True marble is absolutely gorgeous, but it’s also unforgiving.

Expensive and fragile, it stains easily and is very difficult to install.

But porcelain tile made with modern technology makes it easy for homeowners to install the elegant, timeless look of marble in their own homes. These days, tiles are manufactured in a spectacular range of styles and textures. Some are even designed with the veining and depth seen in marble, to stunning effect.


“If you don’t have the budget or patience to work with marble, but you love its luxurious appearance, we have porcelain tiles that mimic marble so well it’s hard to tell the difference between our tiles and the real thing,” says Jon Xie, manager of Rui Building Supply in Honolulu.

Perfect for high-traffic areas, bathrooms and kitchens, porcelain tile begins with sand added to clay and fired under high heat and pressure, to create a building material that is dense and non-porous. Porcelain tile floors are ideal for people with severe allergies, as they don’t harbor allergens like carpets and other flooring materials. Highly resistant to stain and dents, porcelain tile is practically kid-proof. Best of all, if a tile floor is regularly washed and occasionally regrouted and sealed, it’ll look great for years.

The Sand Island showroom offers a huge selection of tile in every size and shade imaginable.

“We’re selling a lot of the bigger sizes, especially the tiles that are 32-by-32 inches,” says Xie. “They’re great for people who don’t want to do a lot of grout work. They’re being used for floors and walls, and even from floor to ceiling, as they can create the illusion of a larger space.”

Tiled walls are trending in dining rooms, entryways, on lanais and porches, and even in bedrooms. (Imagine how grand a “marble” wall would look in your home!) Tile can also be used to make lovely kitchen backsplashes, especially in combination with accent tiles.

While you’re shopping for tile at Rui Building Supply, remember to check out the rest of the merchandise in the showroom. The company offers frameless cabinets, showers and vanities; apothecary cabinets; chrome and bronze towel racks, bars and rings; and sinks and basins in porcelain and glass. There’s also a fine selection of classic and contemporary LED light fixtures.

“We always have sales throughout the store, and we offer plenty of special discounts,” says Xie. “Don’t be afraid to ask! We’ll do everything we can to find a price that fits your budget.”

Visit Rui Building Supply at 155 Sand Island Access Road in Honolulu for practically everything you need for your DIY renovation project! The showroom is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

CONTACT 808-848-8820
ADDRESS 155 Sand Island Access Road, Honolulu