Porcelain Vs Natural Stone Tiles – Product Comparison

Flooring tiles are typically available in a range of materials, but of them all, porcelain and natural stone are often among the most popular choices. The problem is, it can be difficult for many homeowners to pick between the two.
Here, we take a look at both porcelain and stonetiles and review their advantages and disadvantages so you can have an easier time choosing the proper flooring material for your application.   

Tile Cost and Installation

Natural stone is among the most expensive tile materials available, so in terms of cost, porcelain tiles will offer greater savings if cost is a concern for your project. Natural stone’s expense also extends into the installation phase of your project.

While porcelain tile installation can be a challenge due to the nature of the material and its resistance to adhesion unless it is installed correctly, natural stone can be much more expensive to install because additional labour is required to pre-seal the stone if it’s required.

Natural stone installation also calls for thicker adhesives due to the natural irregularities in the surface of the material. Natural stone also needs to be installed by an experienced hand, especially marble, as some types of marble will warp if the wrong adhesive is used during installation.

Aesthetic Values

Stone has a look that’s crafted by nature, and as a result, every tile is unique, ageless and beautiful. Porcelain, on the other hand, is a manufactured product that is created to mimic the look of natural stone. To the untrained eye, some high quality porcelain tiles look and feel incredibly like natural stone, but the expert will be able to distinguish the difference, as porcelain tiles are not individually unique.

Colour Variety of Porcelain Vs. Natural Stone

Most natural stone tiles have certain restrictions in colour patterns based on the variation of stone being considered. For example, even though the colours of veins can be extremely varying, the core colour of the stone tends to be limited based on whether you’re looking at stone, marble, or granite.

Porcelain, although it tries to mimic natural stone’s look, is available in a much wider variety of colours, because it is a manufactured product.  

Moisture Resistance

Stone tiles tend to be porous and moisture-sensitive due to the material’s inherent defects, such as the inclusion of tiny fissures, holes, chips and weak spots. This makes it susceptible to staining, and as a result, natural stone tiles require regular sealing in order to resist moisture.

Porcelain, on the other hand, is virtually impervious to moisture. Unlike natural stone, porcelain has hardly any pores available for moisture to infiltrate. But the material’s lack of pores also makes installation a less forgiving process, as it is more difficult for adhesives to bond to the tile.

Maintenance of Porcelain Vs. Stone Tiles

Natural stone tile’s maintenance needs tend to be determined by your initial choices. For example, polished honed tiles have fewer maintenance needs than unpolished tiles. The type of stone also has an impact, as granite demands less maintenance than marble, which is a much softer stone.

Porcelain is extremely resilient and therefore, it requires very little maintenance. As a result, those who want the esthetics of stone without the material’s high maintenance problems often prefer porcelain tiles.

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