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Sep 25

Stockett Staff

Differences Between Natural Stone Tile, Ceramic Tile, and Porcelain Tile

by Stockett Staff

Differences Between Natural Stone Tile, Ceramic Tile, and Porcelain Tile

Learn about the pros and cons of natural stone tile, ceramic tile, and porcelain tile.

Are you planning to remodel your home? Whether you’re renovating your kitchen, bathroom, patio, or replacing the flooring in your home, you have many materials to choose from. Some of the most popular options include natural stone tile, ceramic tile, and porcelain tile.

Tile terminology can be confusing for consumers. Most types of tile are made of a form of clay or clay mixture that is kiln-fired. These tiles are considered part of a larger category of tile known as ceramic tile. Ceramic tiles are divided into non-porcelain and porcelain tiles. Non-porcelain ceramic tiles are commonly referred to as ceramic tiles.

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tile is the least expensive option, followed by porcelain and then natural stone. Ceramic tile is also the easiest to install. However, ceramic is also the most susceptible to chipping. Ceramic tiles are suited to light to moderate traffic and are more prone to wear and tear than porcelain tiles. Because ceramic tiles have a higher absorption rating, they are less resistant to frost than porcelain tiles.

Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain tiles require more careful installation and maintenance than ceramic tiles, but they are denser and less porous. They have a lower water absorption rate, so they are more resistant to frost. Both porcelain and ceramic tiles are fired, but porcelain tiles are fired at higher temperatures and for a longer period of time than ceramic tiles.

Glazed porcelain tiles are harder and more resistant to damage. They are coated with liquid glass that is baked onto the surface of the clay. The glaze protects the tiles from staining and also allows different designs and colors to be added to the tiles.

Porcelain is more durable than ceramic tile and is suitable for heavy use. Using porcelain or ceramic tiles outside generally isn’t recommended because they absorb too much water and could crack if you live in an area where it freezes. There are some porcelain tiles that are specifically designed for exterior use, however.

Natural Stone Tiles

Natural stone tiles require the most care to install, but they offer maximum durability and boast a timeless appearance. No two pieces of natural stone are alike. The colors, textures, and markings of natural stone tile vary widely. The types of natural stone most frequently used to make tiles include slate, flagstone, granite, marble, travertine, and limestone. Each type of natural stone has unique traits and maintenance requirements. Some types of natural stone are resistant to moisture while others are sensitive to it. Although natural stone may be more costly upfront, it is an affordable long-term option when you consider factors like durability, lifespan, and timelessness.

Natural stone can be re-polished if it is scratched. Natural stone also requires ongoing sealing to protect it from staining and wear and tear. The beauty and durability of natural stone tiles make them a top choice among designers, architects, homebuilders, and homeowners.

There are a variety of natural stone finishes to choose from, whether you want to use natural stone for your floors, walls, or countertops. Contrary to popular belief, natural stone tiles aren’t difficult to maintain. When properly sealed, natural stone tiles are easy to care for. Stone is also the best choice for outdoor applications. Porcelain may come close to mimicking the appearance of stone, but it could never match stone’s uniqueness and durability.

Get Natural Stone Tile in Phoenix and Scottsdale

Natural stone tiles are versatile and can be used for kitchen floors, basements, bathrooms, outdoor patios, and more. If you would like to install natural stone tiles in Phoenix or Scottsdale, call 623.344.8400 or contact Stockett Tile & Granite online. We are leaders in natural stone fabrication and installation in Arizona.