Porcelain Tile and Stone

When a homeowner approaches the duty of a kitchen or bathroom remodel, they most commonly find themselves having to decide on tile, whether it’s for a countertop, backsplash, flooring or bathroom shower. As they begin to make their selections, this popular question arises, “What is the difference between porcelain, ceramic and natural stone tile.”

Porcelain Tile

Pros

• Long-lasting
• Superior resistance to wear and tear, even to rough pet nails
• Resists abrasions and scratches
• Resists bending
• Less porous than natural stone, it offers more stain resistance
• Lower price point than natural stone
• Highly moisture resistant
• Low maintenance, does not require special sealing or special cleaning solutions
• Easy to clean, water just wipes up without any real damage
• Large range of styles that can mimic the look of natural stone and hardwoods
• Ideal for all types of projects – kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, flooring, countertops and walls

Cons
• Its hardness factor makes porcelain tile more difficult to cut, so it should only be installed by a professional
• It tends to be on the heavy side, so you need to make sure the structure can support its weight

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Natural Stone Tile

Pros
• Makes a bold, luxurious statement
• Extremely durable
• Conducts heat well, making it a good choice for radiant heating
• Unique colors, textures and patterns

 

Cons
• Needs to be sealed
• More porous than porcelain tile, making it more susceptible to stains
• Absorption rates vary based on the type of stone
• Hardness varies based on the type of stone, increasing the risk for breakage and abrasions
• Polished stone can scratch easily
• More expensive than porcelain tile
• More difficult to clean than porcelain tile as special cleaning agents are required
• Not a green material option as natural stone is not renewable

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