Ceramic or Natural Stone Flooring?

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So what will it be? Beautiful ceramic or rustic natural stone flooring? When making the final decision on what type of flooring material you’re going to install in your home it involves much more than simply how the tile will complement the interior. In addition to style, functionality, durability, and safety should be taken into consideration.

Deciding whether to go with ceramic or natural stone can be a tough decision. That’s why it’s important to understand the disadvantages and the benefits of each flooring material.

Ceramic Tile
Beautiful ceramic tiles are often installed in common areas of the home such as the bathroom and kitchen. Ceramic flooring materials are evaluated and rated by the Porcelain Enamel Institute. Standard ceramic tiles have a PEI rating of Class 1 to Class 3. This means that the flooring can handle the moderate impact. The quality and durability of ceramic flooring largely depend upon its classification. So the higher the rating the more foot traffic the tile can stand up too.

Benefits
If you desire a flooring material with a distinguishable design or pattern and color then you’re likely leaning towards ceramic tiles. Ceramic flooring is available in a wide array of rich hues, textures, and sizes. One of the best features of ceramic tiles is that it can capture the look of various flooring styles such as hardwood and stone.

Ceramic tiles are easy to maintain. Its smooth texture allows for sealant and cleaning products to be evenly distributed over the surface. It’s also more resistant to scratches and scuff marks. Ceramic floor materials are affordable with a price range from $3 to $7 per square feet.

Disadvantages
Ceramic tiles are often manufactured in production runs. As a result, there can be drastic size variations between lots. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure that the caliber and lot number are the same throughout your order. Resurfacing and repairing ceramic can be a bit difficult to keep that in mind when considering installing ceramic in high-traffic areas. Also, ceramic isn’t considered a high-end flooring choice and can appear a bit plastic. That’s why it’s essential to choose the right type of ceramic flooring.

Natural Stone
Natural stone flooring encompasses marble, slate, granite and travertine floor types. Marble, limestone, travertine, and limestone are derived from compressed fossil remains while granite is an igneous rock.

Benefits
Since natural stone floors are composed of natural materials it is super durable. It’s resistant to harsh weather and extreme wear. Unlike ceramic, natural stone is considered to be an upscale flooring material because the look can’t be simulated with synthetic materials like most flooring types. Installing some type of natural stone floors will increase the overall value of your home.

Disadvantages
The uniqueness of natural stone makes it expensive. Natural stone has an inconsistent texture and color. Therefore, it may be a bit of a challenge to get a consistent or uniform look. Maintaining natural stone floors aren’t easy. The unevenness makes it difficult to clean and apply sealant too.

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