Ceramic vs. Natural Stone (Benefits and Disadvantages)

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So what will it be? Beautiful ceramic or rustic natural stone? When making the final decision on what type of flooring material you are going to install, it involves much more than merely how the tile will complement the interior’s design. In addition, 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 is why it is so important to understand the disadvantages and the benefits of each flooring material. To help you gain a little more understanding and make the ultimate decision, we create a guide filled with the must-knows. Let’s take a look!

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is 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 are mostly dependant upon its classification. So the higher the rating, the more foot traffic the tile can stand.

Benefits
If you desire a flooring material with a distinguishable design or pattern and color, you are likely leaning towards ceramic tile. Ceramic flooring is available in a wide array of rich hues, textures, styles, 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, making the decision process easier. Plus, ceramic tile is easy to maintain. Its smooth texture allows for sealant and cleaning products to be evenly distributed over the surface. It is also more resistant to scratches and scuff marks. Plus, you will find ceramic floor materials are an affordable option for consumers.

Disadvantages
Ceramic tiles are often manufactured in production runs. As a result, there can be size variations between lots; therefore, you will 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, so keep that in mind when considering installing ceramic in high-traffic areas.

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 is resistant to harsh weather and extreme wear. Unlike ceramic, natural stone is considered to be an upscale flooring material because the look cannot be simulated with synthetic materials like most flooring types. Plus, installing some sort 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 challeng

e to get a consistent or uniform look. Maintaining natural stone floors is not easy, the unevenness makes it difficult to clean and apply sealant.

With all flooring comes advantages and disadvantages, you will need to determine what features are most important to you and see if they outweigh the cons. If you have any further questions on the selection process, our staff is ready to answer all of your questions. Please do not hesitate to call or visit us for more information. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

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