Many homeowners shopping for tile tend to look for the "prettiest" or "trendiest" tile on the market to change the appearance of their home.
However, going by looks alone shouldn't be the only criteria that you use to guide your selection process. It is important to understand the inherent qualities behind both ceramic tile and stone tile, and which would be the best suited for your home. For example, the durability and functionality of both tiles are characteristics that should be considered, when making the final decision between ceramic tile and stone tile.
All ceramic tiles are synthetic. They are produced by using a kiln to fire them. Ceramic tile comes in glazed, unglazed, and terracotta, which is a red clay material. Ceramic tile is rated on a class scale by the Porcelain Enamel Institute and given a PEI class.
This PEI class rating determines the amount of foot traffic the specific tile can handle. For example, ceramic tiles that are a class 1 should not handle foot traffic and should not be used for flooring. A class 3 rating can handle heavy foot traffic and would be a smart choice for your flooring material.
In Central Florida, ceramic tile is the most popular selection for flooring and is more cost effective.
Pros & Cons of Ceramic
As mentioned earlier, homeowners looking for uniformity and an identifiable color, or pattern, are going to want ceramic tile. The smooth, even finish allows both cleaners and sealants to do their job more easily. In the end, ceramic tile is also more affordable than ones made from natural stone.
On the other hand, ceramic tile is less weather resistant than natural stone. Ceramic tile should not be exposed to harsh weather or extremely cold temperatures, due to the properties of its synthetic nature. In Florida, ceramic tile would be a choice option for homeowners.
Natural stone makes for a beautiful finish on countertops, backsplashes, and flooring. Some of the most popular types of stone tile include
Of these materials, Granite wins first prize for durability and crack resistance. This is one of the hardest materials in the world and is a favorite among homeowners. When it comes to choosing a natural stone material for flooring, the variety of aesthetics that are available ultimately leaves it up to the homeowner. All natural stone is unique and has variations in the grain and veining within it.
Stone tile creates a high-end look and is more commonly used for backsplashes.
Pros & Cons of Stone
As the name suggests, natural stone is of course found in nature. As such, it is extremely durable and weather resistant. This attribute makes them an excellent choice for heavy foot traffic areas and a great option for outdoor flooring on an exterior patio, or in a kitchen.
Other positive qualities of stone tile include an improved market value for your home and a unique pattern that cannot be duplicated.
On the downside, stone tile is much more expensive than ceramic tile. The inconsistency in texture and colors can possibly make a room appear too busy. Natural stone is also harder to seal and maintain. This is because the sealants and cleaners are unable to cover the surface evenly.
Making the Decision!
If you live within the Plant City, Lakeland, Winter Haven, or surrounding areas in Central Florida, talk to the professionals at True Builders about both ceramic and natural stone tile, by calling (863) 647-1800. Either one can be a beautiful option, that can add value and a pleasing aesthetic to your home. Knowing the benefits and drawbacks to both, before making your final decision, is essential towards making a good choice!
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