Comparison: Stone vs. Porcelain Tile

July 6, 2011

We’ve discussed tile maintenance, trends & styles before, but there’s another comparison worth mentioning: Stone vs. Porcelain Tile.

Raven Inside Interior Design contemporary bathroom
contemporary bathroom design by vancouver interior designer Claudia Leccacorvi

Stone tile is a natural material sourced from all over the world. When compared with porcelain tile, a major benefit to stone tiles is that they can easily and cost-effectively be reground in place or polished to look brand new.

Although cracking and pitting is fairly common among stone tile, many homeowners have found it can give stone tile floors or countertops a more rustic feel than the smooth and polished surface of porcelain tiles.

Contemporary shower with gray accent glass tile
Contemporary Bathroom design by San Francisco Interior Designer Mark Newman Design

Porcelain tile is a durable, practical and versatile option for homeowners. When compared with stone tile, benefits to porcelain tiles include being:

  • Cheaper to transport
  • Easier to cut
  • Simpler and faster to install

Although all tiles are fairly stain resistant and easy to maintain, porcelain tile are less porous than stone tile, meaning stains are generally confined to smaller areas and easier to clean.

For more information and examples of porcelain and stone tile, visit Ann Saks tile. Feel free to contact us for specific ideas of integrating tile into your home, too!

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