Natural Options for Floor Tile with Natural Stone

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floor tileThe Convenience of Floor Tile
Floor tiles are becoming increasingly popular and many homeowners are choosing this type of flooring over other traditional materials. The major benefit of choosing floor tile (instead of hardwood flooring for example) is the ease and convenience with which it can be installed. In some instances, tiles can even be installed by a knowledgeable homeowner saving money on installation costs.
The ease of installation also applies to removal and replacement of damaged tiles. While these tiles are typically very hard to damage, it is not impossible under extreme circumstances. With traditional materials, a large portion of the flooring would need to be removed in order to correct a small affected area. Tile flooring makes it simple to remove and replace only the affected tiles, leaving the surrounding floor tiles undisturbed. This saves a lot of time and material costs while also minimizing the disruption to your home.
The Benefits of Ceramic Tiles
Ceramic tiles are one of the most popular types of floor tiles available today. They offer a beautiful finish that instantly helps to enhance the look of whatever room in which they are installed. The appearance of ceramic tiles is far superior to cheaper vinyl tiles. The two types of ceramic tiles are:
  • Porcelain
  • Non-Porcelain
Non-porcelain ceramic is the traditional type of ceramic. It is also the most economical type of ceramic and the easiest to cut. Porcelain ceramic contains additional bonding materials that produce a glass-like finish.
Ceramic tiles offer the following benefits:
  • Stain resistance
  • Water resistance
  • Excellent durability
  • A stunning appearance
  • Will not shrink or expand
Ceramic tiles are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns that give consumers freedom to find the exact look they want.
The Benefits of Natural Stone
Natural stone tiles offer all of the same benefits of ceramic tiles with increased durability. Common types of natural stone tiling include granite, marble and engineered stone. These types of tiles offer exceptional load bearing qualities and are well-suited for use in any area of the home, especially heavy traffic areas. The use of natural stone tile in your home makes a bold statement of style and practicality.
The uniquely veined and speckled appearance of granite is available in a wide variety of colors and textures. There are different types of granite from all over the world including rare types such as Brazilian granite. Granite is nearly impenetrable on its own, but a sealant is often applied for additional protection against water and bacteria.
Marble is similar in appearance to granite but it is naturally more porous. For this reason, marble must be sealed if it is to be used in the bathroom or kitchen where it can be exposed to water. These sealants only add to the look of the marble and produce a mirror-like finish that complements any room.
Whether you choose ceramic or natural stone floor tile for your home, you can take pride in the long lasting style and elegance that it provides. Talk to a reputable flooring tile dealer today to determine what types of floor tiles are best for your needs and budget.