When building or remodeling a space almost all homeowners will face a moment of indecisiveness on what tile to choose between natural stone tile and porcelain tile. Some will opt for porcelain tile that looks like natural stone. And some others would rather choose the real deal. If you are confused about the two, here is a breakdown of how to distinguish them.  

Did you know that porcelain tiles are just a variety of ceramic tiles? They are almost the same. The difference is in the way they are made. Although the two are made from clay, porcelain tiles are made from refined clay and dried under immense temperatures. In addition, they are much more expensive and denser than ceramic tiles. They are a good option for flooring especially in high traffic areas or outdoors. 

On the other hand, natural stone tile is mined from the surface of the earth. They can be used for interior and exterior decors such as flooring, walls, backsplashes, and fire hearths. Some examples of natural rock are granite, marble, quartz, sandstone, quartzite, travertine, and limestone. 

Natural Stone Tile

How Is Natural Stone Tile Different From Porcelain Tile?

Porcelain tiles are being made to look like natural stones. Thus, it can be hard to distinguish the two. However, some major differences will keep you at bay so that you can choose the right tile for your project. 

1. Durability

Natural stone such as granite is quite hard. Did you know that it is the hardest stone second to diamonds? So why wouldn’t you choose natural stone tile for your application? On the other hand, porcelain tiles are remarkably hard which is why there is some recommended outdoor use. But once they get broken, the whole tiles have to be replaced.

2. Stain resistance

How do you know that a tile is stain-resistant? If it is porous, then it is susceptible to stains. Porcelain undergoes extreme heat of around 2000°F. Hence, nothing can soak in them. Most natural stone tiles are stain-resistant especially when they are sealed. For instance, quartz is the most stain-resistant natural stone since it is non-porous and it doesn’t need to be sealed. 

3. Maintenance

Natural stone is easy to maintain but it all depends on the type of stone you choose. However, most are low maintenance but it is advisable that during cleaning, you choose a cleaner that is neutral based. Porcelain is susceptible to the grout which is hard to clean. So, eventually, it will require regular replacement. 

4. Value

Natural stone tiles will increase your home value by a huge margin in comparison with porcelain tiles. You can use a stone to revamp the bathroom, wall cladding, kitchen countertops, cabinets, and the outside exterior. For instance, marble is an exquisite and elegant stone that can increase resale home value.

Natural Stone Tiles You Can Choose From

One of the leading manufacturers and exporters of natural stone is Madhav Marbles and Granite Ltd. They have a wide array of natural stones such as granite, marble, sandstone, and quartzite. Here is an in-depth look at each one of them. 

1. Granite

Granite is one of the most popular natural stones used in interior and exterior design. It is durable, available in multiple varieties, aesthetically appealing, heat, and stain-resistant. Since it’s known for its durability, it can be used for flooring, countertops, cabinets, and external facades. Some of the popular names include Coffee Brown Granite, Black Galaxy Granite, and Kashmir White.

Large Granite Tile

2. Marble

Marble is associated with elegance in any space. It can be used for countertops, flooring, walls, and facades. This stone is durable, heat resistant, and available in rich colors. At Madhav Marbles & Granite Ltd, we offer a variety of marble such as Rainforest Gold, Fantasy Brown, and others. 

Marble Flooring

3. Sandstone

Sandstone is known for its non-porosity quality. However, it is also fire and heat-resistant. It can be used for fire hearths, walkways, and wall cladding. Teakwood Sandstone is one of the most sought-after natural stone tiles. 

4. Quartz

Quartz is 95% natural but it has a lot of perks. It is durable, antibacterial, low maintenance, and available in several colors. It can be used for flooring, staircases, countertops, and ceiling.

Premium Quality Natural Stone Tile At Madhav Marbles & Granite Ltd

From the context given above, it is clear that natural stone tile proves to be a better investment both in terms of look and money. 

Madhav Marbles & Granite Ltd is one of the leading manufacturers of natural stones. We own state-of-the-art machinery equipped with advanced technology to offer you bespoke solutions. 

Whether you are looking for natural stone in the form of tile, block, or slab, we are here to fulfill your requirements. 

Choose from a variety of natural stone tiles. Get your hands on the best products. 

Let’s discuss your dream project!  

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