Natural Stone or Porcelain?


If you’re struggling to decide between choosing natural stone and porcelain, you are not alone! There is a lot to consider when comparing the two, so we’re here to give you a little guidance on the topic!
 


Natural stone provides soft, natural, organic tones whereas p
orcelain tiles are designed to mimic the look of natural stone!

 

Porcelain Tile

 

Natural Stone

 

First and foremost… cost! 

As you’ve probably noticed, natural stone is a little more expensive than porcelain tiles, and this cost can sometimes extend into the installation of the product too. If you’re building your dream home, then you may want to invest a little more into your tile choices! However if this is simply an investment property, a porcelain option may be a more practical solution for you. 


Let’s consider the aesthetic value… 

Nothing compares to natural stone, am I right? The look, the feel, the natural variation in every piece… it really can’t be matched. In saying this, there are many porcelain options now that mimic the look of natural stone incredibly well. 

Often we have customers who are hesitant to commit to natural stone due to the simple fact that you can’t guarantee exactly what colour batch you’re going to get! However, there are others that believe this inherent variation is part of the beauty of stone (and we agree!). If you’re after very specific colouring, then porcelain might be the best option for you as this is a manufactured product and you know exactly what to expect! 

 

Maintenance and moisture resistance… 

Natural stone requires sealing, which we recommend doing prior to grouting. The frequency of sealing will depend on where it is laid, i.e. stone that’s laid outdoors under a tree will need more attention than a stone laid on a bathroom floor for instance. It’s always best to speak with an expert when choosing your stone to consider all factors. 

Porcelain, on the other hand, is non-porous and very resilient. This means no sealing or maintenance required only your general cleaning!

 

Sealers… 

AQUA-SEAL GOLD+ is used & trusted by Professionals. Perfect for when you need to make the right sealer choice. Provides Maximum Stain Resistance against oil, food and grime. Inhibits mould and mildew growth. AQUA-SEAL GOLD+ is a below surface, penetrating type, natural look sealer. It is water based and non flammable. This is non yellowing, non coating and UV resistant. It can be used as a pre-grouting sealer to help prevent grout haze and grout staining. 

If you’re still struggling, pop in to see one of our expert and friendly designers to discuss the best option for you!

 


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