Natural stone or Ceramic tiles, which one is better for you?

5 Reasons to Choose Ceramic Floor Tiles

Ceramic floor tiles are one of the best options when it comes to tiling your floor, whether you are tiling your kitchen or bathroom floor. These tiles have a number of qualities that make them a highly suitable option for a wide range of purposes. Here are five reasons why you may find that ceramic floor tiles are the most suitable option for your new floor.

1. Long-Lasting

One of the best qualities of ceramic tiles is that they are incredibly durable. They can withstand high amounts of traffic in the busiest areas of your home, and they will last a long time under any conditions so you will not have to worry about replacing them for a long time.

2. Very Little Maintenance Required

Some tiles require more maintenance to keep them in good condition, but with ceramic floor tiles, you get to enjoy tiles that are virtually maintenance-free. The only thing that you will be required to do to keep them in perfect condition is to clean them with a standard cleaning solution and disinfectant and add a coat of sealant every few years. Easy!

3. They Look Great

If you want a floor that looks great then ceramic floor tiles can help you to achieve your desired effect. You can use a range of different color combinations to create the exact pattern that you are looking for, and these tiles are very adaptable so can easily suit your style.

4. Resistant to Moisture

Ceramic floor tiles are highly resistant to moisture, especially if you get them treated properly. This means that they are the ideal option for using in high moisture areas such as the bathroom and the kitchen. With these tiles on your floor, you don’t have to worry about splashes of water causing any damage over the years.

5. Value for Money

Because these tiles are quite affordable and lasts so long, the overall value for money that they provide is hard to beat. So if you are looking for an affordable and stylish way to re-tile your floor that will provide you with many years of use, ceramic floor tiles could be the best option.

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Conclusion

Choose Ceramic Floor Tiles 🙂

There are few better options for your floor when it comes to redecorating than ceramic floor tiles. These tiles are durable, stylish and great value for money, so make sure you consider ceramic tiles as an option next time you decide to re-tile your floor.

 

Choosing Natural Stone Floor Tiles

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If you currently have a ceramic tiled floor or even porcelain tiles, you will know that they look good and are easy to maintain but if you are thinking about changing the design of your room (or just the flooring), whether it is your kitchen, bathroom, hallway or conservatory, then no decision will be complete without considering natural stone tiles as an option.

You may think your budget will not stretch to natural stone but they are available in a range of prices so don’t discount them until you have checked out what’s available. But before thinking about the cost, why would you want to choose a natural stone in the first place?

Flooring is a key design element in any home that can set the whole tone of a space, but it is not easy or cheap to replace and often needs to fit with a range of styles should you decide to alter your décor over time. So it is important for both design and cost consequences that you make the right choice first time.

Natural stone is beautiful and durable with individual characteristics that simply can’t be matched by mass-produced ceramic or porcelain tiles, which are all the same and offer no interest to the viewer. Certainly porcelain tiles now come in “natural stone” effect but these are usually poor imitations of the real thing because they do not contain the natural variations and slight imperfections that make a natural stone so unique.

But even though stone tiles are durable, they do need good, thorough maintenance and will need to be sealed with an appropriate sealant after installation. You will be able to get advice from a reputable supplier about the particular products best suited to different types of stone.

But more importantly than all of this is the look of the tiles and your own personal preference about what sort of design statement you want to make. Will it be ultra-contemporary, traditional, rustic or classically understated? All of these personal preferences will influence your choice. Marble is perfect for a classic, luxurious look or slate for the ideal rustic flooring in a country cottage. Highly polished limestone creates a contemporary feel and some travertine floor tiles manage to combine elegance with a rustic edge. All are impressive.

Don’t forget to think about how the color of the floor will complement your furniture, fittings, accessories, and artwork. Pale golden limestone floor tiles are a perfect background for a neutral design scheme or a bolder one using bright colors. On the other hand, dark slate tiles or black marble will define the design scheme and can mean that other items in a room have to be chosen carefully to avoid the scheme becoming over-dark (or worse, drab and depressing).

But the natural stone is versatile and can look great anywhere providing the style and color is selected carefully to suit your own personal style of interiors. It can be a key element that creates harmony between a number of different rooms.

A few final considerations:

Safety – Remember that highly polished surfaces can be slippery when wet so may not be the best choice in bathrooms or wetrooms.

Samples – make sure to view samples in your own home under your own lighting conditions (not the bright lights of a showroom)

Cost – shop around for bulk buys, discontinued lines and special purchases of natural stone. You won’t regret choosing them rather than ceramic tiles or porcelain tiles.

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