Homeowners who are building or renovating their homes are faced with a perplexing choice of materials, especially in the selection of flooring, countertops, and vanities—areas of the home that you want to stay looking nice even after years of use.
The extensive experience that EZ Tile & Marble has with all tile and natural stone gives us some perspective to offer these tips on the pros and cons of marble, granite, ceramic and porcelain:
Marble exudes luxury and elegance, with no two tiles exactly the same. Being a calcite-based stone, it is somewhat soft and porous, so it usually requires a sealant. Mats and runners should be used over marble flooring in areas of heavy traffic, and spills blotted up immediately. Abrasive cleaners should never be used on marble.
Granite, as a natural stone, comes in a variety of earthy colors and patterns. It is heat-resistant and practically indestructible, but it does cost more than other choices. It also requires more maintenance, including periodic sealing to protect it against acidic liquids such as vinegar, fruit juice, wine and coffee, which can dull or etch granite.
Ceramic tiles, which are made from clay, are produced in a wide variety of colors and styles, and are less prone to stain than natural stone. Ceramic is also less expensive than granite or marble. However, it is susceptible to chips and cracks, and is more different to repair or resurface than stone.
Porcelain is a type of ceramic tile that is fired at hotter temperatures, rendering it denser than standard ceramic. While its density makes it suitable for outdoor use, it’s also harder to cut and install.
Your choice of material depends on your priorities for how it’s to be used. Therefore, the best way to choose is to discuss the details with a professional. EZ Tile & Marble offers a free consultation to help you decide on the best choices for your home, so contact us today.