Stone or ceramic? Which to choose?
In this article, we try to explain the difference between the two. That way, when you plan to buy flooring for your home, your choice will be more informed. Please stay tuned to Upstone.
Natural rocks are mined. They are composed of lime, calcite, magma dolomite and many other elements. They are a porous and dense material with beautiful patterns and streaks and attractive rotations on their surface. They have different water absorption percentages. And they have an original and luxurious appearance.
Ceramics A mixture of clay and other minerals such as silica, quartz, and feldspar that are baked at high temperatures make up ceramic tiles. This process results in the formation of a glass substrate throughout the tile. As a result, it gives the main characteristic of ceramic tiles, ie smooth and uniform texture. These tiles are generally covered with external glaze, have a low water absorption rate and are durable.
Stone is a distinctive material with its own character. Natural stones are available in slabs and tiles. Commonly found in cream, brown, white, gray, ashy , black, green, and other natural colors. Depending on the type of rock, the percentage of water absorption will also vary. Polished polishes are used to achieve shiny surfaces, while Hund or Bosh Hammerd polishes can be used for opaque and rustic textures.
Ceramic tiles are man-made and come in a variety of designs, colors, prints and textures. You can design tiles to simulate natural materials such as wood, bamboo and even natural stone. Ceramics are also available in glossy, opaque and non-slip colors.
The process of installing stone is time consuming and laborious. The stone installer is usually not as frequent as the ceramic installer. It has a higher installation cost and is more difficult to transport from the factory to the project.
Ceramic tiles are available in stores ready to ship. They are easier to install and can cover a large space in a short time. You can also use them shortly after installation. It is possible to cut ceramic tiles manually and therefore they can be produced in different designs and combinations according to customer needs. The overall thickness of the tile is about 10 to 12 mm, which also reduces the overall thickness of your floor.
Ceramic tiles are very durable. These tiles are resistant to both discoloration and scratches. Therefore, they are easily used for 10 to 15 years with proper maintenance.
Although natural stone is significantly stronger than other types of flooring, after a few years of use, its color changes slightly. Of course, with proper maintenance and care, stone flooring can remain intact for about 30 years.
Onyx Marble, as a natural material, costs more than ceramic tiles. Of course, the price of stones is very different. And special and rare stones have a very high price.
The cost of ceramic tiles largely depends on the design and brand you choose. However, because these tiles are man-made, they are more affordable than natural stone.
Natural stone, especially marble, has long been a symbol of luxury and glory. Optional flooring for palaces around the world. Each piece is unique. The luster of polished stone with a beautiful, original and natural appearance increases its charm.
While ceramic tiles are available in a wide range of striking colors and coatings, they are less aesthetically pleasing than natural wood or stone. Perhaps the main reason is the fact that it is original and natural, which makes natural stones have a higher status.
Place of use
Natural stones are the best choice for interiors such as halls, living rooms and bedrooms. Polished stone surfaces may become slippery when used in the bathroom. Since some of them absorb water easily and stain, you should be careful not to choose stones. Some of them have a low water absorption percentage, but others are not and are not a good choice for humid spaces. So the use of natural stone depends a lot on the type of stone you choose.
But you can use ceramic tiles for interior and exterior surfaces as well as crowded places. Since ceramic tiles are available in various non-slip coatings, they are also suitable for bathrooms and kitchens.
In general, the use of ceramic tiles is more common and can be installed in different places. But you have to be more careful about the stone.
When choosing between natural stone and ceramic tile, consider the budget, design, space, location and application according to your needs and make a choice.
While stone offers more durability at a higher price, ceramic tile offers a myriad of design options at lower prices.