Stone vs Tiles For Floors

Stone Effect TilesSo, you’re looking at getting a new floor for your bathroom or kitchen are you? And wood just won’t cut it? Then you’re stuck between two choices, my friend: stone or tiles. Both function, more or less, but you need to know which would function best depending on your own wants and needs.

To start with, remember that the primary difference between stone flooring and tiles is this; tiles are actually made, whereas stone must be hewn and shaped. This means that tiles come in a far greater variety of shapes, colours, patterns and densities than stone can, and each tile is consistent. If you buy a red tile that’s 15mm thick, you’ll get a red tile that’s 15mm thick. Even if they’re not exactly as you want them, they’re easily cut and adjusted to boot. They’re also available at far greater quantity for much less. After all, stone has taken several million years at volcanic temperatures and pressures to make. A tile was baked in a kiln a couple of months ago, if that, all by human hands.

As a result, you have far greater flexibility with tiles than you would solid stone, both in design and in budget, and is thus perfect for freeform design exactly as you want it. Stone, meanwhile, varies quite a bit in colour and also in thickness, the latter meaning it is a little trickier to install and may require professional assistance.

But don’t write stone flooring off just yet. The fact is, stone is expensive for a reason, and the reason is that it’s a darn good material and highly durable to boot. When tiles have been reduced to dust and fragments by the ravages of time, stone will look pretty much as it always did. Even if it does chip or scratch, the colour goes all the way through and thus won’t be especially noticeable, and stone can be ground down anyway to make it look good as new.

What about the variances in shape and colour? The fact is those can actually look very handsome in the right setting. Natural stone looks, oddly enough, rather natural, and this can make your kitchen very warm and inviting when applied correctly. Recent developments in diamond cutting also mean that stones can be tailor cut to certain uniform thicknesses.

Lastly, stone can seriously add value to your home in a way that no other tile flooring can match. This makes it invaluable to people who intend to sell their homes at some point in the future. For a compromise, you can even get stone effect tiles which offer you the best of both worlds - the beauty of stone coupled with the price and ease of installation of tiles.

Still not decided? Why not check out for yourself at www.wallsandfloors.co.uk and finally make up your mind there.

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