3. How do natural stone tiles differ from ceramic tiles?
Natural stone tiles are created by cutting through blocks of stone quarried straight from the earth, meaning they are made of the same natural material throughout. Numerous finishes can be applied to natural stone to create varying textures, tones and looks, making it a wonderfully versatile material. No two pieces are the same and each will bear markings and fossils to illustrate its history and formation. Even if they become chipped and when they are finished to look aged, the same colour and texture still exists throughout.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are man-made – colours, decorative glazes or prints are applied to the surface of a tile to create the desired look. If they become chipped the surface design could be removed, exposing the layer beneath commonly known as the ‘biscuit’.
To read more about why we are passionate about stone take a look at our blog entitled Ten reasons to use natural stone in your project.