Natural stone must be one of the best products available to make into tiles. Why? Everyone tries to imitate it. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are often made to look a lot like natural stone, and vinyl and linoleum are often made to look very much like natural stone. Whilst those finished products can look very much like natural stone, they are not natural stone, and they don’t have the same characteristics as natural stone.
When it comes to natural beauty and touch, natural stone wins hands down over any copies. Ceramic and porcelain tiles can be very good alternatives for those on a tight budget, and those materials will deliver longevity, water resistance and even stain resistance – an important consideration if you have young children around, or like to throw a lot of parties, since some natural stones don’t handle acids very well. Another option are granite tiles – they are perhaps the best natural stone tiles available when it comes to acid resistance.
If your budget allows, why settle for imitations when you can have the real thing? Touch, feel and the general ambiance that natural stone delivers cannot be replicated. Walking barefoot on a slate tile is very different to walking barefoot on an imitation – slate tiles have that textured almost ‘sticky’ secure feel to them – you certainly feel a lot safer stepping out of a shower onto slate tiles compared to many imitations.
Éco Dépôt has a wide range of natural stone tiles, including marble, travertine, granite and slate. We also have a wide range of ceramic and porcelain tiles for those whose budgets are very limited. However, before opting for ceramic or porcelain, look at the natural stone range – they are often very competitively priced or compared to ceramic and porcelain tiles. Why install an imitation natural stone tile when you can have the real thing?