Ceramic Tile vs. Natural Tile for Your Bathroom Floors

Both ceramic tile and natural tile are great options for your bathroom floor, but you have to choose which is best for you.

A bathroom renovation or remodel is all about choices. One of those is what type of materials you’ll choose for your bathroom floors. It depends on your style, budget, and the overall design of your bathroom but having more information makes the decision that much easier to make. Keep reading for an overview of ceramic tile versus natural tile for your bathroom floors.

All About Ceramic

Let’s start with ceramic — they are kiln-fired and usually made from red or white clay. Ceramic tiles provide the look of identifiable color patterns and are typically easier to clean and seal. The Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) rates and evaluates ceramic for quality purposes. It receives ratings between class 1 and Class 3 depending on its ability to withstand little to moderate foot traffic with the higher class being used for bathroom floors and other flooring applications. Lower PEI rated ceramic is usually reserved for use on walls. Ceramic tile is also known for its smooth texture, which makes it easier to distribute sealant and cleaning products. One of the drawbacks of using ceramic tile is that this material is less weather resistant than natural stone or other flooring options. Before choosing to install ceramic for your bathroom floors, consider the climate in which you live as ceramic doesn’t withstand cold climates as well as other materials. It also shouldn’t be installed near entryways where frost can cause it to break and crack.

The Nature of Natural Stone

Natural stone tile includes the following materials: slate, marble, limestone, travertine, and granite. One of the biggest benefits of using natural tile for your bathroom floors is that it is incredibly resistant to weather and wear. Slate is made from a sedimentary rock that has been transformed into a metamorphic rock through years of natural heat and compression. Granite is the result of several phases of the cooling and hardening of molten substances, making it the most durable and resistant to cracks. Marble, limestone, and travertine are all formed from the long-term compression of fossil remains. Although using natural tile will add value to your home, the texture, color, and quality of these materials is often inconsistent. The unevenness can also make these materials trickier to maintain with sealant and cleaner.  


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