Natural Stone Vs Ceramic or Porcelain Tile Flooring

Many of our customers say that they love the look of stone, ceramic, and porcelain tile flooring. Unfortunately, they don’t always know which option suits their needs best.

We have years of experience helping Arizona homeowners choose the perfect tiling for their rooms. In this post, we’ll pass along some of the things we’ve learned. You can use the information to help you choose natural stone, ceramic, or porcelain tile flooring from our warehouse.

Perfect tile flooring options

Keep in mind that Express Flooring offers tile plus installation, so you don’t have to worry about doing the job or hiring someone to install your new flooring.

The Benefits of Natural Stone Tiling

First, let’s talk about the materials that count as “natural stone.” Most of our natural stone tiling is made from materials like:

  • Granite
  • Slate
  • Limestone
  • Sandstone

Each of these materials has pros and cons that you should know about.


We love granite tiling because it’s the strongest, densest material used to make tile. The compact construction means that granite natural stone tiling can resist stains and spills. The material is somewhat porous, though, so we will seal it after we install your new tile.

Granite tile flooring

We also like granite tiling because manufacturers make so many types. You can choose anything from polished, smooth granite to natural granite that feels rough to the touch.


Slate has a hardy construction that makes it nearly as strong as granite. We rarely see slate tiles that crack or break. We have, however, seen slate tiling chip along the edges. We apply a chemical seal to prevent your stone tiles from chipping.


Unlike most flooring options, limestone looks better with age. Over time, the natural stone starts to look like it belongs in an ancient Greek monument.

Limestone is a very porous material, though, so you cannot skip the chemical sealing process.

Simple limestone flooring

When installed properly, you can expect limestone tiles to outlast nearly every other part of your home.


We wouldn’t recommend installing sandstone tiles in wet areas like the kitchen or bathroom. It’s too porous to handle so much moisture. It does look beautiful in other areas of the home, though.

If you live in an arid part of Arizona, you might even want sandstone tiling for your patio.

Regardless, we’ll seal it several times for added protection.

The Benefits of Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Flooring

As much as we love natural stone tiling, it doesn’t fit the needs and aesthetics of some homes. Luckily, we work with dozens of companies that manufacture ceramic and porcelain tile.

Porcelain and ceramic share a lot of qualities. There are some differences worth knowing before you start comparing your options, though.

Porcelain Tiles Are More Resilient Than Ceramic Tiles

Porcelain tile has such a hard, nonporous surface that it’s impervious to water. That makes porcelain perfect for bathrooms, mudrooms, and kitchens.

Companies put their tiles through tests before they can market their products as “porcelain.” The most challenging test includes:

  • Weighing tile
  • Boiling the tile for 5 hours
  • Leaving the tile underwater for 24 more hours
  • Weighing the tile, again

As long as the tile’s weight doesn’t increase by more than 0.05%, companies can market it as porcelain. That basically means that the tile didn’t absorb any water throughout the test. It’s an incredibly high standard that ensures your floor can resist any spill.

Ceramic Tiles Usually Cost Less Than Porcelain Tiles

Since porcelain has to meet such high standards, manufacturers charge higher prices for it. If you want to save money, then you should probably pay more attention to ceramic tiling.

Bob Vila’s website says that porcelain tile costs 60% more than ceramic tiles, on average. We didn’t want to second-guess a legend like Vila, but we still compared our prices. Not surprisingly, Vila knows what he’s talking about. There’s a lot of variety in prices, but you can expect to spend about 60% more on porcelain.

Beautiful ceramic tile flooring

You save money with ceramic tiles, but you don’t get as much water resistance. As long as you take care of the floor, though, you don’t have much to worry about. Ceramic works great for most families.

Why You Should Get Your Tile Flooring From Express Flooring

Plenty of stores in Arizona sell stone, ceramic, and porcelain tiles. Why should you buy your tile from Express Flooring?

We already mentioned above that Express Flooring customers get tile installation. We haven’t talked about some of the other benefits that you get from choosing our company.

For instance, we give you a Lifetime Installation Warranty. If our professionals make a mistake installing your tile, we will take care of the installation related problem.

Also, we offer 0% financing to qualifying customers. Naturally, depending on your credit score and pay for your tile within 12 months, you don’t pay any interest on your loan. If you can’t repay the full amount with a year, then you can choose 36-month or 48-month loans.

Other reasons to choose Express Flooring include:

  • Next-day installation on all of the products we have in stock.
  • Free in-home consultation that helps you choose the perfect tile for every room.
  • Accurate estimates for materials and installation that help you stay within budget.

Get Your Free, In-Home Estimate From Express Flooring

Schedule your free, in-home estimate today. We confirm your appointment, bring large samples, and help you choose the perfect tile for your floor.

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Natural Stone Vs Ceramic or Porcelain Tile Flooring was last modified: April 18th, 2019 by Express Flooring