There are a million different kinds of stone — and there are just as many different kinds of stone tile! We’re big fans of stone tile, and we’re overjoyed that it’s back in style. It’s highly versatile, durable, luxurious, and offers a huge range of styling options. What’s not to love? Check out our guide below for more information about this type of tile.
What’s Stone Tile, and Why’s It So Hot?
When we say stone tile, we’re referring to a category of tile that is made from mountain-born materials. This includes limestone, granite, travertine, slate, marble, and sandstone, among others. Each of these kinds has its own pros and cons, but on the whole, stone is one of the safest bets for tile.
Stone tiles were less popular in the middle of the twentieth century, as vinyl and laminates rose to prominence and wood floors saw a renaissance. However, the return to stone has been a long time coming. Stone is a natural, recurring resource; it’s highly durable; and it never looks dated.
Where Do People Use Stone Tile?
You name it! It’s used for floors, countertops, accent walls, backsplashes, shower floors, shower walls—anywhere you would put tile, you can put stone tile. Each particular stone will do better in different areas of the home. Ask your local flooring retailer for more details on specific stones.
Pros of Stone Tile
- Eco-friendly. It’s is entirely natural, quarried from mountains. It’s wholly renewable, nonpolluting, and lessens our impact on the environment.
- Durable. Not all stone tiles are equally durable, but all are made of stone. Of eco-friendly materials like stone, hardwood, or cork, stone is your best bet for long-term durability.
- Generally low-maintenance. As we mentioned above, each stone tile is different, but most don’t require special cleaners or regular maintenance, aside from sealing.
- Wholly unique. Because stone is a natural resource, no two stone tiles are exactly the same. This variability is a large part of its popularity; if you use stone tile for your floors or countertops, your home will never look exactly like anyone else’s. Plus, they age incredibly well and continue to settle into their patterning over time.
Cons of Stone Tile
- Generally very porous. There’s no avoiding it; natural stone is porous. With the exception of some slate and granite tiles, stone tile will require periodic sealing. All liquid spills should be quickly cleaned.
- Some are less durable than others. Certain varieties of stone will be more likely to crack and chip. Always be sure to ask your local tile experts about the characteristics of the stone tile you’re interested in.
- Expensive. Compared to other kinds of tile, stone tile tends to fall at the high end of the price spectrum. However, within its range, stone tile ranges from reasonably affordable (travertine) to premium pricing (marble).
If you’re ready to explore the wide world of stone tile, head on over to our showroom today! We carry the full spectrum of choices, and our experts will be able to point you in the direction of a stone tile that will fit your needs.