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Natural stone or porcelain?

Both stone and porcelain have their benefits – so which should you choose? Here’s our guide to making the right choice for your flooring.

No other material can match natural stone for its beautiful appearance and feel. But bear this in mind: you will need to care for it if it’s to keep looking its best. This means applying sealers and using the right cleaning materials. You’ll need clear up spillages quickly (think red wine, olive oil, wax) or else they will sink into the stone. And once a stain is sunk in the stone, there’s basically never any way of getting it out again apart from sanding down the stone.

It’s true, some stones are less porous than others. Dark stones are more forgiving. And highly polished stones absorb far less. If you’d like to know more different stone types and their suitability for different positions in and around the home, please contact us and we can tell you more.

What about porcelain tiles? The advanced technology our partners in Italy use to manufacture porcelain tiles means it’s possible to achieve almost any look, from natural stone to bleached driftwood – and today the realism is quite extraordinary. Most people will never even notice that tiles are porcelain rather than stone or wood.

And the great advantage of porcelain is that it is easy to lay and even easier to live with. It doesn't need to be sealed, requires hardly any maintenance and you can leave any spillages and mess till the morning without any problems.

So when asking yourself whether you need natural stone or porcelain, think about how you live, how your family and friends behave, how much work you want to put and how vigilant you want to be. What do you want from your tiles? Once you have the answers to those questions, you should be pretty clear on the best choice for you.

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