ASK KEN - EP. 19:
I've just learned about stone-look porcelain tile. Should I consider it or just stick to natrual stone?
Ken's Quick Answer:
"Want an authentic stone look? You don’t need to buy stone. Consider porcelain tile with a stone look—which can also be more durable."
Ken's In-Depth Answer:
"Today, I want to tell you about using stone in bathrooms. A lot of people are drawn to the idea of using stone in bathrooms because they think 'luxury.'
But stone has problems. Marble, for instance—it scratches, it etches, it stains. In the video above, I take a look at two samples. One is a marble tile, the other is a porcelain facsimile.
Porcelain has an advantage over real stone, as it is impervious to moisture, and therefore it’s almost impossible to stain. It’s also extremely scratch resistant. Increasingly, you can get the same look of natural stone in porcelain.
So if you want an authentic stone look, ask your retailer to show you porcelain tiles as well as stone tiles. I think it’s a more practical solution. It’s easier to maintain and may make you happier in the long run.
If you need any help selecting tile or natural stone for your home, don't hesitate to give us a call at 401-214-0285."