Choosing Natural Stone Tile

Choosing Natural Stone Tile

November 11, 2014

Whether you’re working on a shower, backsplash, floor, fireplace surround, or another surface you’re covering with tile, it’s important to choose a tile that will stand up to scuffs, spills, cleaners, and the other factors that can wear on a surface.

Crema Marfil Tiles

 Crema Marfil tiles designed by Renovisions, Inc.; photo via Houzz

Not sure what kind of tile you should select for your project? Here are some things to consider…

• Where will it be placed? Whether it’s for a backsplash, countertop, or floor will help you decide how durable your tile needs to be. For example, is it for a residential area such as a foyer or bathroom? For a foyer, be sure to select something that won’t easily scratch as people walk in and out. In the bath, you can choose a bit of a more delicate material since most of the time users will be barefoot.

• How much maintenance is “too much” for you? Marble takes a bit more work than granite. But both are worth a little effort. The color tile you choose matters too. For example, a light marble will help conceal small scratches.

• What size tiles do you want to use? Larger tiles are very trendy and rectangular tiles, such as those measuring 12-inches by 24-inches or bigger, are also very hot right now. And, of course, smaller subway tiles are lovely, always offering a classic look.

• For flooring, how much foot traffic does the area experience?

• What’s your budget? Tile comes in a wide range of prices, so be sure to narrow down your budget before you begin researching your options.

Here at Marble and Granite, Inc., these are a few of our most popular selling tiles…

Crema Marfil 12x12 Polished

Crema Marfil marble tiles; photo via Marble and Granite, Inc.


Bianco Carrara Tiles

Bianco Carrara marble tiles; photo via Marble and Granite, Inc.

Marble is one of the more popular natural stone tile choices, mainly because it’s beautiful and timeless. The whirling patterns and nuances of marble make it so distinctive. It requires some specific maintenance and must be sealed regularly, but the classic, luxurious look of marble makes it a natural choice.

Granite, on the other hand, is a popular tile choice because it’s exceptionally durable in addition to being attractive. Granite is actually the second hardest substance on earth, next to diamonds. It’s very easy to clean, plus it can be used just about anywhere. Flamed or honed surfaces offer a distinctive look that also offers added resistance to stains, scratches, and other wear and tear.

Absolute Black Polished Tiles

Absolute Black granite tiles; photo via Marble and Granite, Inc.

What’s the best way to decide? Look at the stone in person. A reputable distributor should let the user pull a tile from each box, as we show in the photos above, to see the range of variation. This is especially important when selecting marble tiles. If the variation is not acceptable, the homeowner should look at another material.

Have questions? Come in and talk with our natural stone experts at Marble and Granite, Inc. We’ll show you your options and help guide you towards a tile choice that will work perfectly for your design.


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