September 30, 2018
There are many different types of replica or “look” tiles; these tiles that are made from porcelain or ceramic but resemble the look and feel of a natural material. This month, we’re exploring stone-look tiles.
Stone look tiles capture the authentic look of natural stone while being cheaper, lighter, easier to maintain, and more versatile.
The versatility of stone look tiles means they can be used as indoor or outdoor floor tiles, or on walls to create a striking feature wall.
What are Stone Look Tiles?
As the name suggests, stone look tiles replicate the classic look of natural stone but are made from porcelain or ceramic. These tiles capture the characteristics of stone without the issues that often come with using natural stone tiles.
Stone look tiles also come in a range of finishes and looks, including porcelain reproduction of Calacatta marble or Graphite marble, or slate-like texture porcelain tiles with tonal variation.
Tile types that replicate natural materials such as wood and stone are often surrounded by preconceived ideas about their “fake” look, with buyers if these tiles do not look as authentic as the real thing. However, these days this is certainly not true!
With technology advancing the design and manufacture of stone look tiles, they no longer look artificial or fake. Old stone look tiles they lacked depth, were often mass produced, making each tile look exactly the same, and often lacked any characteristics of natural stone. These days however, high-end stone tiles are printed with around 20-30 different “faces” before the pattern starts to repeat, making it basically undetectable.
Benefits of Stone Look Tiles
Stone look tiles combine the undeniably impressive characteristics of stone with the benefits of designed and manufactured tiles.
While stone tiles are often associated with sky-high costs, customers will be happy to know that stone look porcelain tiles can be more affordable than natural stone.
Wide Range of Colours and Styles
Unlike natural stone tiles that are limited to the colours of the natural resource they are derived from, stone look tiles can take on a range of colours, finishes, cuts, and styles to not only suit your home but also add an air of sophistication. In addition, stone look tiles deliver what they promise. Real stone can vary greatly depending on the quarry and the cut.
Durability and Maintenance
Unlike natural stone, porcelain and ceramic stone look tiles are far more resistant to stains, scratches, and indentations.
With the right finish, stone look tiles are a great choice for those high traffic areas of your home, or in an anti-slip finish, they can be a classy addition to balconies, pools, and bathrooms.
Stone look tiles also don’t require the maintenance of natural stone, saving you time and money on upkeep and repairs.
Thanks to the range of finishes, sizes, cuts and the inherent strength of the stone look tiles, they are truly versatile. Stone look tiles are available in anti-slip, semi-polished and matte finishes, allowing you to truly customise the tiles to suit your needs and style.
The Myaree Ceramics Difference
At Myaree Ceramics, we take pride in helping our customers make the best, most informed decision on their flooring and tiling needs, providing customers with the information they need and a range of products that we wholeheartedly recommend.