Granite vs. Tile: What’s Best for Your Home?

Choosing between granite and tile often means deciding what you prefer. Both are terrific flooring options. Both are tough and durable, easy to clean, and available in many different styles. Neither one inherently trumps the other. That being said, they’re absolutely not the same, so it’s up to each homeowner to make the right decision for the house or the project that’s being done. Below are a few things you must consider:

Ceramic tile offers a more regular, planned appearance

Tile is made to look a specific way, whereas granite is cut from the ground as is. This means that you can get regular patterns with tile, while granite will often be irregular and have imperfections. Additionally, you can buy as much tile as you need of the exact same style, but matching granite can be hard. Because it’s a raw material, there’s only so much to pick from and there are only so many options. If you want to control every last detail of the job, that’s easier to do with tile.

Granite is incredibly tough

Being stone, granite is one of the toughest materials you’re ever going to find. Ceramic tiles crack more easily and may need to be replaced. Of course, the upside of tile is that you can replace one tile with another one exactly like it. This is harder to do with granite because, as noted above, there are fewer options.

Granite is porous

A good ceramic tile is non-porous, so it’s not going to stain if you spill something on it. You can just wipe it up and move on. Granite can stain since it is porous and so liquid can get inside the stone itself. This means there can be extra work sealing granite every so often to make sure it doesn’t stain. Generally speaking, granite lasts longer than tile, but it takes more work to keep it looking its best.

Tile is less expensive

If you’re trying to stick to a budget, tile may quickly become more attractive when you see how much less it costs. This also makes it ideal for large projects – more than just redoing the floor in the kitchen, for example. Though you can find good deals on granite, it’s typically going to push the cost of the project up noticeably. Installation also tends to cost more.

As you can see, both granite and tile are excellent options, with their own pros and cons. Make sure you consider all of your options before moving forward on your project, and pick the one that best fits the job. Remember, granite is as durable as almost anything on the market, but tile gives you more options and greater control. If you’re interested in installing tile in your home, contact Strictly Tile today!

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