Stone looks great on the floor. For one, real stone is massively heavier than ceramic, which accounts for higher shipping costs. For another, some installers, accustomed to the simplicity of ceramic installation, hesitate to deal with natural stone. Once laid, real stone requires maintenance.
That is the reason many homeowners who want the look of stone but not the cost and hassle, turn to ceramic / porcelain tile that has the stone appearance. Ceramic tile installs easily and costs far less than stone.
Popular stone-looks: marble, travertine, and slate.
Porcelain Tile Looks Like Carrara Marble
Of all the types of stone, the marble-look is the most successful of all. These are big, 20″ squares of polished porcelain. As they are porcelain and have a water absorption rate of less than 0.50%, they are perfect for high moisture environments such as bathrooms.
Siena Marble Flooring
This is a polished porcelain tile in squares that are 24″ x 24″. With its light yellow and pronounced variegation, it replicates the look of Siena marble. It is appropriate for all installations – floor, counter, wall, backsplash, and even for pool surrounds. This is a cheerful, bright tile that is perfect for a summer house or for a room that gets a lot of sunlight.
Porcelain Tile That Looks Like an Undetermined Stone
Del Conca calls this Modus Gray, a porcelain tile that looks like stone, though the exact type is not specified. HTS 10 is the 16″ x 16″ squares you see on the floor, and Mosaico HTS 10 the 12″ x 12″ sheets of mosaic tile you see on the curved, inner part of the shower.
Not Quarry Tile, This Is Through – Body Porcelain Tile
This is Del Conca’s Les Baux Aux Provence line of full, through-body porcelain tiles that have the look of red quarry tile (quarry tile is not natural stone). It is appropriate for either interior or exterior installations. One nice bonus is that this line has a number of smaller accompanying decorative pieces, measuring 2 3/8″ x 2 3/8″, which can be used to finish off corners or to create bands.
Red and Pink Marble – Look Porcelain Tile
Not marble. This is porcelain tile measuring 18″ square, interspersed with beautiful highlights of pink and red. It is a very bold look, and Del Conca simply calls this line “The Stone.” This color is not for everyone. If it is too much, you can find a toned-down version in their HTA 5. It is like Bedrosian’s Carrara Marble, but with more pronounced swirls of gray.
It is Not Ledgestone. It is Porcelain Tile.
A 10″ x 20″ full-body porcelain tile with the uneven, ridged appearance of stacked ledgestone. This particular tile is called Tulsa. The only thing to note is that this ledgestone is not randomized enough and thus it has a regular, patterned appearance. However, this can be an attractive look when you are dealing with smaller applications such as fireplace mantels.