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House decoration of any kind is a task which needs careful attention paying to it, in order to save cash, find the best courses of action, and also to make sure that the end result is as attractive and practical as possible.
When it comes to tiles, you have infinite choice; the actual range of choices can be quite overwhelming, so it’s a good idea to try and whittle your ideas down to a shortlist, and work from there. Being overwhelmed by choice means you’re more likely to make a poor decision, which could then end up being time consuming and costly.
Two great shortlist materials for your wall or floor tiles are quartz and granite.
These are two natural stones which are both extremely hard-wearing and great value for money. Of course, you might not be able to call it between them, but that’s probably because you don’t understand the differences too well. Let’s check them out one by one.
Quartz is a non-porous stone, which is really sets it apart from the other natural stones on the market. This means that it doesn’t need any maintenance, such as sealing, because it doesn’t absorb liquids and it doesn’t harbour bacteria as a result. On top of this, quartz is strong, long-lasting, and highly scratch and heat resistant too.
You will find a huge range of different colours, finishes, and patterns in both wall and floor tiles made of quartz, and the choice can actually be overwhelmingly large!
Alternatively, we have granite, which is the strongest of the natural stones. Because of this, granite is a good choice for floor tiles, because it is unlikely to break and is also highly scratch resistant, just like quartz. Unlike quartz however, granite is porous, which means it does absorb liquid and therefore will need sealing occasionally, ideally annually at the very least.
Granite is also available in countless different colours, patterns, and finishes, although they all have a tendency to be quite earthy, which is ideal for traditional or modern-style homes with a contemporary feel. If you want something brighter or more ‘out there’, then perhaps quartz is a better choice.
As you can see, there isn’t a lot of difference between quartz and granite, and perhaps the only big difference is the porosity issue. Granite will absorb any water on your floor tiles, which means it is less slippery than quartz, but the downside is that it is more likely to break as a result, unless you seal it regularly. If you seal it? No problems whatsoever, granite is very strong and hard-wearing.
Whichever material you choose for your wall or floor tiles, natural stone overall is a perfect combination for your kitchen or bathroom. The opulence of choosing a natural stone means that the appearance will be beautiful, but always make sure you check out the colour you want to go for in person, so visit a showroom to view it. This is because natural and artificial lights can make colours look slightly different in appearance, and you want to be sure that you’re happy with all facets of your decision. On top of this, remember to shop around for the best deal too – any cash saved is a bonus!