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Natural Stone Tile vs. Natural Stone Facade: What's the Difference?

Many people aren't aware of what differentiates natural stone tile and natural stone facade. However, before you choose between the two, it's important to know these differences and how each material will affect your overall design scheme. Here are some tips that will help you decide when to use natural stone tile and when to use natural stone facade to create a stylish look that will last for years to come.

Natural Stone Tiles

Tile made of natural stone is a popular choice among homeowners. It is flat and smooth and cut like a traditional porcelain tile. It has a warm, rustic, classic look that adds beauty to a kitchen, bathroom, pool area, or outdoor space, and is available in a wide variety of styles. Because they are heavy, installing stone tiles can be an arduous process. You may need to consult with a professional to be sure you are installing the tiles onto the right foundation. Very lightweight wood and weak plaster, for example, may not support the weight of the stone.

On the plus side, because stone tiles are heavy and dense, they are durable and long-lasting. With proper sealant and routine care, stone tiles will withstand years of use. They are suitable for flooring, countertops, and backsplashes. Granite, limestone, marble and slate are great examples of natural stone that is available as tiles. Each stone has different characteristics and qualities, making some stone tile more suitable for certain areas of the home than others. Read up on some important factors to consider before you decide on a natural stone tile for your design.

Natural Stone Facade

A natural stone facade usually consists of a piece of natural stone that has been shaved down to a thin layer. It usually has a rough cut or natural cleft surface showing as opposed to the smooth cuts of stone tile. The end result is a whole stone look, with a thinner, profile that is ideal for installation over an existing surface. It will retain its color and last a long time with proper installation and care. Because of its reduced thickness, it's relatively easy to cut facade stone, making handling, transportation, and installation a snap.

Because a natural stone facade is purposefully crafted, its design opportunities are endless. It offers extreme flexibility when it comes to color, patterns and size, and is often a good choice for interior walls that may not support heavier natural stone. Daltile's Stacked Stone line is a great example of facade stone. Available in a range of neutral colors, it's the perfect choice for covering an existing fireplace, adding texture to interior walls, or other similar applications.

Whether you opt for stone tiles or stone facade, you'll be adding a classic element to your home that is eye-catching and beautiful. Do your research, choose the material for your space, and complete your room with a material will add to your decor for many years to come.

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