Extremely durable and great for outdoor spaces, kitchens, and bathrooms, tile flooring in Lafayette LA is essential to the flooring market. Natural stone tile and ceramic tile are both great and have many pros and cons between them. Choosing between natural stone and ceramic will depend on your budget, where the flooring will be installed, and your maintenance level preference.
Natural stone tile flooring in Lafayette, LA consists of marble, travertine, limestone, granite, and slate to name a few. Granite is an igneous rock, meaning it is formed by the heating and cooling of molten substances, and by default is extremely hard and durable. Slate and granite are great for entryways, kitchens, and other high traffic areas. Travertine, limestone, and marble are sedimentary rocks, which means they are formed over the years from compression of the materials. Since they are considered a softer stone, travertine, limestone and marble tile flooring are more appropriate for bathrooms and less high traffic areas. Sealing natural stone tiles is essential to their long-term maintenance and will prevent grout from absorbing dirt and becoming discolored over time.
Ceramic tile flooring is a kiln-fired tile made from white or red clay. They can come glazed (which is great for easy clean up) or unglazed, which means they need to be sealed like natural stone tiles. Ceramic tiles are rated for hardness on the PEI (Porcelain Enamel Institute) scale from 1-5, with 1 being softer and 5 being harder and more appropriate for high traffic areas. Those rated at PEI 1 are not suitable for flooring and should be reserved for decorative purposes, and level 2 tiles are great for walls or low traffic floors. Since ceramic tile flooring is less weather resistant than natural stone tiles, ceramic tile should be used almost exclusively for indoor spaces.