Ceramic and natural stone tiles are both reliable flooring options that are sure to add value to your Southport home. However, deciding between them can be a difficult decision based on what style of flooring you are aiming to achieve. Continue reading to learn what differentiates our ceramic and natural stone products at Floor Coverings International Shallotte.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile has an unlimited color selection and multiple possible textures. It can now even be made to give the appearance of sought-after materials such as wood, glass, and metal. The two main types of ceramic tile are glazed and unglazed, both of which offer their own respective benefits and style.

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Glazed Ceramic

The glaze treatment provides a glossy finish while protecting your floors with a waterproof and stain-resistant surface. This treatment also protects the tile’s decorative surface from being damage and fading. Glazed ceramics often come in fun colors and patterns due to the added protection.

Unglazed Ceramic

Unglazed ceramic tiles provide a rustic appearance since the natural texture of the ceramic is exposed. This type of unfinished tile can absorb moisture and be susceptible to staining. In order to overcome this natural quality, a chemical sealer is used to protect the tile’s porous surface.

Natural Stone Tile

Depending on the type of stone, natural stone tiles come in a variety of colors and densities. Though they are water-resistant, a seal should be placed on your tiles during the installation process to stop excess moisture from seeping into the product and grout lines. Here are three of the most popular and durable natural stone options:


Granite is a speckled stone that is available in a wide range of natural shades. Its appearance can also vary depending on whether the tile is polished or not. Being the most durable stone of these three, it is useful for high traffic areas of your home.


Slate is popular among homeowners due to its deep charcoal color and one-of-a-kind color variation. Created through the earth’s natural process of pressurizing layers of stone, this stone is highly durable. However, because of the layered structure of the stone, it can chip along the edges if not treated carefully.

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Limestone is a typically light-colored stone that comes in shades of beige, taupe, and soft green. It comes in third for durability compared to granite and slate, but is still tough enough to handle high traffic areas. Homeowners often choose limestone because it ages well and retains the look of traditional stone floors.

Your Next Step

Whether you are interested in slate tile flooring for your bathroom or ceramic tiles for your kitchen backsplash, Floor Coverings International Shallotte can help you find the product you are looking for. Contact us today to book a free, in-home design consultation so you can see our product samples firsthand. We are proud to serve Shallotte, Ocean Isle Beach, Southport & St. James and the surrounding areas.

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