Natural stone tile in SouthportAre you thinking about installing natural stone tile in your home? There are numerous advantages to having tile on backsplashes, floors, shower walls, entryways, or elsewhere. Still, you have to make a choice: What type of natural stone tile will you choose? Fortunately, our experts at Floor Coverings International Shallotte can help you explore many options for your Southport home.

Below, we’ll go over the biggest pros and cons of 4 major types of natural stone tile to help you make your final decision:


Marble is currently very popular for homes, especially in bathrooms and kitchens.


  • Rather expensive (or can be)
  • Has a lot of character in the marbling and color patterns available
  • Very resilient and will not crack or completely break easily


  • May be prone to scratching
  • May be prone to staining
  • Not good for use outdoors
  • Tends to absorb water


Slate tile has a beautiful rustic, natural look and textured surface.


  • Comes in natural dark shades
  • Easy to clean
  • Highly resilient
  • Not too expensive


  • Should be installed by an expert
  • Extra installation costs can make it more expensive
  • Only comes in a few major colors


Granite is extremely hard, and it’s great for areas of your home that get a lot of traffic.


  • Excellent for high traffic areas
  • Can be matte or glossy
  • Available in numerous colors
  • Useable inside or outside
  • Not too expensive


  • Should be sealed and carefully maintained
  • Extremely hard under foot


Finally, travertine is made of calcite. It has a matte finish and soft feel.


  • Offers a warm, earthy look
  • Great for bathrooms and kitchens
  • Has a classic and timeless appeal


  • May stain easily
  • May scratch easily

If you still have questions about natural stone tile or you would like to compare products side by side, visit our Shallotte showroom. Floor Coverings International Shallotte offers a wide variety of flooring styles for your home.

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