The thicknesses change depending on the size of the stone.
- Standard thickness for 12×12 tiles is 3/8″, 1″ for 18×18 and 3″ for 24×24 tiles.
- The reason why the stone gets thicker as it gets larger is because the natural stones are brittle and the only way to ensure undamaged transportation & installation of larger stones is to supply thicker stones that can withstand the unpredictable conditions along the way.
- Standard thickness for 16″-24″ square tiles varies from 0.5″ – 0.75″
Example: The thickness of a kitchen countertop is generally either 0.75″ or 1.25″. In the eastern U.S. the thicker is preferred, while western consumers prefer the thinner.
Natural stone vs Man-made tiles (made of Ceramic/Porcelain)
Both materials are of excellent quality and durability.
- Ceramic/porcelain tile is a man-made product and natural stone is extracted from the earth.
- Natural stone differs in color and no two pieces ever look the same. They are unique.
- Many ceramic/porcelain tiles are made to imitate some type of stone. They are more controlled in range and deviation, however many people have trouble distinguishing between natural stone and ceramic/porcelain tile due to the improved technology used in modern day.
- Natural stone requires long-term maintenance vs. ceramic/porcelain, which requires no extended upkeep and is virtually maintenance-free.
Comparisons of Porcelain/Ceramic tiles with Natural Stone
|PORCELAIN TILE||CERAMIC TILE|
|Less Porous||More Porous|
|Less Absorption||Greater Absorption|
|Smaller Water Stain||Larger Water Stain|
|More Resistance||Less Resistance|
|Easy to cut||Difficult to cut|
|Light framework||Heavy framework|
|Less expensive freight||More expensive freight|
|Less expensive labor||More expensive labor|
|Less expensive laying system||More expensive laying system|
|Stains less||Stains more|
|Scratches less||Scratches more|
|Ecologically Correct||Ecologically destructive|