Natural Stone Thicknesses

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
Less Thick Thicker
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