Natural stone is a naturally occurring material that has been quarried from the earth. The beauty of natural stone is that no two tiles are ever the same. All natural stone is porous and requires sealing every 3-5 years to protect against water and oil contamination.
Porcelain is a man-made product that combines kaolin clay, finely ground sand and feldspar. The clay mixture is fired to an extremely high temperature (upwards of 1200 c) resulting in a very dense tile that benefits from a low water absorption rate and stain resistance. Depending on the range, porcelain can be uniform in colour or display tonalities to mimic a natural stone.
Whilst the maintenance required of natural stone and porcelain differ slightly, both present a beautiful yet durable option for everyday living.