Glass Tile VS Ceramic Tile

At Renovo Stone, we understand when choosing to remodel your bathroom, you might have a hundred ideas rushing through your head. This is totally normal! While selecting your tile may not be the most glamorous of decisions, it can help you really tie the look of your bathroom or kitchen together. There are so many tile products on the market, that it can be hard to figure out exactly which option makes the most sense for you. That’s why we have a list of the pros and cons of two of the most popular types of tiles: glass and ceramic.



Glass tile is beautiful to look at. It can offer your kitchen or bathroom a unique look since glass comes in all sorts of shapes, designs, and colors. This means that your design options are pretty open, so whatever the vision may be, you can make it a reality. Keep in mind glass naturally reflects light; if you are looking for a brighter and larger-looking space, then the glass tile is the way to go. One of the best features about glass tile is that it is super low maintenance. When it’s time to clean, you just need some window cleaner and cloth. This is why the shower area is perfect for glass tile because soap build up is so common and can easily be wiped away. Finally, glass tile is translucent. Whatever color you choose will show all through the tile, adding a unique layer of depth and dimension to your space.


The problems with glass tile are limited, but they do exist. If you are a do-it-yourself type of person, this may frustrate you. We strongly recommend hiring our professional tile installer to handle the project for you. Glass tiles can be, on average, quite a bit pricier than their ceramic counterparts. With that in mind, glass might make for a better accent than it would for an entire wall if you are on a budget. While glass tiles are super easy to clean, the reflective nature makes it quite easy to spot any imperfections. Fingerprints, dirt, grime, and anything else that makes its way into your bathroom will be more visible with glass. If you don’t regularly wipe down your tiles, glass might not be the best option for you. Finally, the slippery surface of glass isn’t the best for floor use. If you do want glass floor tiles, consider a smaller sized tile with a matte finish to add some traction. You will also want to consider some non-slip sealant to ensure everything stays in place.



When it comes down to it, ceramic is a great option first and foremost because of the price. It’s much more affordable than glass, meaning it can cover large areas of your bathroom without breaking your budget. Also, ceramic is a good option for those who love to do things themselves. While it’s always smarter to hire a professional to ensure the best possible outcome, ceramic tile is much easier to install than glass. Just be prepared for the amount of work this entails. Ceramic is long lasting too, meaning that it will be just fine through normal wear and tear through the years. Plus, with the right cleaning supplies, you can make your ceramic tile last even longer—and it’s easy to care for. If you are worried about your options, don’t be. There are hundreds of tile colors and textures to choose from, meaning that your space will be highly customizable. Ceramic tile also offers quite a few trim options, meaning that you can add visual interest to your design.


Ceramic tile does tend to be a little bit chillier under your feet than a glass option would be during the colder months of the year. Adding a rug to the tiled bathroom floor will work just fine. If a rug isn’t your style, you can also consider installing a heated floor mat to eliminate that issue. While we say that ceramic works for do-it-yourself folks, not everyone will feel confident doing that on their own. If you want to be absolutely sure that you’ll love the final result, call Renovo Stone and one of our professionals can handle it. Finally, ceramic tile is handmade. This means that you should expect some irregularities and imperfections when it comes to the final appearance.


Whichever option you choose for your bathroom, we know that you will be happy with the outcome. Renovo Stone offers some of the finest tile options available, meaning that you can customize your bathroom in any way you see fit. We would be happy to guide you as you select the right patterns, colors, and materials to change up your space. And, if you have further questions about our tile options and which we think would be best for your bathroom, just ask! Our professionals are knowledgeable when it comes to tile, and friendly when it comes to customer service. Please contact Keith at Renovo Stone.

Cement Tiles

Cement tiles or hydraulic tiles are handmade colorful tiles used as floor coverings. They appeared in Catalonia in the 1850s, and have been widely used in Europe and America. They are mostly known throughout the world as encaustic cement tile.

Renovo Stone, we love beautiful encaustic cement tile. Encaustic cement tile is a great way to show off your style in any residential or commercial application on both walls and floors.

We have a beautiful selection of cement tiles and have supplied many projects successfully with a proven track record of delivering quality material. We offer beautiful patterns and solid colors as well as special order material. Since all patterns are handcrafted and created to your color specifications.

At Renovo Stone, we would be glad to answer any questions you may have or assist you any of your stone and tile projects. Browse our website, and look at our projects or blog for inspiration from recent commercial and residential.

Floor tile debate: Stone vs. Porcelain


For 20 years, the construction industry has seen a move to building products that are not what they appear to be, including porcelain tile that is a dead-ringer for natural stone. However, while they may look the same, a review of the similarities and differences between the two can help you guarantee the perfect installation for the job.

Stone tile
Natural stone has proven itself for centuries to be an attractive, amazingly durable flooring material. It’s quarried and sliced into thin tiles from great slabs of granite, slate, marble, limestone and travertine.
Today, natural stone tiles are available in a wide array of colors, patterns, sizes, textures and finishes. And they can be installed in virtually any room on floors, walls and ceilings. Most natural-stone tile lines also include accent pieces carved from stone, such as bull-nose edging, chair rail, medallions and rope moldings.
Stone, by its nature, has inherent defects – tiny fissures, holes, chips and weak spots. Its surface is porous and susceptible to staining. Most types of stone are relatively soft, especially marble, so cracking is common. And stone tile is fairly expensive.
In response to these potential shortcomings, manufacturers developed porcelain tiles that resemble natural stone.

Porcelain tile
Porcelain tiles are made from ultra-fine porcelain clays fired at extremely high temperatures. The resulting tiles are much harder, denser and less porous than natural stone. They are also commonly available in larger sizes than natural stone.
Porcelain tiles are produced to exacting standards in controlled manufacturing plants, ensuring quality, consistency and uniform sizing, while virtually eliminating defects. And unlike many types of stone, porcelain tiles can be installed indoors or out.
Porcelain tiles come in every imaginable color, pattern and texture, including many that are nearly identical to the natural stone they imitate.
By far the most popular faux-stone porcelain tiles are ones that mimic marble, which makes sense because marble is the most popular natural stone. However, unlike marble, which can be slippery when wet, porcelain tile look-alikes are made with various finishes and textures, including some with slip-resistance.
Installing floor tile  

Differences between natural stone and porcelain tiles also impact how they’re installed.
Both are installed using standard tile tools and materials. Both can be installed over any recommended substrate, including concrete slabs, cement backerboard, plywood and crack-isolation membranes.

And both are adhered with thin-set mortar. However, when installing porcelain tile, you can use a standard gray Thinset, while natural stone may require a specially formulated Thinset.
For example, white and light-colored marble tiles must be set in white mortar. Standard gray mortar will telegraph through and darken the surface of white marble. Green marble tiles should never be set with mortar that contains high amounts of lime because it can cause the marble to cup and warp.
Instructions on the bag of mortar will help you determine the appropriate mortar for the tile you are installing and you’ll also find recommendations for which type and size notched trowel to use, mixing directions, and square-footage coverage rates per bag.

The differences
The key installation contrast between stone and porcelain is that you can cut porcelain tile with a manual score-and-snap tile cutter, but a wet tile saw is required to cut natural stone. That’s not to suggest that you won’t need a wet saw when installing porcelain tile – you’ll need one to cut notches, slots and large holes – however, the majority of cuts in porcelain tile can be made with a manual cutter.
Using a wet saw for every cut when setting natural stone means it typically takes longer to install stone tile than it does to set porcelain tile, an important distinction when estimating the cost of a tile job.
Because a porcelain tile has four factory edges, when you cut a tile, you trim off the factory edge, and the cut edge is placed against a wall or other surface where it is concealed by baseboard or other trim. You can’t use a cut glazed-porcelain tile in the middle of field pattern because the cut edge would be exposed.
Natural stone tiles are solid and don’t have a glazing topcoat. That means you can cut a stone tile and then redress the cut edge with a diamond-grit rubbing stone, creating a new factory edge. That tile can be installed anywhere in the pattern, including in the middle of the field. As a result, you’ll use more of the tile purchased and have less waste.
Porcelain tiles don’t require sealing because the glazed surface is impervious to staining. Grout joints between both porcelain and stone tiles should always be sealed to help prevent staining. The exception is epoxy grout, which doesn’t require sealing.
Porcelain tiles don’t require sealing because the glazed surface is impervious to staining. Grout joints between both porcelain and stone tiles should always be sealed to help prevent staining. The exception is epoxy grout, which doesn’t require sealing.
A hard or sharp object dropped on a glazed tile, can chip the glazing, exposing the porcelain core. If a stone tile is damaged, the chip is less noticeable because the tile is solid.
Since natural stone is porous and susceptible to staining, you should protect it with a penetrating sealer. Ideally, you can seal stone tiles prior to installation, which will make it much easier to clean.

Mortar and Grout.
Porcelain tiles don’t require sealing because the glazed surface is impervious to staining. Grout joints between both porcelain and stone tiles should always be sealed to help prevent staining. The exception is epoxy grout, which doesn’t require sealing.
In general, natural stone still costs 10 to 20 percent more than a comparable porcelain tile. But with the widespread popularity and increased production of stone-look porcelain tile, you can find affordable porcelain tiles that cost a lot less than many stone products, as well as plenty of high-end porcelain tiles that are costlier than budget-priced stone tiles.
Which should you choose? From an installation standpoint, porcelain tile is typically quicker and easier to install. It’s also harder and more durable, and requires less maintenance. And on average, porcelain tiles cost less to buy and install. That’s why contractors install stone-look porcelain than any other tile.

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