Stone look tiles combine the best properties

Basically, solid natural stones are laid as tiles. Especially with some rocks such as basalt or sandstone, the porous surface makes the tiles sensitive to stains or water. In the case of tiles made of porcelain stoneware with a stone look, this risk is eliminated despite the deceptively real appearance.

Made of stone powder and precast concrete or porcelain stoneware

Stone-look tiles are also known as facing bricks. The facing stones are artificial stones and are made from stone powder and lightweight concrete and, thanks to modern production techniques, can imitate almost all common types of stone in a deceptively real manner.

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The tiles consist of very finely ground porcelain stoneware on the basis of clay, which achieves a high density through high pressure. Even unglazed it is very hard and both dirt and water repellent. Surface treatments such as brushing, grinding, polishing, flaming, drumming, patina or sandblasting create additional optical effects that come close to the original stones.

Specialized trade

The decors and modeled stone optics reproduce almost every stone that occurs naturally. Special providers often tailor their offer to individual rocks. The online retailer stein-mosaik.de and wieland natural stone.com have decided on marble and other more rustic types of natural stone and have mosaic tiles in monochrome and multicolored assortments from around thirty euros per square meter.

Under kerana.de there are mainly very smooth and hard floors with shiny ceramic surfaces to choose from. Here prices start at around forty euros per square meter and go up to eighty euros.

In the area of tiles with a rustic stone look that are to be used as wall cladding or facing, the cheapest offers are, for example, at fliesen24.de to find. The cheapest tiles cost from around twenty euros and have uneven surfaces, as is normal with walls made of natural stone.

Click systems also available

Mosaic tiles and tiles with a stone look are also offered as click tiles, which are as easy to lay as a puzzle. Under floor direct.de, for example, click tiles in mosaic patterns in the dimensions thirty by thirty centimeters and the colors anthracite, gray and pink are offered for 4.99 euros each. Another provider can be found under protective mats.com.

Tips & Tricks There are also plastic tiles with a stone look. The mostly printed vinyl or PVC products can, for example, give the impression of a stone wall as wall cladding from a greater distance.