2 types of limestone floor tile
Photo: Andrew McCaul

Splurge vs. Steal: You Decide

Natural limestone underfoot has a luxurious look and feel that has long made it popular among architects and designers. But as stone goes, this porous, ocean-formed material is relatively soft—hence the rise of porcelain tiles that mimic its color variations and subtle texture while resisting chips, cracks, and spills. Here's how one low-priced natural limestone that's sure to develop a patina with wear stacks up against a well-made impermeable porcelain rival.
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