Another way to save money on your remodel or addition and still achieve the design you want is to use ceramic tiles that look like stone rather than paying the premium prices for real stone. Not only are ceramic tiles less expensive, they are generally lighter and easier to cut to fit corners, edges, etc. This could result in a savings on both materials and installation. Another advantage of tile over stone is that tile is not porous and does not require sealing. It thus requires less maintenance and naturally resists staining. Stone, on the other hand, is naturally porous and can absorb moisture under the right conditions. Ceramic tile is now available in such a wide variety of colors, designs and patterns, that you should have no difficulty finding a tile that will achieve the look of marble or granite or other stone. Also, should a tile somehow be damaged at some point, replacement will be far easier and less costly.

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