Available at local tile wholesalers, porcelain tile for home remodeling is a cost effective alternative to stone that is durable and requires no maintenance.
With Inkjet technology, natural stone colors and patterns can are easily matched. Computerized software, generates different tile patterns to simulate the natural stone variations, making it hard to tell the difference.
Another advantage of porcelain over travertine or other natural stones for home remodeling is that it is impervious. Stone is very porous which means it stains and cracks easily and can show surface scratches. Repairs to natural stone can be very costly because striping, filling, sanding and sealing is generally required. Porcelain tile is maintenance free.
If you have children or pets, I highly recommend considering porcelain tile as an alternative to natural stone. Not only will you find that the materials and installation is more economical than stone, you will save by not having long term maintenance costs.