Durastone is a limestone composite tile that is designed to have the look and feel of real stone tiles. Its manufacturer, Congoleum, has designed these tiles to have a durable, stain-resistant surface that is easy to maintain. Only a few different sizes are available, but there are several different looks to choose from. It is important to weigh the pros and cons of these tiles before making your tile purchase.
Durastone is thick, dense and durable limestone composite material. Its composition makes for a stain-, fade-, scratch-, crack- and dent-resistant surface. These tiles are designed to last for several years.
This tile is a low-maintenance material. For regular maintenance, you can simply dust mop the surface. When needed, a damp mop will remove dirt and debris build-up. You should clean up spills immediately from the tile surface. Durastone tiles can be installed with or without grouting. If you choose the tile with grout, you will never have to worry about special cleaning or resealing of grout joints because the grout is also vinyl. Cleaning the tiles will also clean the grout lines. If a tile requires replacing, you don't have to worry about regrouting for that, either. Just simply remove the tile and glue down a new one.
As of May 2011, the average price of each Durastone tile is around £1.90 for 12-by-12-inch tiles, around £2 for 16-by-16-inch tiles and close to £3 per 24-by-24-inch tile. This is comparable to other stone tile choices but is more expensive than regular ceramic or porcelain tiles.
The common sizes of Durastone tiles are 12 by 12 inch, 16 by 16 inch and 24 by 24 inch. If your tile project requires smaller tiles, such as 6 by 6 inch or smaller, you may not find what you are looking for from Durastone. It is possible to cut the Durastone tiles to fit your needs, but you will need a tile cutter or band saw for this.
You must have a completely flat flooring surface to install this type of tile. If you don't fix the subfloor imperfections or if there are cracks or unlevel areas, the tile will not sit properly. The tile may shift or wobble on unsteady flooring. This will lead to a lower lifespan and durability of the tile if pressure is placed on uneven tiles. This type of tile is not meant for installation on particleboard, OSB or cement backerboards. So if you have this kind of subfloor, these tiles will not work.