How does the cost of porcelain tile compare to flooring, wall and countertop products like natural stones, laminate, hardwood and solid surface flooring?

More economical than natural stones like marble, granite, slate, hardwood, and solid surfacing, porcelain tile can capture the look of these products without the maintenance headaches.  Porcelain doesn’t require sealing, stripping or waxing; it doesn’t flake or stain; it requires no special cleaning agents (generally only hot water and a pH-neutral cleaner are necessary unless it is installed in a heavily-trafficked, commercial environment).  

While the initial cost for other flooring products such as laminate or vinyl may be lower, the lifecycle costs are significantly higher because the laminate or vinyl will not wear as well and will require more frequent replacement.