There are many types of natural stone. Some of the more relevant choices include marble, travertine, slate and limestone. Real natural stone can host a long list of headaches associated with its installation, durability and maintenance. However, its natural beauty can be captured and applied to both ceramic and porcelain tiles. Porcelain tiles with stone patterns have become more popular in recent years since the advent of digital technology and the difference in appearance is almost indistinguishable. Tile manufacturers are also offering a wider variety of sizes, colors and finishes than the authentic stones being quarried. These tiles are more installer friendly, durable, water and stain resistant and longer lasting with less maintenance and care required.