Why I Don’t Recommend Stone on Wood Subfloors. Stone vs. Ceramic vs. Porcelain Floors

What’s the difference between stone, ceramic and porcelain tile? Although they can look and feel similar, there are a few things for you to consider when selecting a floor tile.
Farmhouses have traditionally been build on raised floors above a crawlspace foundation. At the Smith House Bellville Farmhouse, we continued that tradition and built the house on helical piles and a raised wood floor foundation. We love both the aesthetic and functionality of this design, but there are some idiosyncrasies to consider when selecting a tile to install on a wood subfloor.
Even though we built a very rigid subfloor, wood will always be slightly less rigid than a concrete slab foundation. As, a result, we decided to stay away from natural stone tile, as the required subfloor reinforcement per the NTCA would have required the use of transition strips between our wood floor and tile. Instead we opted for a porcelain tile which allowed us to have a thinner finished floor that matches the height of the wood floor, eliminating transition strips.