There’s a reason the most ancient structures built by humans still standing today are made of stone. Stone is incredibly strong and allows for creativity in your home. It’s one of the few floor materials that can easily be used indoors and outdoors. If you want your floors to last, stone flooring is a solid choice. Unlike wood floors that eventually require refurbishing after some time, stone floors require very little maintenance. Stone floors are beautiful, sturdy, and can work in just about any room in the house. No other flooring material is more elegant and luxurious than natural stone. A stone floor can elevate an area without the hassle of having to remodel the entire space. Common natural stone flooring includes slate, marble, limestone, granite, travertine and sandstone. Each have slightly different properties. It’s important to understand the characteristics of each type of stone floor tile before purchasing to see if it’s appropriate and best matches what you’re looking for. Contact A1 Carpet to speak to a professional today!
- Flagstone – Flagstone is a sedimentary rock which is split or cut into layers. Flagstone tiles are most often used outdoors for patios, walkways, steps, and similar applications.
- Granite – Granite is very dense, scratch resistant, and occurs naturally in hundreds of varieties of color and shading.
- Limestone – Limestone is formed of sedimentary material quite often including coral and shells, and occurs naturally in a variety of subtle colors
- Marble – Marble presents an elegant, classic veined appearance.
- Sandstone – Sandstone is composed largely of quartz sand grains and often has a rough, textured surface.
- Slate – Slate used in flooring is actually composed of slate, quartz, and shale, and comes in a wide variety of natural colors. It‘s extremely water resistant.
- Travertine – Travertine is somewhat soft and porous and while it has a density of marble, it has a textured rather than smooth surface.
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Stone is naturally cool in warm weather. Stone’s natural ability to stay cool to the touch, even when outdoor temperatures climb is something you’ll appreciate. Can you imagine walking barefoot across a bare stone floor during a California summer? You can!
Pros of Natural Stone:
- Durability: it can handle heavy foot traffic
- Won’t attract dust or allergens (easy to clean)
- Creates an elegant, natural look that you can’t get with other materials
- Because each stone is unique, you can give your home a truly one-of-a-kind look
- Adding precious stone material to your home can increase your home’s value, making it easier for you to sell in the future
Cons of Natural Stone:
- Varying porosity – Some need to be treated with a sealing agent to prevent liquid damage.
- Certain polished stone can scratch easily
- Certain stones are more brittle and chip easily
- Natural imperfections can create the risk of running out of matching pieces before your floor is finished
At A1 Carpet, our professional installation team is ready to tackle any project you have in mind. Give us a call today to speak to one of our awesome team members!