HOW TO SELECT THE BEST STONE TILE FLOORING FOR YOUR HOME
Natural stone tile adds an earthy elegance to the home, and a luxurious feeling underfoot. Although natural stone has withstood the test of time, it is not impervious to becoming damaged. There are certain considerations to be made when selecting stone tile flooring. Durability and the pattern of traffic are prime factors to take into consideration, as well as the appearance and size of the stone. .
The most unique quality of stone tile is that no two pieces are ever the same, which adds to its overall beauty and appeal. Individual tiles have their own remarkable characteristics: color, veining, markings, hardness, and porosity. Although the appearance will vary among tiles, these variances increase the elegance, desirability, and mystique of natural stone tiles.
CHARACTERISTICS OF STONE TILE
SLATE: Known for its resiliency, suggested uses are for kitchens, living areas, hallways, and entry ways. The tiles are generally dark in color. Slate is relatively difficult to install and installation should be factored into the overall cost of the flooring.
TRAVERTINE: Although wildly popular, the surface of the Travertine flooring tiles are rather pitted and uneven. There are a variety of patterns and colors as well. They feel soft underfoot, as well as scratch and stain very quickly.
MARBLE: With Marble’s markings, veining, and beautiful colors, it has mass appeal. In spite of its resiliency, it is prone to scratching and staining. Because it absorbs water, it is recommended to exercise caution for outdoor use.
GRANITE: Because its shine and hardness makes it a relentless surface, it retains that shine, repels water, resists stains, and resists scratches.
LIMESTONE: Like Marble, it absorbs water. Caution should be taken in outdoor use.
SANDSTONE: A highly resilient stone tile, however it does not afford consumers a wide range of colors.