HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST STONE FLOOR
If you are thinking about changing the flooring in your house whether it is your kitchen, bathroom, hallway or creating a living apace outside, then no decision will be complete without considering natural stone tiles as an option. Even though, faux stones and wood decks are less expensive and do make your floors attractive, nothing can provide the look and feel of the exterior natural stone tile.
WHY CHOOSE A NATURAL STONE FLOOR?
Natural stone is beautiful and durable with individual characteristics that simply can’t be matched by mass-produced ceramic or porcelain tiles, which are all the same and offer no interest to the viewer. But even though stone tiles are durable, they do need good, thorough maintenance and will need to be sealed with an appropriate sealant after installation. You will be able to get advice from a reputable supplier about the particular products best suited to different types of stone.
TYPES OF STONE FLOORS
There are different options available to choose from when it comes to flooring. They include:
Granite: This natural stone tile is costlier, but it is popular due to its hardness and beauty. They can withstand any type of weather and they are also available in different colors shapes and sizes.
Slate: This type of stone tile is popular because it is waterproof and durable. It is generally available only in typical gray to black color depending on the type of minerals in the slate. This type of natural stone tile is resistant to acid and can be used on the soil as against other materials that should be laid only on sand.
Flagstone: They are resistant to any type of climate even in the temperate regions. If well maintained, this stone floor is very durable.
Bluestone: This type of stone tiles is usually sold in larger pieces either in rectangular or even irregular shapes. It is bluish-gray in color and is very attractive.
STONE FLOORS AND HOME DESIGN
More important than the stone type is the look of the tiles and your own personal preference about what sort of design statement you want to make. Marble is perfect for a classic, luxurious look or slate for the ideal rustic flooring in a country cottage. Highly polished limestone creates a contemporary feel and some travertine floor tiles manage to combine elegance with a rustic edge. They are all impressive. Consider how the color of the floor will complement your furniture, fittings, accessories and artwork. Pale golden limestone floor tiles are a perfect background for a neutral design scheme or a bolder one using bright colors. On the other hand dark slate tiles or black marble will define the design scheme and can mean that other items in a room have to be chosen carefully to avoid the scheme becoming over-dark. It is also important to consider:
- Safety – highly polished surfaces can be slippery when wet so may not be the best choice in bathrooms or wetrooms.
- Samples – make sure to view samples in your own home under your own lighting conditions (not the bright lights of a showroom)
- Cost – shop around for bulk buys, discontinued lines and special purchases of natural stone. You won’t regret choosing them rather than ceramic tiles or porcelain tiles.