Natural Stone Floors – 4 Materials to Consider
When it comes to selecting a material for your natural stone flooring, there are a number of stones from which to choose. Additionally, there may be factors to consider when choosing your material. What are some of the choices that are available? What factors should you consider when selecting a stone to be used for flooring?
In the area of stone flooring, there are a number of natural stones that are considered good candidates for surfaces indoors like kitchens, baths, and entryways. Furthermore, outdoor recreational areas are also areas that make good environments for various stone flooring types. In this post, we will take a look at 4 types of natural stone that can be used for various floors; some of which are ideal for certain environments and others that can be used for multiple areas.
First up in our list of natural stone flooring material is slate. Natural Slate is the perfect choice for use in rustic designs where the designer is striving to reach an outdoor style. Because of its texture and color, slate conveys a primitive look and feel and goes very well with certain other design elements including:
- Reclaimed Wood
- Lumber or Logs
Although slate finds a great fit in designs that are primitive or rustic in nature, there are practical reasons for choosing this natural stone as a flooring material as well. One practical feature that makes slate a good choice for flooring is its non-slip texture. This is very desirable for areas that have a lot of traffic. Another beneficial characteristic is that is does not require heavy polishing. And the darker toned slate is resistant to stains. These practical qualities along with the design features mentioned above, make slate a great choice for various locations and uses.
Another stone that can be used in rustic or primitive applications is granite. And even though granite comes in many appearances, it can also be used for rustic designs as well. Along with industrial, rustic, and primitive design environments, it also can be used in clean, modern designs as well. This is because of the wide range of appearances this stone carries.
Granite is a durable, long-lasting stone that is great for flooring since it is available in a variety of looks and finishes. In fact, granite can last a lifetime with the proper care which includes cleaning and sealing.
Limestone is a natural stone that many contractors, engineers, and designers use for various reasons. Besides its appealing look, limestone offers the benefit of lower pricing when compared with something like granite or marble. Limestone also is adaptable to variety of designs including “old world” styles that are preferred by some designer for various reasons. In fact, travertine (which is a specific kind of limestone) is available in a variety colors and is used extensively in many projects.
Caring for limestone floors consists of sealing the surface to boost resistance to staining, and even etching that can occur from acidic liquids that can erode the calcite in the stone. Yet, the price of limestone when compared with other natural stone materials can make it a very attractive choice for a flooring project.
Research marble and you will soon find that it is one of the most elegant and classical looking natural stones available for flooring. This natural stone is available in a number of colors and shades. The “veining” seen in marble is perhaps an identifying mark of this high-end natural stone. Marble is so desirable that often times, quartz manufacturers seek to reproduce its look and feel so that these manufactured materials appear to be marble.
Like limestone, marble requires some specific care and maintenance. However, when cared for properly it will, like all the other materials listed in this post, easily last decades and even multiple lifetimes.
As we have seen in this brief overview of granite, slate, limestone, and marble there are really three areas that will guide you in your choice of flooring material. First, the design you want. some of the stone in this post lends itself to particular looks and feels. Second, care and maintenance. Although every material requires some degree of care, there are special requirements needed for specific materials. Finally, cost of the material. Each stone has its own price range. Even though the market will vary, doing a little research for your specific market might help you narrow down the choices.
In the end, which material you select for your stone flooring will come down to your preferred design, how much the material will cost you, and the degree of maintenance you are prepared to give the flooring you decide on.