Last week we dove into the pros and cons of natural stone tile flooring. If you think it is the right choice for your home, you’re one step closer to your final decision. There are quite a few different types of natural stone flooring, each with their own unique sets of characteristics. This week we are going over the most common types of stone flooring in detail: 

Granite

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With hundreds of available varieties, this in-demand stone can be flamed for slip-resistant texture in busy kitchens and bathrooms. It is one of the most popular types of stone, and it’s easy to see why. It comes in a variety of colors and textures. It is most commonly used for kitchen countertops since it’s more durable than any other type of natural stone, but also a great choice for flooring in any room. 

Installation can be a challenge with granite. If the subflooring of a room is weak or not completely level, even irregularities such as bumps or dips, it could cause the granite tile slabs to crack. Then as a result, granite flooring installation may take extra time and labor, which has the potential to increase the cost of the project. 

Marble

Marble can be similar to granite in both look and popularity. This porous stone is a sophisticated choice for formal spaces but is easily scratched. Slabs or tiles come in many colors, based on where they were quarried. Some varieties of marble can be harder and more stain-resistant than others, so make sure you ask if the marble you a

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re thinking about will perform well of the room you have in mind. Since it is more porous than granite, this means it’s more susceptible to staining. It’s best suited for formal spaces such as dining and family rooms but the kitchen is starting to catch on. This stone definitely requires sealing by a professional. 

Travertine

travertine 300x300 - Most Popular Natural Stone TilesTravertine is a very popular stone flooring option and can be used both inside and outside the home. It provides a long-lasting, elegant look. But it’s different from other stones, in that it feels soft under your feet and doesn’t have that cooling effect you get with granite or marble. It’s crystallized, partially metamorphosed limestone is often mistaken for marble. 

This type of stone doesn’t have the same shiny, glossy appearance that some people like. It does however have a matte finish that is unique and offers a more natural, rustic, farmhouse look that can be very pretty. It’s a great alternative if you like the look of marble, but don’t have to deal with a very sensitive surface. So having kids or pets makes this a great option for you! 

Limestone

It is known for its natural, earthy appearance. It is formed from sedimentary materials, like coral and shells. Unlike other stones, when limestone is cut from the same slab, it has very little color variation from tile to tile, so it’s easy to get a truly uniformed look. The stone can be sanded smooth for a soothing, refined look or even machine-tumbled for a more worn, rustic look. It is a harder stone, which means it is even more resilient than some other stones, like marble or travertine. If you like wood flooring, then lucky for you, certain patterns of limestone can look like wood! limestone - Most Popular Natural Stone Tiles

The most common issue with limestone is that it absorbs water. So be careful if you decide to use it in high water areas, especially outside. Even though it absorbs the water, it can be very slippery when wet. So spills should be cleaned up immediately. Limestone can be sealed before installation and then resealed every few years to protect it and help protect it against stain damage.  

Slate
Slate is forged from natural materials like quartz and calcite in extreme heat. It is an extremely durable and solid surface that withstands everyday wear and tear If you do drop anything heavy on it by accident and chip the floor, you won’t see quite a contrasting color difference like you would with porcelain or ceramic tile. 

slate 300x300 - Most Popular Natural Stone TilesNatural slate has the ability to bring unique beauty to flooring. It combines the functional durability of hard tile with essence of natural stone. Like other natural stone options, slate will add real value to your home. While the popularity of granite has made it common, slate will be truly unique.