Natural stone tiles are unquestionably beautiful. They give a home a warm, classy and beautiful feel that goes with just about any style or decor all thanks to Mother Nature. Like any other material though, it has its high points and faults. So in order to help you decide if natural stone flooring is the right choice for your home, especially in the kitchen, here are the pros and cons.
Appealing Aesthetic: Because natural stone is a product of nature, the details are different when it comes to each piece, making each one unique. Because of this, you can give your home a truly one of a kind look. The wide array of sizes, shapes and colors available make kitchen design possibilities endless as well.
Durable: This material is literally, hard as a rock, the name pretty much gives it away. Yes a rock, which makes it a durable, long-lasting flooring choice in such a high traffic area like your kitchen.
Easy to Clean: Although it does need to be properly sealed, natural stone flooring is easy to clean and keep looking new. A simple sweeping, dust-mopping or vacuuming prior to wet-mopping with a light cleaner or warm water works wonders. And since it doesn’t attract dust or allergens, it makes it even easier to clean.
Non-Slip: Natural stone is sturdy and provides good traction. It is not slippery like other flooring materials, which makes it a safer option for kids and pets, especially in the kitchen.
Expensive to fix: While natural stone is just that, stone – they sometimes get chipped and even cracked. Some natural stone varieties, especially slate, are relatively easy to fix when chipped. But repairs for other types of stone can be expensive and more labor-intensive.
Upkeep: Natural stone is porous and needs a protective layer to prevent it from staining and water damage. This type of kitchen flooring needs to be regularly treated with a sealing agent. Some polished stone can scratch easier than others and natural imperfections can create the risk of running out of matching pieces before your floor is finished.
Cost: Because it is a natural material, natural stone kitchen floor tiles are some of the most expensive flooring options. But, their luxurious look makes the expense worth it, if you can swing it with your budget.
Now that you know a little more about natural stone flooring and can decide if it’s right for your home, come back next week to learn about all the different types of natural stone flooring!