No two stone floors are alike. That’s the beauty of Mother Nature. Installing natural stone flooring adds a unique presence and personality to your home unlike any other on earth. There are many choices of color, style and finish. In this blog, we want to focus simply on types of stone flooring.
Slate is a sedimentary rock that is composed of clay, quartz and shale. It is very dense and highly versatile. It can, therefore, be used for floors, walls, and roofs. The layers make the stone water and stain resistent. Slate ideal for kitchens and bathrooms, as well as patios and around pools.
Slate comes in a variety of colors: red, orange, gold, mauve, green, blue, black, rust and brown. Slate floors add a rustic charm to any room.
Marble is a metamorphic rock characterized by it’s distinctive veined surface. The color variations are endless because the brilliant vein pattern of color contrasts with its base color.
This rock is very porous making it susceptible to staining and not the best choice for kitchen floors. Marble has an elegance that makes it a great choice for foyers, dining rooms, libraries. Perfect for any room that longs for a touch of classic sophistication.
Sandstone is composed of loose grains of quartz sand that are rough in texture. Compressed sand and water form this coarse-grained rock. A hard, yet very porous stone, it must be thoroughly sealed when used as flooring.
Natural sandstone is an extremely hard and tough material. The natural beauty makes sandstone great for interior floors, as well as exterior decoration including flooring, paving, cladding walls and floors.
Granite is the hardest of all flooring stones. Formed from liquid magma, it is made up of a variety of mineral. It has a very dense grain, making it virtually impervious.
Granite is found in a endless variety of rich colors. If polished, granite will resist scratching and etching, making it an ideal choice for your kitchen. This stone is also beautiful in foyers, bathrooms, or libraries. For an artistic appearance, pair it with other natural stones.
Travertine is form of limestone deposited by mineral springs. It has a honeycombed structure and a lot of surface pitting. It typically comes in two basic varieties: natural or filled. The pits can be filled with resin or grout to give each tile a solid surface. Left unfilled gives this stone a more highly textured surface. The filled-in areas won’t polish out, which create interesting contrasts.
The colors are generally warm, from almost ivory to Persian red and dark brown. A striking flooring in any room.
Limestone is actually a young marble, formed from the consolidation of seashells and sediment. Each stone has a certain amount of surface pitting, fossilized shells, fissures and mineral striations.
It’s a perfect choice for bathrooms, dining rooms and hallways and ranges in earth-tone color from ivory to golden brown to black. The stone’s natural beauty and performance is excellent for the home.
If you are entertaining the idea of adding the beauty of natural stone to the interior or exterior of your home, office or church, feel free to call us at 713.880.2882 to schedule a free consultation.