Natural stone has been used as a residential flooring material for hundreds of years, but why? When choosing a flooring solution for both residential and commercial spaces, you start with two options: natural or engineered. And there’s nothing like adding natural elements to your home!
At Firenze International, we are your natural stone experts. With over 100 years of experience in the natural stone industry, we are here to assist you with your next stone project! Below, we discuss some natural stone flooring options and why you should consider natural stone for your home’s flooring!
Where does natural stone flooring work the best?
Natural stone flooring gives you the ability to use it wherever you want in a home. It is very versatile and can be used in every room throughout the house if desired. It is tough enough to withstand a kitchen's high traffic and resistant enough for bathrooms.
In addition, this type of flooring can be installed over radiant heating. Natural stone conducts and retains heat very well. The floors can be heated at a comfortable temperature to avoid walking on cold floors.
The pros and cons of natural stone flooring
Installing new flooring is expensive and takes a lot of work. The last thing that homeowners want to do is reinstall floors after a few years. A durable flooring option is a natural stone. This type of flooring can withstand high foot traffic, scratches and spills. Of course, it is important to note that durability depends on the type of natural stone. For example, granite and slate are more durable than limestone and marble.
Homeowners now more than ever want to use hypoallergenic flooring. This type of flooring can help keep a family healthy. Natural stone flooring is one of the most hypoallergenic options out there. Unlike other flooring options, natural stone tiles do not trap dirt, debris or allergens. Water and other spills do not penetrate the stone and this protects the floors against mold or mildew.
Aside from natural stone floorings beauty, it is relatively low maintenance. They are durable enough to withstand high foot traffic and water spillages. However, they do require some maintenance to keep them looking new. It is suggested that natural stone flooring is sealed once installed to prevent tile breakages. Once installed, it’s suggested to reseal your floors every three to five years!
Natural stone floors have an absorption rate that indicates how porous the material is. This type of flooring has small pockets of air throughout them. Some natural stones are more porous and can get stained more easily without proper care. Sealing these types of floors can help prevent water absorption and stains.
When choosing stone flooring options, it is important to take into consideration the type of natural stone. We can help teach you the benefits of each type of stone!
At Firenze International, we are here to help with your next natural stone project! We will go over many stone flooring options with you, and help ensure that you are getting exactly what you want and need. Visit our website or give us a call to learn more about our services!