9 Jan 2015

The right stone tile for your floor

The right stone tile for your floor The reasons stone tiles are preferred by many are easy to understand. Stone tiles have that lovely natural look and feel that a lot of us want to bring inside. Whether you opt for them for indoors or for outdoors, there are certain things you should know about each of them. Not all stone tiles are suitable to all environments, so you have to pay attention to their specific features to make sure you make the right choice for your requirements. Marble, slate, limestone, travertine, sandstone and granite are the most popular options when it comes to natural stone and here we have some tips and things to know when making your selection. Travertine (more details here) is said to be fragile, but if you need proof about its durability and behaviour in “harsh” environments, judge it by the famous Roman Fontana di Trevi, this is made of travertine and it’s in a fabulous shape since it’s construction a few centuries ago. Among travertine’s advantages we can include the large palette of colours and patterns it is available in, the softness of the surface. The downside is that it can scratch and stain easily. The best rooms to use it are the living room, hallways, but also bathrooms and kitchens. If you are extra cautious, maybe you’d rather tile your bathroom with other materials, like ceramic, porcelain, or other, more appropriate natural stone: marble. travertine.jpg Speaking of marble, there are few materials that confer such an interior the elegance and glamour that marble offers. It’s stronger than travertine, but equally prone to staining and scratching. Due to the fact that it absorbs water, it’s not a good option for outdoors, but perfect for bathrooms, kitchens, living areas, hallways. marble.jpg Slate is the most commonly used of all and depending on its density, it can be very high quality. Slate comes in darker shades that the other natural stones are not available in, it’s highly resilient and it needs a specialist to install it. Unless you are a pro, you may want to call someone who has worked with slate before and you know that they have done a good job. It’s not suitable for bathrooms or wet areas, but beautiful in living rooms, hallways and entryways. slate.jpg Sandstone is one of the most resilient of the natural stones, but the disadvantage is that it comes in very few shades, so unless your heart is set on sandstone, maybe you should search for something else. Just like the others, it looks great anywhere, except maybe for the bedroom. sandstone.jpg Granite is the best choice if you’re looking for a hard natural stone, it comes in a variety of beautiful colours, it can be used both indoors and outdoors, but its shine can be very full on, so choose wisely when shopping for natural stone. granite.jpg