There’s little that can beat a natural stone floor, which would be ideal for any room in the house, yet there are quite a few types of natural stone that are commonly used for flooring, and it can be a challenge choosing one. As the stone you install on your floor will be there for some considerable amount of time, you should take your time in choosing the type and the finish, and with that in mind, here is a brief rundown of the natural stone that is used for flooring.
- Granite – An igneous rock that is one of the hardest, Granite is ideal for floors, and with white, pink, pearl and grey shades common, you can select a shade that goes well with the rest of the room. The finishes are also varied, with veins running through the stone that could be orange, pink, or even a light brown, and when polished granite is a superb stone for flooring. Visiting a specialist stone supplier would allow you to see a range of natural stones already installed as flooring and that will help you to make the right design choice.
- Marble – The king of natural stones, the unmistakeable shine of finely polished marble is found in palaces around the world, and if you would like to view a stunning selection of natural Marble, check out stoneandtilestudio.com.au where you will find a great selection of Marble that comes in a range of sizes. Marble is a metaphoric rock that comprises of recrystallised carbonate minerals, making it very hard and durable. Colours include greenish blue, with grey a common shade, and Marble would be cut into sizes of 600×200, 600×400, and 800×400.
- Travertine – This is the classic Limestone rock that you find in the ruins of Rome, with the Colosseum being just one example of Travertine construction. This stone is very popular for terraces and pool surrounds, as the stone does not retain the heat as much as other stone, and with colours that range from pearly-white to greys and light browns, there are plenty of options.
- Bluestone – One of the most common stones of all, Bluestone is very commonly found in all parts of Australia, with colours ranging from gunmetal blue to faded emerald green. Ideal for both interior and exterior use, you can find fine examples of Bluestone tiles at a well-known stone supplier, who can be found with an online search. Click here for a few great tips on choosing bathroom tiles, which is well-worth the read.
Installing natural stone tiles is an art, and unless you are very confident of doing a first-class job, you should call in a stonemason or builder who has extensive experience with stone tiling. The stonemason would also be able to advise you about suitability when choosing the stone, as he would have a wealth of experience working with natural stone.
One thing is for sure, when you install natural stone tiles as flooring, it will be the last time you ever have to replace the floor.