Natural stone floors bring a sort of organic beauty to your home that no other flooring material can duplicate. Whether slate, granite, marble, quartz, limestone or travertine, natural stone flooring is always stylish, whatever direction your tastes run — modern, traditional or rustic, etc. According to Better Homes and Gardens, their cool, hard surface is a natural choice for warm climates, and certain types of stone flooring are extremely practical for areas like kitchens, foyers or bathrooms. Their biggest asset though is their variation. No two pieces of stone are exactly alike, and the differences give them a depth that’s hard to match with anything else. Some considerations:
- Travertine usually needs resealing once a year since it’s a fairly porous stone and can stain if left unsealed.
- A gleaming marble floor is an extremely popular flooring choice in desert areas, both stylistically and practically since it stays cool to the touch even in a hot, dry climate.
- A gray limestone floor works beautifully in modern environments. Limestone, unlike most stone flooring, does not have a lot of variation if cut from the same slab. It usually comes in grays, browns or beige colors and has a distinctive fleck pattern. Limestone can be sanded smooth for a refined look or tumbled for a more rustic, worn look. Since it is porous, it should be sealed every couple of years.
- How about a modern bathroom with oversized quartz tiled floor in a neutral tone? Installing stone tiles like this is a labor-intensive job, and is best left to a professional.
As you can see, natural stone flooring brings the beauty of nature indoors and works beautifully in nearly any room in the house. Stop by either of Flooring Innovations’ showrooms in Cathedral City or Palm Desert and have one of our design specialists help you with your stone flooring!