Go Crazy with Stone All Over Your Home
Monday June 02, 2008
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Just as with other types of flooring, there are many options for your home if you choose to use stone floors. Not only is there a wide variety of stone flooring types – granite, limestone, slate, marble, travertine – it also comes with many different types of finishes.
Whether you go with a polished, tumbled, brushed, flamed or some other type of stone finish for your flooring, there are things to remember to help you choose the best type of stone floor for your needs.
Here is some information that will help you choose the right stone flooring for the different areas of your home:
- Limestone is a universal stone: Although there are many different types of limestone available, they are all a good fit for any area of your home, whether it is a high-traffic area like a living room or a bathroom or kitchen that will see moisture and spills. Limestone flooring primarily comes in earth tones and more muted colors than most other stones.
- Slate flooring is perfect for bathrooms and kitchens: This isn’t the 1960s, and slate isn’t only used for chalkboards. Slate flooring tends to be rougher in texture than other types of stone, so it is a great choice for areas of your home that will see moisture and water like bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and outdoor areas like patios and around pools. Slate floors are not as slippery as other stone flooring when they get wet.
- Marble floors can dress up a living room, dining room or den: Marble was made famous by Greek and Roman builders centuries ago. These days it can add an elegant upgrade to your home’s fireplace. Marble flooring can stain easily because it is porous, so it’s better for lower traffic areas of your home.
- Granite flooring is great in high-traffic areas: Granite is a very hard and dense stone because it is comprised of quartz, mica and feldspar. This makes granite floors an ideal choice for high-traffic areas of your home like entryways and kitchens.
- Travertine can be used everywhere…with caution: Travertine has many small holes running through it, giving it a multi-textured look. The holes in travertine are filled and then the stone is polished. This gives it a unique look because of the difference in appearance from the dull areas of the holes and the bright sheen of the polished stone. Travertine flooring can be used in all areas of your home, but it does require more maintenance than other types of stone floors. Travertine is a very porous stone, so sealing and cleaning it are very important.
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Great info !Your flooring ideas are really interesting. Thanks...
I just had Slate floors installed professionally in my bathroom. I love the look of this type of flooring and best of all it helps with the floor being slippery. very good article. informative
This article was helpful. I'm going to look into granite for my entryway.