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Is Stone Right For Me?

If your flooring choice isn't set in stone, you may want to take a look at our Flooring Tips and Fast Facts. This "at-a-glance" chart offers a quick comparison of stone and several other types of flooring such as tile, hardwood, laminate, vinyl, carpet, and more.

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Is Stone Flooring Right for Me?

Stone flooring can be installed almost anywhere in your home. Stone is strong and extremely durable, qualities that make them ideal for outdoor installation. Many floor buyers prefer stone flooring for their kitchens and bathrooms because it is naturally water resistant and easy to clean when sealed properly. Besides these practical factors, stone is hard to beat for its beauty; just imagine what a stone floor could do for a formal dining room. The possibilities for incorporating stone into your décor are endless.

While stone flooring can work anywhere in your home, you'll want to consider how the areas will be used before making your final flooring decisions. Fragile items may be damaged if dropped on stone floors, and some varieties of stone floors can be very slippery when wet. You may prefer to have a softer surface installed in areas frequented by children. can help you sort through these and other factors you'll need to consider when purchasing stone floors. Our comprehensive Stone Flooring Buying Guide is a resource you won't want to be without. We've included information on selecting the right stone for your home, tips on choosing an installer and keeping your floor clean, and much more. If you're interested in installing that new floor yourself, visit our do–it–yourself (DIY) Stone Flooring Installation Guide. Our flooring professionals are ready to help you make your new floor a reality.

Will you hire a professional to install your stone floor, or do you want to do–it–yourself? Pro or DIY? gives you tips about both options. developed this flooring comparison chart to give you food for thought when making your flooring choice. We hope you'll find it helpful.

Flooring Comparison | Flooring Tips and Fast Facts
Flooring Concern Bamboo Carpet Concrete Cork Hardwood Laminate Linoleum Rubber Stone Tile Vinyl
Durability D*     D     D       D
Works for bathrooms D*     D*             D
Works for basements       D* D*   D*        
Safe for small children                      
Withstands heavy foot traffic   D             D D  
Moisture resistant     S           S S  
Eco–friendly varieties available               D   D  
DIY friendly D     D D   D D D D D

D = depends on the type of flooring you choose
S = if sealed properly
* = the best case scenario, with proper care and maintenance