Natural stone has been the material of choice for flooring in finer homes going back centuries. From European castles, to the seaside mansions of the rich and famous, you are bound to find natural stone flooring adding to the opulence. Not just for the wealthy anymore, natural stone flooring today is well within the budget of anyone who wishes to add a sense of substance and value to any home or office.
Slate, Travertine, Marble, Granite, which to choose?
Slate is probably the type of stone tile you’ll encounter most often. It’s a metamorphic rock that splits into thin sheets easily. Once it cleaves into sheets like that, it’s easy to turn it into tile.
Travertine is another commonly-encountered stone. It’s often sold as marble or limestone, even though it’s neither. Travertine’s a sedimentary rock composed of calcite, and as such it’s a good bit softer than its limestone kin. It’s nearly impossible to keep a shine, but once it settles into its native, matte finish, few materials offer the warmth that travertine does.
In ancient times, kings and Caesars demanded marble floors, and in these more democratic times, you can too. It’s harder and more
resilient than travertine but it does need some extra attention. Marble benefits from professional sealing, and it’s better left with a honed finish. Marble can absorb liquids to it is best to consult with the experts at Jerry Smith Flooring and Design Center to make sure it is compatible with your intended use.
Probably the hardest natural stone out there is granite. Nothing else will hold a shine or repel water the way granite will. However granite’s resilience is double-edged sword. Its shine and hardness make it an unforgiving surface despite its beauty.
This information about natural stone flooring is brought to you by Jerry Smith Flooring & Design Center, Indian River’s largest selection of natural stone, tile, carpet, and area rugs for interior design.
The floor-covering experts at Jerry Smith Flooring provide sales, installation, and repair of all types of residential and commercial flooring. We are currently licensed in Indian River, Brevard, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties. We proudly serve Stuart, Pt. St Lucie, Ft. Pierce, Vero Beach, Indian River Shores, Orchid Island, Palm Bay, Melbourne, and all other surrounding communities.