The classic look and beauty of natural stone tile flooring is timeless. Stone floor tiles are the most expensive flooring options to choose from in the world of many options that include hardwood floors, porcelain and ceramic floors, vinyl, linoleum, cork, carpet, and other materials.
A natural stone floor can instantly enhance any space, no matter the size of the room, the interior design and style, or decor. Natural stone flooring can immediately turn any typical room into a luxurious, architectural experience. If you’re looking to install stone tile flooring in your home or office, you’ll need to know what types of stone options are available as flooring materials.
Anatolia Tile & Stone offers a number of natural stones that can be installed on floors. Each stone type has its own aesthetic and characteristic, and one of the best things about stone tile flooring is that the beautiful stone tiles will develop its own character over time.
Recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies (2008), Anatolia Tile & Stone is one of the largest importers of Turkish ceramic tile in North America. Although the Anatolia Tile & Stone was formally incorporated in 1993 in Canada, the company can trace its roots to 1933 in Turkey. Anatolia Tile & Stone is leading importer and distributor of ceramic and stone tile and is a major supplier to some of the largest distributors throughout the United States and Canada. Based in Toronto, Anatolia Tile & Stone is a privately-owned 100% Canadian corporation that is growing rapidly. Anatolia Tile & Stone prides its leadership in constantly re-thinking ways of how to elevate the ordinary to the outstanding, developing products tailored to the needs of retailers, partners, and consumers.
Often times, porcelain and ceramic floor tiles are good alternatives to stone flooring. But while porcelain and ceramic tile flooring has its own benefits and advantages, no material can ever truly replicate or replace the qualities and characteristics of natural stone from the earth. If you’re looking for a truly unique and elegant floor material, natural stone is an attractive option for flooring.
You may have come across granite floors and heard about the marvel of marble floors. And of course there are also travertine, limestone, slate, and other stone floor tiles. Natural stone will always vary in porosity and density, colors, qualities, and other properties. The pricing of stone will be based on how rare or common certain colors and patterns can be found in stone floor tiles.
Here are the main characteristics of the different stone materials:
Granite has a texture that may be considered slip-resistant which makes granite a suitable floor material in areas that may be exposed to water such as in bathrooms and kitchens. Granite is also extremely hard and considered as one of the best materials for countertops. The same prestige is associated with granite floors. However, unlike some of the considerations that may go into choosing a kitchen countertop material, perhaps having the hardest stone material for flooring is not a major factor for many when it comes to choosing a stone floor. Nonetheless, granite seems to always be a high-priced and highly admired material — whether for flooring, kitchen counter, or even walls. Granite has a reputation for being the hardest and least porous and therefore the most durable, water-, stain-, and scratch-resistant stone material. This also means that granite is typically the most expensive natural stone material that can be installed as floors, walls, and countertops. With granite, you have a wide variety of selections in colors and patterns to really highlight or bring out the best home decor.
Marble is often marketed as an alternative to granite since marble is generally less expensive than granite. However, you should know that marble is a porous stone and not as hard as granite. Marble can be found in different geographic locations all over the world. Marble is available in a variety of many beautiful veins and patterns based on where they were quarried. Marbles come in many colors including white, black, gray, gold, beige, yellow, brown, blue, green, red, pink, and burgundy.
Limestone is typically less dense than marble although limestone is categorized in the marble family. However, unlike marble which has heavy veining, limestone has less variations and are often neutral or earth toned such as cream or beige, grey, and off-white.
Crystallized limestone can be found in marble. In fact, it is the crystallized limestone that gives marble a luminous, classy, and sophisticated aesthetic. Marble is a beautiful material if you’re looking to create a formal and elegant space. Limestone is also a great choice if you want a neutral and natural look with an old world feel. Although limestone is a little softer than marble and granite, limestone is still durable and versatile. Generally, both marble and limestone have varying levels of hardness, and limestone that has dolomite are harder than other limestones. If you want an affordable natural stone floor tile, marble and limestone are great options.
Travertine is classified as a crystallized limestone that belongs to the marble family. Travertine is sometimes called travertine limestone or travertine marble. Often times, travertine is mistaken to be marble. However, travertine is a natural stone that has its own characteristics. Travertine is formed in natural hot springs and limestone caves. Similar to limestone, travertine comes in beautiful neutral colors including beige, ivory, walnut, and gold. Overall, travertine appears warmer in color than limestone. The versatility of travertine allows it to be polished with a smooth finish or brushed, tumbled, or chiseled to create a textured or uneven look.
Slate is unique in its characteristics because it is dense and nonporous unlike other natural stone. This is one of the reasons why slate can be used as roof shingles. However, slate is brittle despite its density and hardness. This means that although slate is highly resistant to water and stains, it is not as resistant to scratches, scuffs, and chips. If you’re going for a rustic look, slate is a good option as it comes in beautiful dark colors such as gray, black, green, purple, and red.
Whatever natural stone flooring material you choose, stone tiles can last for a long time with the proper care and maintenance. And there is no match for the true beauty and aesthetics of natural stone. One of the best appeals of natural stone floors is that the flooring will develop character over time.