Stone tile flooring is an excellent way to bring natural elegance and modern appeal into your Columbia area home. There are many features and advantages to using natural stone materials, including:
- Classic beauty
- Distinctive one-of-a-kind designs
- Natural feel
- Durability with minimal maintenance
- Environmental benefits
The following is an overview of the top natural stone flooring materials that are in use today. Learn more about these popular options from the experts at Floor Coverings International Columbia.
Travertine tile is more rustic and irregular on its surface than sandstone or limestone. This is due to water shaping the stone as it forms over many years. It has a long, rich history of flooring use and can add great interest to an interior space. It is best to fill, finish and seal travertine tile for best results, as it is a very soft and porous stone. However, its elegant ivory and tan colors make this flooring the central element of any room.
Marble tile adds immediate elegance to a room and is one of the most recognizable natural stone choices. It often features a grey veined look that can range from very subtle to highly dramatic. Advances in mining and the technology used to create marble flooring have helped to lower the price and make marble flooring a more attainable option than ever before.
Granite is the strongest of all natural stone types. While it is extremely durable, it is also available in elegant looks, designs, and finishes. Its look is rich in minerals and this visual texture can add interest and dimension to a room. In addition to flooring, you will commonly find granite countertops and backsplashes.
Slate stone is formed over many thousands of years by deposits of compressed sedimentary layers. The result is a beautifully textured and colored tile. Slate works equally well indoors and out and is ideal for dining rooms, foyers, mudrooms, and sunrooms.
Sandstone has a smooth feel and uniform look due to minimal visual texturing in the stone. It brings modern and minimalistic style in a variety of earth tone colors to fit just about any décor or interior design theme. While the color of the stone is typically uniform, you can also find color variations to add interest to a room. This stone has been used for centuries for flooring and brings a classic, inviting appeal to any space. Finishing and sealing the surface makes it more durable and damage-resistant.
Limestone offers soft, muted tones that make it highly appealing for both interior and exterior flooring use. Its most common hues are shades of tan, beige and ivory in both warm and cool tones. Limestone can be sealed to make it less porous and more durable. It can also be polished or left with a natural, matte finish.
If you are ready to get started with natural stone flooring, contact the experts at Floor Coverings International Columbia East. We’ll come to you with our mobile showroom so you can browse samples in the comfort of your own home.