Natural stone is both beautiful and timeless, offering a high-quality look to many areas in the home. And, in addition to its natural beauty, stone offers great durability which is why it is often used where durability matters most: countertops, entrance ways, and outdoor areas.
Natural Stone Types
Today there are many types of natural stone flooring to choose from, each with their own advantages. Let's go through an overview of what to consider for each of the different natural stone flooring options!
Travertine stone floors have a warm and natural look. Travertine is available in a wide variety of colors, and based on its natural formations, you can also find travertine in a number of unique patterns.
However, if you're looking for shinier floors, travertine may not be the option for you; travertine stone always looks matte. Travertine also has a tendency to scratch and stain, so it's important to consider the potential foot traffic for where you'd be installing this stone flooring.
Travertine Price: $5-$40 per square foot.
For more details, check out our travertine guide.
As a stone flooring option, marble tiles tend to have lots of character, and they are available in a variety of beautiful patterns with which you can complement your home's aesthetic. Marble is a highly resilient natural stone. Its honed finish also makes marble easier to maintain than some other natural stone alternatives.
On the other hand, marble is one of the more sensitive natural stone flooring options - it absorbs water, and it can stain and scratch. As a result, marble requires professional sealing upon installation as well as significant attention to maintain.
Marble Price: $5-$50 per square foot.
For additional details, check out our marble tile guide.
If you're looking for a darker color palette in your natural stone flooring, slate might be the right choice for your home. Like marble, slate is also a highly resilient natural stone.
Keep in mind, however, that slate can be trickier to install. While you might be able to self-install slate in a small space, more complicated floor plans would require professional installation.
Slate Price: $5-$20 per square foot.
If you're still looking for a shiny floor option, you might want to check out granite. Granite also offers a colder look than some of the other warmer-looking natural stone options. Looks shiny. A colder look. Strong and resilient.
Granite is a tough, not very forgiving natural stone option. It also may not be the best choice for areas that may regularly get wet, as granite becomes slippery and does not hide water spots well.
Granite Price: $3-$15 per square foot.
Sandstone flooring is extremely resistant to weather and wear, making it a great natural stone option for interior and exterior. The coloring across a sandstone floor also tends to be more even than slate and with less variation in patterns.
The one downside to sandstone is that this flooring type tends to have a more limited color selection, largely composed of more neutral shades.
Sandstone Price: $10-$40 per square foot.
As you can see, there are many options to choose from when selecting a natural stone flooring for your home. Which one of these natural stone floors will you be choosing for your renovation?
At Avalon Flooring, we want to make sure you're happy from your first step in our showroom to your first step on your new flooring—and as your partner in home design, we'll be there every step along the way. Consider us your "One-Stop Shopping" destination for all things flooring…(and window treatments)!
Our design consultants are equipped with the knowledge to guide you through the wide selection of products we offer, and our expert installation team is professionally trained to make sure everything gets installed the way you envision. We know your home is an expression of your sense of style, and we're here to make sure you'll be proud of it for years to come.
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