For centuries, natural stone has been used in art and architecture to create iconic monuments that still stand today. The Coliseum of Rome is made of travertine, and Michelangelo’s statute of David was carved from marble. With the longevity and beauty natural stone has to offer, it’s no wonder that it has become a staple in the modern world of flooring.
Here at Floor Coverings International Cleveland South, we offer a large variety of natural stone tile. Below are three of our favorite types of stone tile flooring and what they have to offer your Stow home.
Travertine tile is a type of limestone that forms at the mouth of hot springs or in streams. This tile comes in colors ranging from ivory to chocolate brown, and its natural patterns vary from veined to speckled. Travertine can be tumbled, polished, or honed to suit different design styles.
This tile reacts negatively to acidic substances like vinegar, orange juice, or lemon juice, so it might not be the best choice for your kitchen. However, this tile is beautiful in foyers and bathrooms. Be sure to have your travertine professionally sealed and installed to prevent water from seeping through its porous surface and into your subfloor. Travertine tile is a great way to boost a home’s resale value, as it is long lasting and aesthetically pleasing to many homebuyers.
Marble forms under extreme heat and pressure deep within the earth. This tile comes in a variety of solid and patterned looks with colors ranging from white to black. It is known for its unique veining and its translucent properties, which sometimes give it a glowing appearance in sunlit rooms. Unlike many natural stone floors, marble can take a very high polish. Use polished marble to complete an elegant or sophisticated interior design.
As with travertine tile, acidic substances can stain marble after prolonged contact. Marble is also a relatively soft stone and is susceptible to scratching. However, with the proper care, a marble tile floor can last a lifetime. Use marble tile flooring to make a bold statement in a foyer or bathroom. If you’re concerned about scratches, incorporate marble into your backsplash or countertop.
This form of natural stone can be quarried from cliffs, underground, and from within pits. It is commonly recognized as a dark colored floor, but slate tile is available in a number of different colors. Unlike travertine and marble tile, slate is very strong and resistant to scratching. This long lasting tile can add resale value and beauty to any Stow home.
Slate has the advantage of being stain resistant. High-end slate will remain stain resistant for life, and is non-reactive to acidic substances. For this reason, you can feel safe installing this tile in your kitchen. Slate tile is subsequently easy to care for, as it only requires a simple sweeping and mopping with mild detergent to keep clean. This is a heavy stone that must be sealed properly before installation, so professional installation is recommended.
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With many beautiful stone tile choices at your fingertips, it could be hard to choose which tile you prefer. Luckily, our design associates are here to help you pick the right look for your Stow home. Call Floor Coverings International Cleveland South today to schedule a free in-home design consultation. We proudly serve the greater Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson and Akron areas.
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