Using stone as a flooring material means that your floor will improve with age, add value to your house, and will probably last along as your house does. Stone has a much harder surface than Ceramic but can cost more and is sometimes harder to cut.
Stone floor also need to be sealed after fitting, and this sealant need renewing regularly or your tiles will very quickly become stained. You can lay stone tiles in all different kinds of designs, for example in grid, diamond or in brick formation. They’re perfectly suited for fixing over under floor heating.
The main types of stone used for flooring are Limestone, Travertine, Marble, Granite and Slate.
For bathroom Marble can be slippery when wet, so soft limestone or slate tiles are more useful, hallways can look fantastic with a floor of marble or travertine. Slate tiles are ideal for the kitchen and are available in many different colours. Marble can either have a polished or a homed finish. Limestone is really popular for all floor types. Travertine is a type of limestone that has holes in its surface which need to be filled with a special compound either before lying or afterwards. Porcelain tiles are hard warring meaning that you get less scratches, chips and breakage. Plus they’re easy to keep clean like all hard tiles porcelain feel hard and cold underfoot which is one excellent reason for installing under floor heating beneath them. This material is extremely hygienic as its resistant to chemicals, cleaning agents, alkalis, acids and bacteria it is naturally extremely waterproof making it particularly suitable for bathrooms and kitchens. Porcelain tiles can also be used on walls as well as floors.