Stone floors are very popular flooring options in both residential and commercial environments; however, there are a lot of important benefits to having stone floors that many people are not aware of. The most common types of stone flooring are granite, slate, travertine, limestone and marble. Not only are these stones incredibly beautiful and can match any space they are in, but they have some added benefits!
Most of the ancient structures that were built by humans that are still standing were built with stone, which means it is very strong. One of the best things about stone floors is that they are more durable than many other flooring materials like wood. Because of the fact that stone is very strong and resilient, it is very difficult to damage from scratches, scuffs or falling objects. Most stones are a very robust material that offers long-lasting results that can not be obtained from many other flooring material types.
Another important benefit of having stone floors is that they require very little maintenance to keep them in good shape. Stones like limestone and travertine are great choices because they are comfortable underfoot, but they are also very resilient. Slate floor tiles are also a great choice because they all give a bit of an “earthen” appearance, which means that any scratches or dirt will look like it belongs on the stone, cutting back on cleaning. Though most stones are porous and will need to be sealed, most of them still require less maintenance than other flooring types.
Compared to other flooring materials such as wood, stone production is more friendly to the environment and requires no use of trees and it is naturally occurring and readily available. Stone also does not contain any volatile organic compounds that are found in carpets, engineered wood or floor materials made of plastic. Not only does this save and preserve the environment, but it also prevents allergens from becoming present in your home or business.
In addition to the fact that natural stone is a very versatile material, it also offers a wide variety of flooring design options. Options like slate floor tiles can be cut into many shapes before it is laid, and it provides longevity that's ideal for many different environments.
Because there are many different types of stone options that you can choose from, you will likely be able to find one that fits within your budget. Of course, some options, like marble, are more expensive, but natural stone features are a great investment for your home. They almost always add value to your home, which is great if you will want to sell in the future.
Natural stone flooring is a beautiful addition to any home. Whether you choose granite, marble, or slate floor tiles it can help your home flow seamlessly from one room to the other and can also give a more unique feel than other options like wood or vinyl. If you are looking to incorporate stone into your flooring, give GMS Werks a call today and we can get started on your new project!