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Most Popular Natural Stone Tiles
Last week we dove into the pros and cons of natural stone tile flooring. If you think it is the right choice for your home, you’re one step closer to your final decision. There are quite a few different types of natural stone flooring, each with its own unique sets of characteristics. This week we are going over the most common types of stone flooring in detail:
granite – Most Popular Natural Stone Tiles With hundreds of available varieties, this in-demand stone can be flamed for slip-resistant texture in busy kitchens and bathrooms. It is one of the most popular types of stone, and it’s easy to see why. It comes in a variety of colors and textures. It is most commonly used for kitchen countertops since it’s more durable than any other type of natural stone, but also a great choice for flooring in any room. Installation can be a challenge with granite. If the subflooring of a room is weak or not completely level, even irregularities such as bumps or dips, it could cause the granite tile slabs to crack. Then, as a result, granite flooring installation may take extra time and labor, which has the potential to increase the cost of the project.
Marble can be similar to granite in both look and popularity. This porous stone is a sophisticated choice for formal spaces but is easily scratched. Slabs or tiles come in many colors, based on where they were quarried. Rethinking about will perform well in the room you have in mind. Since it is more porous than granite, this means it’s more susceptible to staining. It’s best suited for formal spaces such as dining and family rooms but the kitchen is starting to catch on. This stone definitely requires sealing by a professional.
travertine 300×300 – Most Popular Natural Stone TilesTravertine is a very popular stone flooring option and can be used both inside and outside the home. It provides a long-lasting, elegant look. But it’s different from other stones, in that it feels soft under your feet and doesn’t have that cooling effect you get with granite or marble. It’s crystallized, partially metamorphosed limestone is often mistaken for marble. This type of stone doesn’t have the same shiny, glossy appearance that some people like. It does however have a matte finish that is unique and offers a more natural, rustic, farmhouse look that can be very pretty. It’s a great alternative if you like the look of marble, but don’t have to deal with a very sensitive surface. So having kids or pets makes this a great option for you!
It is known for its natural, earthy appearance. It is formed from sedimentary materials, like coral and shells. Unlike other stones, when limestone is cut from the same slab, it has very little color variation from tile to tile, so it’s easy to get a truly uniform look. The stone can be sanded smooth for a soothing, refined look or even machine-tumbled for a more worn, rustic look. It is a harder stone, which means it is even more resilient than some other stones, like marble or travertine. If you like wood flooring, then lucky for you, certain patterns of limestone can look like wood. limestone – Most Popular Natural Stone Tiles
The most common issue with limestone is that it absorbs water. So be careful if you decide to use it in high water areas, especially outside. Even though it absorbs the water, it can be very slippery when wet. So spills should be cleaned up immediately. Limestone can be sealed before installation and then resealed every few years to protect it and help protect it against stain damage.
Slate is forged from natural materials like quartz and calcite in extreme heat. It is an extremely durable and solid surface that withstands everyday wear and tear If you do drop anything heavy on it by accident and chip the floor, you won’t see quite a contrasting color difference like you would with porcelain or ceramic tile.
slate 300×300 – Most Popular Natural Stone TilesNatural slate has the ability to bring unique beauty to flooring. It combines the functional durability of hard tile with the essence of natural stone. Like other natural stone options, the slate will add real value to your home. While the popularity of granite has made it common, the slate will be true.
The Natural Stone Tile Difference
There is only one building material that has stood the test of time, from humanity’s primitive beginnings to the technological marvels of today’s society—stone.
These wonders of nature are slowly created over time, using natural elements to create immaculate, unique designs. Each tile and slab is one-of-a-kind, depending on how deep in the earth it was excavated from and how long it took to form. At Signorino, we search the planet for the finest selection of stone formations—whether it be Travertine, Marble tiles, Quartzite, Limestone, and Granite—and bring them to Australian shores. And don’t worry about the maintenance, we’ll give you a solution that will eliminate the stress. Natural stone is also environmentally friendly, because it’s, well, natural. You can mix it with other natural and sustainably sourced materials too.
Quartzite is a very popular choice. With its translucent ravines of quartz and color-rich patina, Quartzite typically comes in bright green and orange hues. Chances are, you’ve seen a green feature countertop or splashback in magazines lately. That stone you’re looking at is Quartzite. Bold colors and hard finishes are en-vogue. This stone is the perfect option for bathrooms and kitchen counters, where you want to make a statement. It also boasts extreme resistance to heat, stains, and even fire.
Signorino: Quartzite Cristallo Rosa
Did you know, Limestone is crafted at the bottom of the ocean?
The characteristics of the stone that the earth produces change over time, but the Limestone being produced today is delivering classic, neutral tones in blacks and greystones which are highly popular in the Melbourne market.
Make it last
If you love the look of stone benchtops but are worried about maintenance, then sealing your stone with TuffSkin is the solution. Tuffskin is a polyester film that will protect your stone from etching, staining, and heat. It even passes the red wine test. And how does it look? TuffSkin comes in two finishes to make it virtually undetectable when applied to either polished or honed slabs. You’ll hardly notice a difference in finish or color. Natural stone can be used artfully and masterfully in a building. This is why Signorino has a collection of natural stone slabs on display at the Signorino Stone Gallery right here in Melbourne. The Signorino Stone Gallery is purpose-built and designed to showcase the very best of all of the natural stone products available, including Travertine, Marble, Quartzite, Limestone, and GraniteThese displays include white stones as well as grey, dark, beige, and colored varieties to highlight the different aesthetics you can play with to make your home a work of art.
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