For many years ceramic tile has dominated the home tiling industry. It’s time to embrace natural trends and celebrate beautiful stone tiles. Stone will bring an earthy and rustic look into your Middletown home and create a statement no matter how you use it. Not all stone is created equal so it’s important to do your research and know what to expect. Floor Coverings International Orange County NY is here to help with three of the most popular stones.
Marble has an irresistible beauty that cannot be understated. The stone is found in many different bright, natural colors with a translucent glow. It is known for prominent veining and splashes that make it an elegant flooring choice. Many homes use marble for countertops or as a decorative element, but it can also be used for full-room flooring. It is important to note that it is a soft stone that is prone to scratches or damage. Make sure to buy a high-quality finishing sealant to protect your investment. Marble is cold to the touch but can be installed with radiant floor heating if warmth is a concern.
Granite is often compared to marble, and while they both have the luxurious look, they are very different when it comes down to the details. Granite is a much more dense natural stone. This means it is more durable and resistant to scratches and damage but also loses the translucent glow of marble. With a matte finish, granite will look rustic and textured. The natural colors of granite range from creamy beiges to cloudy grays with red, purple, and even blue hues. Granite also accepts stains evenly and can be dyed to fit the color theme or aesthetic of your home. Because of its density, granite is also very brittle. It can easily crack during installation so make sure to hire a professional team to do the job for you. Your local experts at Floor Coverings International Orange County NY have all the right tools and know-how to carefully and safely install natural stone.
You may think you’ve never seen travertine but this little-recognized stone is actually quite famous. With a large percentage of travertine quarries in Italy, the ancient Romans used this local, natural stone to build temples, baths, aqueducts, amphitheaters, and more. In fact, the Coliseum and the Trevi Fountain in Rome are both made of travertine. It has a naturally warm, rustic appearance and generally ranges from sandy tans and browns to rusty reds. Travertine is an incredibly durable stone that can be used for high-traffic areas of your home and even indoor-outdoor areas like patios or mudrooms. It can handle temperature fluctuations and is naturally porous. If you decide to fill it, travertine is essentially waterproof.
If you want to learn more about your natural stone tile options or about the individual maintenance requirements, contact Floor Coverings International Orange County NY for a free in-home design consultation. We proudly serve Orange County, Middletown, Goshen, and Warwick and beyond!