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Pros and Cons of Custom Stone Flooring

natural stone flooring Pros and Cons of Custom Stone Flooring
Are you considering updating your home’s flooring to natural stone, but not sure where to start?
As a homeowner, it can be a challenge to decide on what type of flooring is right for you and your home—especially if you’re trying to agree on something with your significant other! To help make the decision less hectic, we created this article on the pros and cons of custom stone flooring just for you.

Read on to learn more about the different types of natural stone that are available, as well as the pros and cons of adding stone flooring to your home.

Pros of Natural Stone:


Let’s start by taking a look at some of the pros of choosing natural stone flooring:
  • Durability: it can handle heavy foot traffic
  • Won’t attract dust or allergens (easy to clean)
  • Creates an elegant, natural look that you can’t get with other materials
  • Because each stone is unique, you can give your home a truly one-of-a-kind look
  • Adding precious stone material to your home can increase your home’s value, making it easier for you to sell in the future

Cons of Natural Stone:


Though there are plenty of pros, there are also a few cons of natural stone:
  • Varying porosity—some types of stone need to be treated with a sealing agent regularly to prevent damage from liquids
  • Certain polished stone can scratch easily
  • Certain stones are more brittle and chip easily
  • Natural imperfections can create the risk of running out of matching pieces before your floor is finished
  • The cost can sometimes run higher than your budget allows
Now that you have a better idea of the pros and cons of stone flooring, let’s talk about some of the most popular types of stone, including their characteristics and possible drawbacks.

Types of Natural Stone Flooring


There are many different types of stone being quarried all over the world, each with their own unique sets of characteristics.

One (almost) universal characteristic of stone is its naturally cool surface temperature, which is a nice feature here in the desert—especially during the summer.

Here’s a look at some of the most common types of stone flooring in detail:

Granite

Granite is one of the most popular types of stone, and it’s easy to see why. You can find it in a variety of different colors and textures. One benefit of granite is it’s more durable than many other types of natural stone. It’s most commonly used for kitchen countertops, but is also a great choice for flooring in any room.

One challenge with granite is installation. If the subflooring of a room is weak or isn’t completely level, or has irregularities such as bumps or dips, it could cause the granite tile slabs to crack. As a result, granite flooring installation may take extra time and labor, which could increase the cost of the project.

Marble

Marble is similar to granite in both look and popularity. Its popularity goes all the way back to ancient times, when Kings and Roman Caesars demanded this stone to grace the floors and walls of their palaces. If you’re looking to transform your home into your very own palace (and who wouldn’t?), marble may be the way to go!

One disadvantage of marble is it’s slightly more porous than granite, which means it’s more susceptible to staining. It’s best suited for formal spaces such as a dining or family room, and definitely requires sealing by a professional. It can also scratch fairly easily. Check out our article on   for help keeping your marble flooring scratch-free.

Travertine

Travertine is a very popular stone flooring option and can be used both inside and outside the home. It provides a long-lasting, elegant look. It’s different from other stone in that it feels soft under your feet and doesn’t have that cooling effect you get with granite or marble.

Travertine doesn’t offer the glossy, shiny finish that a lot of people like. However, its matte finish is unique and offers a more natural, rustic look that can be very pretty. It’s a good alternative if you like the look of marble, but don’t want to deal with an ultra-sensitive surface. So if you have kids and/or pets, then travertine may be a great alternative for you!

Limestone

Limestone is formed from delicate materials such as coral and shells, which give it a natural, earthy appearance. It’s easy to create a uniform look because, unlike with other stone types, there’s little color variation between tiles cut from the same slab. It’s a harder stone, which means it’s even more resilient than other stones, such as marble or travertine. And good news if you like wood flooring—certain patterns of limestone look like wood! Limestone offers a casual, homey look.

The most common issue with limestone is that it absorbs water. Be careful if you decide to use it outside. Though it absorbs water, it can also be very slippery when wet, so make sure any spilled liquids are quickly wiped up. In addition, limestone should be sealed before installation, and resealed every few years to protect it and ensure against stain damage.

Is Stone Flooring Right for You?


After reading this article on the pros and cons of custom stone flooring, you now have most of the information you need to make a decision. Only you can determine whether natural stone is the best choice for your home! Ultimately it comes down to this: do the pros of custom stone flooring outweigh the cons?

If the answer is no, you have plenty of alternatives to choose from. Take a look at our selection of hardwood, laminate, or wood tile. There are so many ways to upgrade your flooring and make your house truly look, and feel, like home.

Check out our article on Choosing the Right Flooring to Fit Your Style for more advice on how to find the right flooring for you.