What is the Best Natural Stone Floor

When making a decision on which natural stone flooring is best for your needs and wants, doing as much research on each one is route to go. Each stone is different and unique in its own way, and knowing the differences and figuring out if it’s the right one for you is important.

When hearing porosity, this is referring to the size and amount of pores that is within the stone. This affects the strength of the stone as well as how stain resistance it naturally is. If you are looking to install natural stone in your kitchen, bathroom, or even mudroom that are all high traffic areas, you will need to consider a stone that is hard and dense that is nonporous like slate or granite.

You will find that the softer and more porous stones like limestone, marble, and travertine do require regular applications of sealant as well as frequent cleaning that helps prevent any staining or pitting to happen.

You will find that all natural stones come in a large variety of colors and even patterns. When looking for a specific color or design, keep in mind that how rare the color or design is, the higher in cost it would be. Let’s learn a bit more about each different natural stone tile.

Limestone has a natural and earthy appearance due to it being formed from sedimentary materials such as shells and coral. This is a stone that when it is cut from the same slab, there is little color variation from tile to tile. Its surface can be sanded down to give a refined look, or perfectly smooth, or even a machine-tumbled type worn look.

This is one stone that you can use in a room that is prone to have liquids or solid foods spilled on it that may contain acid, though you will need to have it sealed in order to make sure it lasts for years to come.

Slate is a natural stone that has rustic and classic look that is available in geometric pieces or irregular shapes. Its usual colors are soft reds, dark grays, and medium greens.

Granite is available in so many different varieties of colors and designs. It is a highly popular choice when it comes to bathrooms and kitchens, mainly due to it being a slip-resistant tile.

Marble is a rather porous stone that is a classic choice for those formal spaces within your home. It is best used in spaces that are not high traffic areas as it can be easily scratched. The tiles come in many different colors, though this depends on which quarry. Different marbles can be harder than the other as well as more stain resistant, so be sure when you are purchasing marble, which type it is.

Travertine is a limestone that has a more crystallized look to it and is very often mistaken as marble.

Make sure to do your research before deciding on just which type of stone flooring is right for you. You want to keep in mind which are more maintenance when it comes to clean as well as protecting and extending its lifespan. If you are someone that does not like to clean your floors regularly, there are some stone tiles that are not meant for you as they would need that done often. Or if you do not wish to worry about sealing your stone tile floors every few years, some other stones are not meant for you. Figure out which ones meet the needs and wants that you and your family desire.

When in doubt contact a professional, contact us today to schedule your appointment to polish your natural stone flooring or if you have any questions.


Floor ReNew Houston

Natural Stone Restoration

4530 W. 34th Street Suite C

Houston, TX 77092

(713) 418–9983