5 Most commonly used Natural Stones in Interior

Today, more than ever, the beauty of natural stone is a favourite choice of designers, architects and homebuilders. Natural stone tiles are fast becoming the flooring material of choice. Having been used for thousands of years already, natural stone is a dynamic and versatile product that can be used in both traditional and contemporary buildings. For floors, walls and countertops there are a variety of natural stone surface finishes to choose from.

Marble

Is the most luxurious option. Because of its exquisite pattern, it is one of the most elegant floor decisions. It gives the house a sense of prosperity and value. It is extremely durable, can survive a lot of weight. Marble is scratch-free, does not age quickly. Inserting marble floor is expensive and time-consuming. Only skilled technicians would be able to insert the marbles correctly, without damages and waste. Marble is extremely heavy, some constructions might simply be not strong enough to carry the weight (that might lead to a floor/wall damage) Chemicals, sand and grit do most damage to the natural stone surface. Marble requires a high degree of maintenance, so you would require skilled professionals to keep your floor in good condition.

Fieldstone

Generally, these stones are pulled out of the ground to improve the effectiveness of agricultural land. While today it is most commonly used as a garden feature, such as a retaining wall, or in the façade of a home. It is available in different shapes, from flat slabs to bulky natural bricks. When using this material on the interior of your home, it is most effective as an accent wall. One of the best features of the stone is that makes the room look warm.

Brick

Bricks are, in fact, considered humanity’s oldest manufactured building material. Brick floors are one of the most inexpensive flooring options. Brick tiles are durable, strong and easy to clean. Over time, they might require some maintenance but they will generally last for many years before they begin to show any signs of wear and tear. These types of tiles will not weather in the sun, and the coloured tiles are dyed through so they do not show signs of wear when installing in high traffic areas. An additional advantage of brick tiles is that they are fireproof, slip resistant, and can be found in many different colours and textures. The disadvantages of brick floors are that they can be rougher and more uneven than wood or tile floors, especially when you walk over them barefoot. Most commonly, brick flooring is used for outdoor spaces: gardens, squares, roads. However, brick flooring in the Interior space becoming more and more popular.

Terrazzo

is a composite material, poured in place or precast, which is used for floor and wall treatments. It consists of marble, quartz, granite, glass, or other suitable chips, sprinkled or unsprinkled, and poured with a binder that is cementitious (for chemical binding), polymeric (for physical binding), or a combination of both. Terrazzo is cured and then ground and polished to a smooth surface or otherwise finished to produce a uniformly textured surface. It is often used for flooring, for kitchen and bathrooms countertops. It has wonderful waterproof properties and its surface is not damaged by water. One of the best benefits of terrazzo is that it is extremely long lasting. Terrazzo is created by entrenching the chips into a clay base and to polish them. In terms of green technology, there are no surfaces that compare with terrazzo. Possessing a compressive strength of nearly 500 pounds per square inch, some of the earliest terrazzo-like floors created almost 10,000 years ago still, exist in the middle east today.

Limestone

Most limestone is composed of skeletal fragments of marine organisms such as coral and molluscs. Limestone is also used by many interior designers due to its versatility– it can enhance the look and create a timeless classic look. Pure limestone is nearly white in colour, but most of the limestone used for buildings is produced in a range of different finishes, such as cream, black, gold, brown, pink and red. It is a strong, dense stone with few pore spaces, which means it can withstand abrasion and freeze-thaw. Limestone flooring is natural stone material. It is easy to take care of and comes in a variety of natural-looking shades and colours.