Many companies have created unique artificial or man-made products for us to use in our homes. While some of these engineered products have added benefits, we cannot neglect some of the natural options available as well. Natural stone flooring is a great option which can add a luxurious appeal to any room in your home. Many homeowners have concerns and questions about these products. To help, we have answered some of our most frequently asked questions about natural stone flooring to help you better understand this excellent flooring option. Let’s take a look!
Q: What is Natural Stone Flooring?
A: “Natural Stone is a product which is extracted from the earth. These include materials such as marble, onyx, travertine, slate, limestone, and even granite. Some products, like ceramic tiles, are manufactured from raw material by heating clays in a kiln. In its raw form, ceramic is a clay that is very porous. Typically, a glaze will be sealed on the material when baked to create a protective finish.”
Q: Is Natural Stone Flooring Porous?
A: “Porous is referring to how many little pores are on your flooring. The more holes mean the more permeable your flooring will be. Some natural stone flooring is more porous than others and will allow liquids to transmit through the material to the subfloor. Limestone is extremely porous, whereas granite is relatively non-porous with very few holes. Most natural stone floorings will need to be sealed. Not only is your concern with water seeping through, but if the liquid is of color, it can easily stain very porous floors.
Q: Can I Install Natural Stone Flooring in My Shower?
A: “Yes. Natural Stone tile is an excellent solution for showers! The installation process will provide a waterproof underlayment to prevent home damage. Water will slowly penetrate through your tile and grout lines, yet the underlayment will prevent damage. It is important to find a tile solution that is slip-resistant to prevent accidents and falls.”
Each natural stone flooring option comes with different pros and cons. Research which flooring option is best for your application. Different materials work best indoors versus outdoors and can aesthetically change the room’s appearance. For more insight, make sure to subscribe to our blog.