Natural stone floors can be used in both commercial and residential applications. Natural stone not only has an appearance of elegance and sophistication, but adds value to your property. Natural stone is visually appealing, every piece of stone is unique, never identical. Some of the commonly used stones include travertine, slate, marble, sandstone, limestone, and granite.
Among these types of natural stone there are thousands of varieties. Some of the more common marble varieties include carrara, calacatta, statuario, nero marquina and pietra grey. Some of the more common travertine varieties include Silver Travertine, Crema Marfil, Classico and Noche.
Natural stone tile flooring typically comes in one of three types of finishes: natural, honed, or polished. The finish you choose will depend on where you intend to use the stone tile and the desired appearance. Natural surfaces are unfinished and have an earthy, dull appearance. Texture and pitting are visible characteristics of natural stone tile.
Honed surfaces are achieved by terminating the finish process prior to buffing. The smooth, matte appearance is excellent for high-traffic and wet areas to prevent slipping and wear. Polished surfaces are highly reflective with a mirror-like finish. Natural stone does require some maintenance since it is porous, such as sealing.