Granite: One of the hardest and densest of all natural stone. Next to the diamond, it is the hardest of the natural stones.
Marble: Marble is crystallized limestone that comes in many different color variations and usually displays a veining pattern that adds to its uniqueness. These veins are typically different in color from the overall color of the stone.
Limestone: This stone has a more
subtle look and is often offered in a “honed” or
matte finish. This stone will require preventative
maintenance over time, as it is a softer stone and
Travertine: Unique looking due to
the “fill process”. In its original form, Travertine
has thousands of holes running through it. These
holes are filled and then the stone is polished. The
stone polishes to a high sheen and the fill areas
remain dull creating a beautiful floor. Like
Limestone, this stone will require preventative
maintenance over time, due to its porosity.
Slate: This rustic, yet elegant
stone, has become increasing popular over the years.
The beautiful color variations turn any countertop or
surround into a work of art. Slate can be used for
interiors as well as exteriors making it the perfect
product to bring the outdoors in!
Tumbled Stone: is marble, travertine
and limestone that are tumbled and distressed to
evoke a timeworn look of stone from centuries
It’s important to remember that natural stone is a
product of Mother Nature. No two pieces of natural
stone tile will look the same. Veining and
crystallization are natural characteristics of the
stone, not imperfections.
Different stones are have different levels of
hardness and porosity and are best for different
uses. Be sure to ask your design consultant about
which stone is right for the different areas in your
home depending on whether it is a wet area, like a
bath or a high traffic area such as a kitchen.
12”x12” is the size typically installed on
Tumbled Stone is also available in smaller sizes such as 4”x4”and 8”x8” and even smaller in many of the intricate decorative borders.
There are two types of edges for natural stone tile.
A polished bull nose edge that has a rounded or
curved appearance. A polished straight 90 degree
Natural stone tile is less expensive than natural
stone slab and still evokes an elegant look.
Selecting Grout for Natural Stone Tile
Natural Stone grout lines are typically done with
unsanded grout and are usually much thinner than
ceramic tile installations.
Design Options-grout can match, contrast or coordinate
with your stone tile. Remember, grout will outline each
tile creating a visual picture frame. If you want to
highlight the beauty of your stone and make the grout
less noticeable, select a grout that is close in color to
the stone. A contrasting grout color, either darker or
lighter, will enhance the appearance of the grout lines
creating a checkerboard effect.
Grout darkens as it ages, so sealing is recommended. Remember that grout colors can change slightly from the sample in the design center to the grout installed in your home based on the temperature and humidity when the tile is installed.
What About Sealing?
It is highly recommended that you seal your stone tile or slab after it is installed to provide additional stain resistance and to protect the stone’s original beauty. There are different types of sealers depending on the type of stone. Scratches, stains, etching and dulling of the surface are all permanent damage and forever alter the appearance of your stone. Ask your design consultant for information about sealing.
The Value of Upgrading
You will have a wider selection of types, sizes and colors.
You will have access to more durable types of stones.
Decorative options such as accent strips, mosaics, patterns, etc.
A timeless finish that brings value to any home.