When it comes to flooring options, few are more
beautiful and elegant than natural stone. The types of natural stone include
granite, slate, sandstone, marble and limestone. What makes it different from
most flooring types is the variability in porosity, fragility and maintenance.
There are many things to consider when considering natural stone flooring, so
we recommend you speak to one of the professionals at Wayne Wiles Floor Coverings to
make sure you’re choosing the right type of natural stone flooring for the room
in which you’re placing it. Some things to consider are:
retailers use this ranking to portray the uniformity of the natural stone
materials involved in the floor. A grade 1 is given to flooring that is uniform
throughout and high quality, while a grade 3 is given to flooring stone that
has a lot of variability in smoothness, shape and quality
Specific types of natural flooring can be more
slippery than others. This ratio should be considered when you’re looking to
place natural stone in an environment that can get wet, such as bathrooms,
kitchens and high traffic areas.
This is a rating given that determines the
porosity of natural stone. It ranges from impervious, where the materials
involved resist moisture from spills and liquids to non-vitreous, where there
is a high absorption level and should not be used in any damp environment.
Indoor vs. outdoor rating
Combining all of the other elements of grading in natural stone, you’ll notice certain types won’t lend themselves well to outdoor spaces due to lower absorption rating or lower coefficients of friction.
Feel free to browse our catalog of natural stone here or stop by the Wayne Wiles Floor Coverings to speak to one of our natural stone flooring experts.