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Different Types of Natural Stones for Home Flooring

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Different Types of Natural Stones for Home Flooring

If you were thinking of investing in a custom kitchen renovation it is important to take a look at the different types of natural stones available for home flooring. Natural stones carry a special appeal and beauty that blends well with the overall d├ęcor of any room perfectly. They are great for kitchens as well because natural stone tiles can withstand rough usage and heavy traffic easily and last for a long time. Below is a quick look at the various types of natural stone that residential remodeling services recommend for home flooring.

Granite

Granite is manufactured using intense heat and pressure which makes it very durable and resistant to scratches. It features a non-porous surface to make sure that no common household kitchen acids, like vinegar, citrus juice, or soda, damages its shine and luster. That is why granite is also perfect for use as kitchen countertops.

Marble

Marble is manufactured from dolomite or limestone. It is renowned for its beautiful appeal, striking colors, clouds, and streaks, which make it an attractive option for any area in the house. However, marble is more porous and softer than other natural stones, and it can get stained easily by acidic liquids. That is why its applications in kitchens are a bit limited.

Onyx

Onyx is formed when quartz crystals fuse naturally to form a solid stone. It has a semi-translucent appearance and features vivid colors. Onyx is also a soft and porous stone, which is why it is seldom used in the kitchen. However, it can perfectly accent other types of tiles in the kitchen flooring.

Travertine

Travertine is formed by hot springs that dissolve limestone and create a hard stone with many tiny air pockets. It features a unique and rustic appearance, which makes it a good option for home flooring. However, it is used more commonly in bathroom flooring and walls, and not that much for custom kitchen renovations.

Limestone

Limestone is a sedimentary stone, which is formed in nature when calcium and organic matter harden over time. They are renowned for their amazing beauty and elegant appeal which is why limestone is used in both living rooms and foyers. However, as they are soft and prone to staining, limestone is also not that commonly used for kitchen flooring.

Slate

Slate is formed when shale and quartz blend naturally to forms thin horizontal layers of solid stone. It features unique textures and a rustic natural look, which makes slate perfect for outdoor flooring. It is also a great option for kitchen flooring as its texture can help to lower the risks of slipping due to water spillage.

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