Natural stone flooring in the kitchen can add a luxurious feel to any space and is timeless, beautiful and sexy! . There are several outstanding stone flooring options available for the kitchen and we will discuss each flooring option in detail:
Granite tile kitchen flooring
Quarried from deep within the earth, this porous volcanic rock known as granite, is indeed a beautiful flooring option. Although extremely hardwearing, Granite tiles are not impervious to staining. Stains can be removed from Granite tiles but generally need to be performed by a professional at quite the cost.
Limestone kitchen flooring
Limestone is a porous material that is relatively soft and can stain very easily. Limestone is generally found in cream colors and soft yellows but is also found in shades of gray, black and brown as well. Although limestone can vary with respect to hardness, this product is definitely not recommended for busy kitchens and should not be used in high traffic areas as damage there is most likely to occur. Limestone is very smooth and will be dangerous when wet. Inquire about slip resistance if you decide on using this unique natural stone
Marble Tile Kitchen flooring
Marble is essentially limestone that has been exposed to greater heat until the material re-crystallizes and forms into Marble. This process makes Marble much harder wearing than Limestone. When used for kitchen flooring, Marble requires sealing. Marble will stain and does so fairly easily. Stains can be removed but should be only done by a professional. Marble stone is available in a wide variety of color and veining. Beware that some Marble tiles will have more veining than others. When installing Marble tiles it can be very difficult finding the perfect match. Sometimes it is easier to choose the tiles with the most veins. Marble is generally very smooth and can be very dangerous when wet. If you do choose to make marble your kitchen floor be sure to inquire about slip resistance.
Travertine Kitchen Flooring
Travertine is generally found in Italy is formed from calcium carbonate. Travertine stone is available in several colors and can have a pitted appearance. The pitting is a natural process and some contractors will choose to fill these pits where others prefer to leave them empty, resulting in a much rougher appearance. Travertine kitchen flooring is very durable, standing up to most cleaning products and is resistant to acids and bases.
Slate Tile Kitchen FLooring
Slate is a fine-grained rock which reveals a textured and rustic appearance. Slate tiles are non-porous making it a better choice in kitchens as Slate is much more resistant to staining. Slate Tiles are available in a great variety of hues, generally in darker colors such as shades of black and gray, maroons, rusts and greens. Slate is an extremely durable kitchen flooring material and is generally more slip resistant than Marble, Granite or Limestone
There’s no denying that natural stone flooring does rock! Cheesy but true! When choosing natural stone for your kitchen floor you really must do a needs assessment. First of all it is not cheap and most natural stone tiles, like Marble, Limestone and Granite, require extra maintenance. If your kitchen will indeed be a high traffic area exposed to children and pets, unless money is no object, natural stone flooring may not be your best choice.