Looking to redo an area of your yard, or add some style to the inside of your house or business?
If so, natural stone tiling may be for you.
Natural stone, such as granite, marble, travertine, slate, sandstone, and engineered stone have many different benefits and can be used in several different areas of your home or business.
The first step to choosing the right tiling and having it installed is understanding the types of options you have. Also, remembering that the price of certain tiles is determined more by availability and supply rather than a stone’s quality or durability is extremely important!
All natural tiling is a product of nature that gets removed from a quarry. Once the blocks are removed, slabs are cut and manipulated into their final shapes depending on the type of object that is being produced.
Each block of tile is unique based on where the slabs were taken. Skillful blending or matching of the blocks, veneer panels, tops, etc., results in a beautiful combination of nature’s variety and man’s design.
Because of this, this type of flooring one of the easiest ways to add creativity and character to your space.
At American Tile Company, we carry large selections of natural tile, and promise faultless installation of any type of tile you choose.
Types of Natural Stone Tile
There are six different types of tiling that falls into the category of natural stone: granite, marble, travertine, slate, sandstone, and engineered stone.
Each type of tile has its own benefits and uses and at American Tile Company we will work with you to find your best fit for the products we carry and install.
This type of stone combines both durability and bold colors and textures at an affordable price, making it desirable to many businesses.
Granite is as one of the hardest natural stones and therefore, can be used inside or outside of your property. It can be used in areas that experience a lot of traffic, is impervious to water, and holds a shine with little upkeep.
Not many flooring options are able to offer the type of quality and practicality that granite can, which could make it the perfect choice for you.
Though granite tends to be more popular than other flooring options, marble is still regarded as the unparalleled champion of stone texture and appearance.
Marble is composed of contrasting vein and base colors that make the stone synonymous with high-end, chic décor. This type of stone is used in areas that experience less wear and traffic and is frequently used in order to promote a more elegant look.
Unlike granite, marble is less durable and more expensive. Usually, this tile can cost anywhere between $10 to $20 per square foot.
However, cost aside, marble is a beautiful addition to any space and gives off an ambiance of sophistication and professionalism.
When most people think of natural stone, they imagine countertops or flooring that stand out with beautiful color mixtures that really catch their eye. However, not all stone has those characteristics.
If you are looking for an accent for your space that does not seem over-the-top or needs to be more casual, travertine may be perfect for you.
This type of stone is usually dominated by beige, neutral colors that tend to be more relaxed than other types of tiling.
Travertine is part of the limestone family, meaning that it is very durable, but more susceptible to staining than granite or marble.
Typically, it is used to create neutral, but still beautiful, floors or walls in many different spaces.
One of the more versatile types of flooring is slate, which can contain almost any color or texture you may be looking for.
Because of this, slate is often used in backsplashes, accent instillations, stepping stones, or many other projects around your commercial property.
This type of stone also tends to mix very well with other tiling. For example, slate wall tile looks beautiful as an accent to granite countertops.
Slate is impervious to water damage, stain resistant, and requires low levels of maintenance and upkeep.
If you are looking for a unique, rustic look, slate may be best for your space!
Another type of natural stone that tends to be rather popular is sandstone. This tile offers softer textures with beautiful appearances combined with durability, making it perfect for many areas in a house or business.
Sandstone is a very strong and durable stone, but is susceptible to some staining without proper care. Because of this, maintenance takes a bit more care than others, but is well worth it.
Sandstone mimics beach and desert sand, containing reds, browns, golds, and tan colors, creating gorgeous, natural looking flooring or accents.
At American Tile Company, we offer several styles of sandstone that will look wonderful in both homes and businesses.
Engineered Stone Tile
Though natural stone brings a special quality to a space, it may not be an option for you due to cost or other factors. Luckily, there is engineered stone that could act as a perfect solution to this.
Engineered stone is comprised of quartz and resin and is not technically considered ‘natural’. However, it does resemble its appearances and other traits such as durability easy maintenance.
Engineered stones are much cheaper than natural stone, but do lack a more definitive grain than the latter.
Whichever type of flooring you decide to use, allow our employees at American Tile Company to assist you in all your tiling needs!
Benefits to Natural Stone
No matter which type of stone you choose, installing natural tiling will add beauty and a sense of unique creativity to any space.
These beautiful stones will not only get your visitors talking, but will also withstand high levels of traffic while staying in pristine condition.
Each type of stone is handcrafted and is hassle-free, requiring little maintenance to keep your floors looking great for years to come.
Though some flooring solutions can get rather pricey, there are many options that will not break the bank that will still make your property the talk of the town.
Each type of stone is different when it comes to certain characteristics, but as for their cleaning – most of our natural stone requires little maintenance that can be done quickly and easily!
For most natural stone tiles, dusting or moping using a clean, non-treated, dry dust mop will keep the tiles looking new and fresh. For trickier messes, such as sand or grit, there are cleaning solutions that can be used that cause no damage to your tiles at all.
Also, using mats or area rugs near entrances will decrease the frequency of how often you need to sweep your floors.
Generally, natural stone flooring ranges from $5 to $10 per square foot, with installations costing an average of $7 per square foot.
However, depending on the type of stone you choose, this could decrease or increase in pricing.
Why American Tile Company?
At American Tile Company, we pride ourselves on hard work and customer care. We want to help bring your vision to life in any way we can.
From choosing your tiling to performing the installations, we will work with you to get the job done. Your needs matter to us.
We offer several variations of stone that can be used in and outside of your Louisville business. We cannot wait to get started creating your perfect space!