A piece of rock quarried and worked into a specific size and shape for use as flooring or wall treatment. Stone is a hard surface formed of mineral matter that provides natural beauty, durability, a long life cycle and appealing color and pattern variations. Common stone flooring includes: marble, limestone, granite, slate, travertine, onyx, and stacked stone.
graniteA granite floor can be made of tiles, pavers, blocks, slabs, or other forms of cut granite, a natural igneous rock with a visible grain. It is a common and prestigious flooring material for public spaces and high-class buildings, such as retail, office, and hospitality where it’s commonly used in lobbies and major interior pathways.
Limestone is a natural substance with a rustic, old world look. Because it’s very porous, it will require a sealant to protect it from stains. Compared to other natural stones, limestone is one of the softer products available on the market; hence, it’s not the product for high traffic areas.
A marble floor is constructed of blocks, tiles, sheets, pavers, or other forms of marble, a metamorphic calcite crystalline rock which is often valued for its decorative impurities. It is capable of being polished to provide outstanding performance in public buildings, museums and lobbies.
Onyx is known for its natural bands of color playing through the vivid translucency of the stone. The final appearance of Onyx depends greatly on the direction in which the block of stone is cut. Each tile is unique with banded veins of color occurring naturally yet all flowing together.
A dense fine-grained metamorphic rock produced by the compression of various sediments like clay or shale. A slate floor is comprised of multiple slabs, tiles, blocks or forms which cleave easily into flat sheets. Commercially, slate is used as a flooring material in lobbies and public spaces because of the decorative effect of its color and texture. Like most stone, a sealant is required to protect it from stains.
Stacked natural stone as a wall treatment provides a striking visual because of the non-symmetrical appearance achieved by using a variety of stone shapes, colors and sizes.
Travertine is a natural stone which differs from other stone because of its formation, hardness and appearance. Travertine is formed in hot springs and/or limestone caves. Key characteristics of Travertine stone are the holes within the stone which are caused by carbon dioxide evasion. Travertine when used on the floor can be given a more contemporary appearance by honing and filling with a matching grout to provide a smooth surface.