Stone has been used for floors and walls for centuries. With floors, it offers a hard surface and is naturally cool underfoot, and with walls it provides the canvas for stunning stone cladding and striking features. While they might be an investment financially, they are also an investment in the longevity and durability of your property. Plus, since no two slabs are the same, they offer a high degree of variation and character.
The stone process.Stone flooring and cladding are made from quarried rocks, which may be metamorphic (slate and marble), sedimentary (limestone and travertine) or igneous rocks (granite). They are made by slicing boulders and slabs into square or rectangular tiles of varying size and depth.
What to consider when choosing stone.
The Pros of stone flooring
=> Stone floors are durable, resistant to wear and tear, and easy to look after.
=> Stone is available in a range of colours and patterns to suit the style of a house or room.
=> Due to its resistant qualities, stone flooring can be used to create a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces.
=> When well cared for, stone floors can boost the value of a home due to their character, permanence and durability.
The cons of stone flooring
=> Stone floors can be cold in our climate but underfloor heating or rugs can help improve their warmth value.
=> Some materials, such as marble, may scratch. Others that are brittle may chip. Knowing the characteristics of the stone you are thinking of is important in the selection process
=> Stone also doesn’t absorb sound the way soft flooring such as carpet does.
A Selection of Europica’s Popular Stones:
Travertine has a porous surface with an almost sponge-like appearance, due to being formed in hot springs and/or limestone caves. Travertine is durable when properly sealed and maintained, however, it does have a tendency to scratch. This kitchen features 600 X 600 square silver travertine tiles.
This hallway floor is honed and filled travertine, which means the holes in the stones are filled, and the tiles are sanded in the factory after they are cut to create a smooth, matt surface. Our Travertine is sourced primarily from Turkey and is fast becoming one of the most popular stones in our range. Enquire about which tile size and surface finishes are available for each type of stone.
Limestone is known for its natural, earthen appearance and, unlike some stones, has little colour variation when cut from the same slab. Limestone is typically grey, white, beige and other natural tones, with a distinctive fleck. Limestone is more durable and resilient than travertine and it can be sanded for a perfectly smooth finish.
Marble is a porous stone that can easily scratch and therefore should not be used in high-traffic areas. Marble comes in a variety of colours and patterns depending on where it’s quarried.
The overall look of marble is formal and sophisticated, and it can often be seen in bathrooms where it’s used for vanity benchtops and bathtubs as well as flooring.
Granite & Basalt
Granite and Basalt are igneous rocks formed from volcanic activity. Primarily darker, both granite and basalt are an excellent
natural stone for those seeking a dramatic effect for their exterior or interior surface. Within our range of Granite & Basalt tiles, the natural grains and highlights of the stone are a subtle feature of the product, which can be accentuated by the choice of finish – honed, flamed or polished.
Some of the hardest stones, Granite & Basalt are suitable for a variety of applications, including walls and floors, interior and exterior, heavy traffic areas and wet areas.
Europica has been involved in a number of award winning projects for the supply and installation of Stone. If we can help you with you next project please enquire below.