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Jan 27

Stockett Staff

Selecting the Best Natural Stone Flooring for Your Kitchen

by Stockett Staff

Selecting the Best Natural Stone Flooring for Your Kitchen

What you should look for when shopping for natural stone floor tiles.

Since the beginning of civilization, architects and designers have been using natural stone in their works. Natural stone flooring adds a level of character and warmth to your kitchen that other materials simply don’t provide. Stone floors have a naturally cool and hard surface, making them ideal for warmer climates.

If you plan to install natural stone flooring in your kitchen, it’s important to choose a hard, dense stone like granite or slate. Granite and slate are non-porous, so they are less susceptible to staining and pitting. Marble, limestone, and travertine are more porous, so they require frequent cleaning and regular sealing.

Granite Flooring for Your Kitchen

Granite is one of the most popular types of natural stone flooring for kitchens because it is extremely durable, scratch- and strain-resistant, and easy to clean. Granite comes in hundreds of different varieties. You can flame granite to give it a slip-resistant texture.

There are no other types of natural stone that repel water the way that granite does. Granite flooring suits all different kinds of kitchens and is great in family homes with children, where there are likely to be a lot of spills.

Slate Flooring for Your Kitchen

Slate is another popular type of natural stone flooring for kitchens. Slate has a rustic appearance. It is a metamorphic rock that splits into thin sheets easily and then is turned into tiles. Slate is also available in geometric and irregular shapes. The denser the slate you use, the less likely it is to fall apart. Slate tends to have a dark color and is highly resilient.

Select the Right Finish

There are many different natural stone finishes, including polished, honed, leathered, and brushed. When buying natural stone flooring for your kitchen, be sure to select the right type of finish. A highly polished finish might look great for kitchen countertops, but it will be too slippery as a kitchen floor. A honed finish has the most natural appearance, with its smooth, matte surface. Ask a natural stone fabricator in Phoenix or Scottsdale about the advantages and disadvantages of various natural stone flooring finishes.

Unlike other types of flooring, natural stone flooring gets better with age. Natural stone flooring is also likely to increase your home’s resale value. Before you start shopping around, do your research to learn more about the materials you’re interested in. Ask your natural stone fabricator many questions to understand the characteristics of different types of stone before making a decision. Be sure to order enough natural stone flooring to complete the job in a single shipment if you want to avoid having mismatched lots.

Get Natural Stone Flooring for Your Kitchen from Stockett Tile & Granite

The design experts at Stockett Tile & Granite Company will work closely with you to find the natural stone flooring that best suits your kitchen and lifestyle. Call 480.443.1988 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a design appointment at our gallery or at your home!