two pieces exactly alike, stone floors are guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind. This
is one reason why it costs more, too. Other reasons include strength and
durability, as mentioned below. Stone floors are hardy but need proper support
and installation to avoid problems with loosening, unevenness, and even
breaking or chipping under pressure.
Stone consists of granite, marble, limestone, and slate (granite is the
strongest.) It’s beautiful, durable, and almost indestructible. You can find
many colors and patterns. Tumbled or honed finishes give great traction.
It’s cold and hard on the feet and very expensive. Slate is the most affordable
but it can be rough and in some cases peel. Tumbled or honed stone must be
sealed frequently. Glossy finishes tend to get slippery when wet and should be
polished on a regular basis. Marble can be damaged by chlorine and can absorb
dirt. Limestone and slate are dirt magnates. Stone is very heavy and may
require a stronger sub-floor.
With no two pieces exactly alike, stone floors are guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind. However, on the flip side, stone floors cost more and take more work to maintain. Here is all the information you need to decide if stone is the right choice for your basement.
While stone flooring is elegant and beautiful, it also has a large price tag to go along with it. Expect to pay $15 to $30 per square foot, depending on the type, quality, and thickness of the stone used.
Stone flooring comes with the option of granite, marble, limestone, and slate.
It’s extremely durable.
You can find stone flooring in a variety of colors and patterns.
Your stone flooring should be polished regularly.
Stone flooring can be very expensive, cold, and hard on the feet.
Tumbled or honed stone must be sealed frequently, while glossy finishes tend to get slippery when wet.
Stone is undeniably one of the most durable flooring options available. All natural stone can easily withstand normal (or even extreme) wear and tear, as long as it has the proper support and installation to avoid problems with loosening and unevenness that can lead to chipping or breaking under pressure.
When it comes to stone floor maintenance, sealing the stone is the number-one priority and should be finished every 12-18 months. This will stop unsightly stains from wreaking havoc on a floor that you paid a lot of money for.
Use a dust mop to remove the debris that tends to pile up over time, and a regular mop with a cleaning solution of dishwashing detergent and warm water to get rid of tougher stains. Never use abrasive cleaners and always dry the flooring afterwards.
What are the differences between the different types of stone flooring?
One of the most popular stone flooring choices, marble can be highly susceptible to stains if not sealed properly. Granite is probably the most durable option, and is less expensive than marble. Slate isn’t used quite as often as other stone types, and us
How much does it cost to seal a stone floor?
Sealant costs, on average, $30-$60 per quart, or around $100-$200 a gallon. Combine that with a cleaner ($10-$40 a quart) and it could cost up to $300 to seal and fully clean a stone floor, depending on the size and how much damage it has sustained.
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