If elegance and beauty are what you want your bathroom to convey, natural stone is just the flooring for you. It certainly costs more than other types of flooring, but high durability means you won’t be replacing it anytime soon. Here’s some more information to get you started.
The cost of installing stone flooring in your bathroom depends on the type of stone you want. Granite costs about $6-$22 per square foot, marble costs $9-$20, travertine is around $6-$13, limestone runs $6-$17, and slate costs $6-$20. All prices include the approximate cost of installation. You can get a couple price quotes by clicking here, and then compare those for the most competitive rate.
Considered one of the most durable flooring options available, stone flooring can easily last the lifetime of your home. However, it’s important to make sure that your flooring is installed by a licensed professional so you won’t have any problems down the road.
While stone flooring may look elegant and beautiful, it does take a bit of maintenance to keep that appearance up. First and foremost, make sure that your floor is sealed to prevent stains from accumulating on the surface, and regularly reseal it every nine months or so.
When it comes to cleaning, you can begin by using a dry dust mop to get rid of debris. Then, wipe the surface with a clean, damp mop. Avoid abrasive cleaners, as these can damage the stain. Immediately dry any excess water afterwards.
The first precaution is adequate, even support. A professional will know if the structure of your bathroom can support the weight of your preferred stone. If not, it is possible to use a thinner layer of stone.
Stone needs a strong subfloor, which has an important role as a support system. Depending on what the subfloor and stone floor consist of, you will need to take precautions like reinforcement and layering with tar paper, wire mesh, a mortar bed, or a cement backer. Above the reinforcement and layering, an adhesive is required to keep the stone floor in place.
You can choose from a large selection of natural stone, such as marble, limestone, slate, epoxy, or flagstone. Each type has its own specific attributes. Granite, the hardest and densest stone, is highly resistant to staining and scratching. Marble is often associated with luxury. It comes in a medley of colors accented with a characteristic veining quality. Slate has a rustic appearance, is water-resistant, and comes in gorgeous, rich colors.
Agglomerates are an alternative to natural stone. They are manufactured stone products made from natural stone chips suspended in cement, epoxy, or polyester bindings. Terrazzo and quartz agglomerates are two of the most popular agglomerates in home building and flooring.
The world’s oldest building block, stone has been used to erect the earliest European palaces and ancient Egyptian pyramids. It has always been, and most likely will always be, a popular building material in the United States and all over the world.
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