Each room in the home has a variety of flooring options that work best for how the space is used. For the bathroom, it is important to not only consider the beauty of a floor but also its ability to repel moisture and be slip resistant. One of the best flooring choices for your bathroom that has these qualities is stone flooring. There are many types of stone flooring, but all of them have certain benefits to your bathroom design.
Stone floors are beautiful since it comes from nature, providing gorgeous earthy colors and patterns to fit any type of bathroom design. Since the stone comes directly from nature, no two cuts will be the same, giving your bathroom a truly unique appearance.
Their longevity and design aesthetic has made stone a popular bathroom flooring option for centuries.
Because of varying natural colors that occur in each type of stone tile, it instantly elevates your home to a new level of richness. In time, this helps improve your resale value for little investment.
Resale value also improves because of the durability. With proper sealant and reapplying sealant every few years, the stone will not stain or retain moisture which makes it perfect for bathrooms. Likewise, it will not scratch or chip easily and, if it does, it is easy to buff the blemish out.
The individual types of stone flooring available for your bathroom design also has each of their own benefits. There are six main types of stone flooring that include marble, granite, limestone, slate, and travertine.
Marble is one of the most popular stone flooring options available, but is a very rich stone floor. This type of flooring looks best in larger or more regal bathrooms. Choosing marble floor for a hall half bath might look a little out of place in your home design. Marble is a durable stone, but needs a little more love and care than some stone flooring options. Marble must be professionally sealed and finished since it absorbs water without treatment.
Granite is the most durable stone flooring option available and is very popular due to the variety of colors and patterns that occurs naturally in the stone. Nothing about granite is manufactured and that natural shiny look is a very attractive feature for most homeowners. The durability allows granite to be the best stone option to repel water and be completely resistant to scratch and stain. However, the hard surface can be slick, so proper finishing for texture is required.
Limestone is a sedimentary stone but is much harder and more durable than other stones in the same family. Limestone has been around for thousands of years, slowly becoming more hardened over time to become the perfect flooring option. Over time, limestone’s pattern will take on the appearance of wood grain. Like marble, it must be professionally sealed since limestone has the tendency to absorb water.
Slate is a metamorphic stone that is known for its ability to split into thin sheets. While some believe this makes the stone less durable, it is not true. Once slate is installed and sealed, it is as durable as any other floor. The ability to split slate into small sheets is what makes it a perfect flooring option as it can turn into tile. The tile pieces can be dense or thinner, but the denser cuts will cost more per square foot. Many homeowners love slate for its rich and dark appearance and its high resilience to moisture and heavy traffic, but it must be properly sealed.
Travertine is a sedimentary stone which makes it much softer than other stone flooring options, even limestone. Travertine will have zero shine to it, but the matte look will bring out the colors and warmth of the stone the more it is worn in. There are many beautiful color options available, but be warned that travertine is the easiest stone to scratch and stain out of all the flooring options. While it is easy to repair, some homeowners do not want to deal with the repair and maintenance.
Which stone you choose depends on how you like the coloring for your design as well as which benefits you think you need most for your bathroom lifestyle. While all are essentially impervious to moisture with the proper sealant, it is vital that you choose tiles with a textured surface to prevent slips and falls. Certain stones will allow you to apply a rougher, matte finish that does the work of providing grip and slip resistance on the stone flooring.