Craftsmen Tile

Why Go With Stone...?



Stone

    •    most commonly used stones for flooring include slate, marble, granite, sandstone and bluestone

    •    an expensive flooring material with a hard and noisy character

    •    solid and earthy in appearance but can be cold underfoot if the floor below is unheated

    •    installation must be in a cement bed or on to a concrete subfloor

Uses

    •    because of its expense and weight, stone is used mainly in smaller areas of the home such as entrance ways, halls, around fireplaces and in kitchens

    •    when considering stone as a possible flooring material, the floor on which it will rest must be able to adequately support the load or overstressing of structural frame may result

Maintenance

    •    requires little maintenance, minimal sweeping and mopping

    •    very durable, although any cracks or chips may be difficult to repair



Below are a brief description of each popular stone I find mostly used...


And Further Below are pictures of my previous work...



Slate

Description

    •    dense, fine-grained stone with a slightly rippled surface

    •    colours: dark grey (most common), purple, green, green-purple, black, blue-black

    •    moderately expensive

Uses

    •    most appropriate in main living areas or as an accent

    •    take caution, is slippery when wet

    •    not advised for bathrooms

Maintenance

    •    highly durable and stain resistant

    •    regular sweeping and occasional wet-mopping, joints may require scouring

    •    can scuff in high traffic areas


Marble

Description

    •    smooth and opulent stone that is usually veined

    •    certain marble veining allows for creation of specific patterns (slide slip, end slip, book match, quarter match or diamond match)

    •    available in almost any colour, most common: black, brown, grey, rose, blue, white

    •    surface finishes: polished (glossy, high gloss) and honed (satin, smooth with little or no gloss)

    •    most expensive of all floor coverings

Uses

    •    anywhere a formal or elegant character is desired: principal bathrooms, dining rooms, entrance hallways

    •    can be used as an accent with other flooring

    •    take caution: slippery when wet

Maintenance

    •    regular cleaning and polishing

    •    moderately durable but varies depending on type

    •    frequent resealing required to prevent staining and scratching