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Carpet, Flooring, and More

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When it is time to replace your flooring, looking for a tile that is unique and connects you with nature may not be top on your list. Deciding which type of tile meets your needs may be more difficult than you anticipated.

Stone Tile Flooring

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However, if you are looking for a tile that is nonpolluting, eco-friendly, and varies in color and design then look no further. Stone tile flooring may be your answer for your floor as well as your walls.

With stone tile, each piece of stone is a unique creation of the earth, so every flooring and wall application is…

one of a kind. Stone tiles are cut from the mountains of Italy, Turkey, and other countries around the world. Some people feel the mountain born qualities of stone helps them feel more connected with nature, or gives a more natural feel to their environment.

Stone tiles are natural, nonpolluting, and eco-friendly pieces. Since it is a natural product, no two tiles will be exactly the same. In fact, some types of stone will greatly vary in color and design even when cut from the same area of the quarry.

Natural stone tile may be from a variety of materials, including:

◆ Slate
◆ Marble
◆ Limestone
◆ Travertine
◆ Granite
◆ Sandstone

Each of these has slightly varied properties. In order to determine whether it is appropriate for a specific location, you need to understand the characteristics of each type of stone flooring.

Consider the following factors:

  • Absorption Rating – This refers to how porous a certain material is. The more absorbent it is, the more susceptible it will be to stains, cracking, and damage.
  • Grade – Some retailers use a grading system to rate the quality of materials. This may refer to the size, shape, and thickness of the tile, as well as the condition of its surface. Most grading systems have three levels of quality: 1 refers to high quality, uniform materials; 2 is materials with minor defects such as chips, scratches, or irregular surfaces; 3 materials have major flaws in size, shape, surface, or chipping. Grade 3 materials are usually only appropriate as accent pieces or in rustic decor.
  • Coefficient of Friction – This determines how slippery materials are. The higher the coefficient, the more traction a tile will have. It’s important to consider this in environments such as bathrooms and kitchens, as well as high traffic commercial areas. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that flooring material have a minimum of a .6 dryness coefficient.
  • Indoor vs Outdoor – Some natural stone tiles are more suited to outdoor applications than others. Consider the factors above to determine whether you should use a material in an open air environment. Absorbent materials will be subject to staining, as well as cracking if absorbed moisture freezes and expands. Stones that have a low coefficient of friction may pose a slipping hazard during a heavy rain.

Still not sure which flooring is the correct one for you? Then be sure to download our new FREE eBook: 9 Reasons Why You Should Consider Tile Flooring. Read it and learn more about the large selection of tiles available and their characteristics, styles and colors. 9 Reasons Why You Should Consider Tile Flooring

When you are ready to see stone tile flooring for yourself, stop by our showroom in Cape Coral. At Carpet Concepts, our professional staff will be happy to help you!

Have questions? Call us at (239) 574-5099 or contact us online. We’re licensed and insured, and a Certified Pro with Quality Service Pros! We serve Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Estero, Bonita Springs, Sanibel, Captiva, Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Beach, Naples, Marco Island and the surrounding areas.

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

-Jay

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