If your floors are natural stone (countertops, showers, tubs and patios) you most likely know that you have yourself a beautiful upgrade!
Natural stone adds so much detail, character and elegance, it compliments just about everything, and every type of decor, always a beautiful, classy accent to any living or working space. Just like we mentioned on our other pages, your floors are the main focal point, add stone to that and you will have everyone’s attention!
Natural stone can be a costly investment! Natural stone is a raw natural material and requires unique care and attention. Having natural stone increases the value of your home or business. Understanding how to treat and care for your stone will preserve its beauty and your investment!
Here are a few of the most popular stones
- Saltillo (Mexican Tile)
Natural stones are all different. Each one has its own unique, one of a kind characteristic. Keeping it maintained just enough to enjoy and appreciate its natural beauty is key.
Natural stone can lose its luster or shine. Your natural stone floors can have scratches or pivots, small holes. This is caused by normal everyday use, improper cleaning and care, or lack of care. Knowing what type of flooring you have is important. Also having a professional who is experienced in these different stones and the proper care that is needed is important.
Everyone has a different look they want to achieve. Some may prefer a matte finish, some a subtle shine, others a highly reflective and glossy shine. When we come to see your floors, we evaluate what you have, and listen to what your wanting. We explain in depth all about your floor type, what we can do, what we recommend and how we can achieve this.
Different methods are used depending on what type of stone we are refinishing and what you’re wanting it to look like. This involves using tools specially designed for stone. Scrubbers, pads for honing, polishing, solutions and powders etc. We explain all of this when we meet with you.
These jobs usually take a day or two to complete. Furniture & appliances are moved, cabinets, appliances and other things of value are taped and covered with plastic. These jobs tend to be a bit messier. The end result is well worth it!
Some interesting facts about your stones!
The most well known place this can be found here in the US is in Yellowstone National Park
It is also here in our very own state! Havasupai Springs (Grand Canyon) Travertine is formed in hot springs and even caves.
It is one of the most popular natural stones consumers choose
It comes in more natural earthy tones like white, cream, tan, beige, brown and even hues of gold. Some other colors can be found along with black or dark colored swirls, veins running through the stone.
Travertine has different styles, brushed, honed, polished, and edges that can be chiseled.
Travertine can be can be used indoors and outdoors
When you notice the holes in your travertine, these are unique characteristics that form through a natural process over the years. The holes sizes determines its worth. The premium cuts will have smaller holes and pivots.
Has always been prized for its elegance and beauty.
Greeks and Romans used it in their structures and architectures.
It is the higher end stone for homes, businesses and art.
It is quarried all over the world.
Marble can be found in many different colors, white is the most highly prized, it can be found in pink, black, green, and many more,
Turkey is the world’s oldest and natural stone producer.
Marble is the more fragile stone
The reputation of being strong, hard and difficult to stain!
Granite is harder than STEEL!
Granite is most popular for being used on counter tops and preferred by most consumers
Once polished granite becomes stain and scratch proof
Granite comes in different earthy colors, patterns and cuts, no two pieces are the same
Granite makes up for 80% of the earth’s crust
A handmade rustic tile, made out of clay.
A type of terra-cotta
Highly porous, will soak up liquids
Can have a matte or glossy finish
Used for inside floors and outside patios
A sedimentary rock
Comes in a variety of colors
Flagstone is a beautiful flat stone, its slip proof
Mainly used for patios, walkways and in homes
Is a very popular and durable stone.
It’s used for almost everything, patios, pools, entryways, kitchens, bathrooms, furniture, floors and lots more!
It can be used inside and outside
It is slip resistant
Most all slate is found in Spain