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top 5 stone tiles and
Selecting the right anti skid tiles ( click here ) for your home, office, shop or other commercial
venture is a complex process. It involves consideration of your budget, theme, taste and above all
functionality. In this article, we have discussed all these things so you can decide which the best
stone finish tiles for your project are.
Top 5 stone finish tiles
Granite: Granite is the only non-porous stone tile making it the most popular, practical, durable
and widely used tiles. Due to its non-porous surface, this tile can't be damaged by acidic
substances, hot pans, etc. which makes it perfect for kitchen. Its' beautiful crystal like appearance
also makes it favorable for flooring. However, there is an increased risk of slipping on polished
granite and hence it is not advisable to use it in areas with high footfalls.
Marble: Marble is an awe-inspiring stone that is used since times immemorial. Roman and Greek
structures swear by marble. The famous white marbles of Taj Mahal invite millions of visitors even
today. However, these tiles are not very practical due to their porous nature and steep cost. If
however, you are aiming to build an edifice to create a lasting effect; this is the tile to go for.
Travertine: If you are aiming for a rustic look that gives a charming old world look to your décor,
then travertine is your best bet. Travertine belongs to limestone family and is available in neutral
colors like light brownish yellow. It has a pitted surface, which makes it very porous and hence
usage of sealers is highly advised when using these tiles. These tiles are mostly used in foyers,
bathroom vanities and walls.
Limestone and sandstone: Limestone tiles are popular indoor tiles used often on walls, bathrooms
and foyers. Sandstone tiles are used outdoors because of their hard texture. These stones are
made of calcium and hence are very porous. This makes them unfit to be used in kitchens.
Slate: These tiles are primarily used in pavements, pool decks and entries with high footfall. They
are slip-resistant and look very rustic making them a perfect choice for these places.
Top stone finish types
The top stone finish types are honed stones, which have a smooth texture and a matte finish.
Polished tiles are the most popular stone finish tiles as they bring out the richness of color, design
and depth. The most common polished tiles are granite and marble. These tiles can increase the
rate of slipping. Another popular finish is brushed stone which gives a leathery feel to surface with
smooth ridges. This type of finish is mostly used for marble, travertine and limestone. Stones like
slate and sandstone are often given natural cleft finish that is created by splitting the stone and
creating unique textures.
Most stone finish tiles ( click here ) including marble, sandstone, limestone and travertine are
porous, so it is very important to seal them with sealers. This will increase the longevity of your
tiles. If you are doing the laying of your tiles yourself or with the help of a worker, make sure you
use sealant before as well as after the tiles are installed.