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If you're thinking of installing stone flooring for the first time, you may have a few questions you'd like answered. As stone flooring will last a lifetime once installed, it's important that you make an informed choice. If stone tiles are on your mind, read on for a few frequently asked questions about natural stone flooring:
Yes! Natural stone has been used in interior design for years – just think about all of those centuries-old castles with flagstone flooring – and as it is a durable, natural substance, it can easily last a lifetime. If stone flooring is installed correctly and properly looked after, it will only get better with age. To get the best out of your stone tiles, it's always wise to have it professionally installed, and to seal and clean it with the correct substances.
Sealing stone tiles will give them longevity; without sealing, every time a liquid is spilt on to the natural stone, it will seep into the stone tiles and possibly stain them, so sealing stone flooring is highly recommended. When choosing a sealant for your floor, make sure you choose one which allows your stone tiles to breathe, as it's important that the crystals within the natural stone are able to react with the air to keep their natural beauty. Specialist sealants, such as those made by leading brands Universeal and Lithofin, are available for all types of stone flooring.
Many types of natural stone are suitable as stone flooring, depending on the look you're trying to create. For example, large scale limestone tiles create the classic flagstone look within a home, where as polished marble gives a high-gloss, contemporary finish to a living area. Slate can be used both for interiors and exteriors, so if you're looking to create the infinity look inside and out, it is an ideal tile for stone flooring. Travertine is a firm favourite when it comes to stone flooring, as it is highly durable and suitable for many locations within the home.
Natural stone is a practical floor covering for any home; it's durable, and so doesn't need replacing after a few years, and it's natural colouring, veins and markings mean that it hides a multitude of sins when it comes to children's mess. If sealed correctly, any spills can quickly and easily be wiped up, and if your children suffer from eczema or asthma, stone flooring can even be a hygienic option, as it harbours less dust than a carpet would.
There's a common misconception that stone flooring is cold and therefore not suitable for the likes of living rooms. However, with the advances in under floor heating, this isn't the case – installing under tile heating is quick, easy and cost effective to install – especially with brand leading under tile heating mats Devimat - and will have your home warm underfoot. Practical and cosy, all in one!
If you've got more questions you'd like answered before you make a commitment to natural stone, ask the experts at the Stone Gallery. Our friendly team will be on hand to offer expert knowledge and answer any further questions you may have. And our expertise doesn't stop there either: friendly teams are also available at the Ceramic Tile Warehouse, and Park Street Interiors, both part of the Art of Living triangle, too, so any DIY and interior design questions you have will be a thing of the past!