Tips for Choosing Natural Stone Finishes

natural-stoneChoosing the right flooring for your home is a big commitment. If you’re looking for a type of flooring that will last longer than a carpet and that is easy to maintain, natural stone is an excellent choice.

Natural stone flooring is beautiful, durable, and versatile. As its name suggests, natural stone comes from nature, so each and every tile is distinct and unique. No two tiles are the same.

Choosing the right slabs, or tile, to incorporate into your interior deserves careful consideration. Before you buy, here are a few things to consider.

Showrooms and home-design centers have lots of samples and can order similar stone for you. But if you go to a stone yard, you’ll have your choice of native materials. Plus, you can pick out the pieces that will actually be used in your home, which is an advantage since no two are the same.

Ask an expert if the stone you’re interested in is right for your needs. Your first consideration will be how it looks, of course. But while most types of stone are durable and stand up to a variety of uses, each has its own distinct qualities.

Select a finish for your stone that suits how you plan to use it. A highly polished finish, for example, is perfect for a countertop but too slippery for a bathroom floor.

Finishes
Honed stones have the most natural-looking finish. After the stones are cut, they are sanded with a coarse abrasive to create a smooth, matte surface.

Buffed and distressed stones are first burnished to remove imperfections. Their surfaces are then weathered to create an aged look.

Brushed and hammered stones are first treated with stiff bristles, which give them a moderately rough finish. Hammers similar to pick axes are then used to create a pocked effect.

Satin brushed stones are treated as brushed ones are, but with softer bristles. This method results in a smoother finish.

Highly polished stones (like onyx) have a glassy look. Fine abrasives smooth the surface in the same manner sandpaper is used on wood.

Weigh the price of stone against its longevity. The material will last a lifetime, so it’s worth the investment. Plus, it will likely add to the value of your home. To learn more, contact Design Floors for flooring in Lewisville, TX.