Now that it’s the new year, we are focused on bettering ourselves with resolutions – but why should it stop there? Maybe 2019 is the year you decide that it’s time to better your home as well! Whether it’s as simple as a new paint color or as extensive as an addition, there is no time like the present to make changes to your space that will cause you to fall in love with it all over again.
One update that many people choose is to change their flooring. There are plenty of options to choose from, with each having specific traits that make it more suitable for certain homes than others. Stone flooring is one of these options and could make for a beautiful installation in your house. If you’re interested in installing stone flooring, take this information into consideration when choosing flooring materials for your home.
It’s Beautiful…But High Maintenance
Granite, marble, and travertine are all examples of natural stone flooring. And, we know, they are all beautiful! But while stone flooring is aesthetically pleasing, it is also high maintenance. For starters, during the duration of time you live with stone flooring, you will need to have it resealed periodically to keep it in prime condition. This will prevent water or other things from seeping into the flooring and causing stains. You can keep your stone floors for a lifetime, they just need some TLC.
Stone Flooring Is Soft and Porous
Natural stone is a soft, porous material from the get-go. This is not meant to deter you, but we think it’s an important thing to mention. Having natural stone placed in a high-traffic area could mean it’s at greater risk for scratching, which is important to consider if you have pets. Even though they will be sealed (and resealed occasionally as mentioned previously!), it may be risky to have them in frequently used areas like the kitchen or entryway. In the event that the seal is weakened, you could encounter visible staining in the area. If you choose to move forward with stone flooring, know that you’ll need to spend a little extra time keeping them clean.
It Could Be More Expensive
If you are on a tight budget, stone flooring may not be the most realistic option for a large space. The higher cost more comes not only from the material itself, but also due to the fact that natural stone often requires an additional layer of subflooring to be put in before the tiling can be laid down. Of course, there are also more expensive natural stone types than others, so you will have options depending on your budget and style preferences. Just keep in mind that if you love the look of stone flooring, it may cost you more than other flooring options.
We Have All of Your Natural Stone Flooring Options at Starwood Distributors
At Starwood Distributors, we have all of the materials you need to make your dream of natural stone flooring a reality. If you are interested in exploring your flooring options, we can send one of our experts to your door for a free in-home consultation.
Contact your nearest Starwood Distributors location today! We are in all major Texas cities, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. Additionally, we have locations in the North Dallas suburbs of Frisco, McKinney, and Plano.