Porcelain, ceramic, marble, and other natural stones create elegant hard surface flooring and wall options. No matter your preference there are ceramic and stone solutions for you. Some of the natural stone and ceramic flooring options available include:
Natural Stone Floor
Natural stone floor comes in a number of options for commercial spaces, each one comprised of different materials that give them unique characteristics.
Granite is the hardest and densest stone. It can be left in a naturally gauged state, honed flat, or polished smooth. It is somewhat porous but its density still makes it resistant to stains and water penetration. To protect the tiles and the grout lines between them granite is sealed after proper installation.
Slate is almost as hard as granite, it’s made up of layers of flat, hard-packed stone that the weight of the earth has compressed into solid pieces. Its strong structure makes it resistant to cracks and breaks, although it is vulnerable to chipping on the edges of the tiles. It is a porous stone that should be sealed after proper installation, with periodic reapplications to keep at its best.
Marble is formed when a sedimentary stone is transformed under heat and pressure. Marble floor is a luxurious option with elegant style and a unique appearance, but polished marble is prone to scratching and staining, and is not resistant to water.
Limestone is a flooring option that ages gracefully taking on an intentionally antiqued look over time. It is very porous and of moderate strength and density requiring that it be sealed after installation.
Sandstone is extremely porous and needs to be treated with multiple applications of sealer, on a regular basis. It is not usually recommended for humid or wet environments like bathrooms.