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There are three general classes of rock/stone: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Within those classes two categories of natural stone emerge: Siliceous stone is composed mainly of silica, or quartz-like particles. It tends to be very durable and easy to clean. Stones in this category are granite, slate and sandstone.
Calcareous stone is mainly made of calcium carbonate. Calcareous stone is sensitive to acids; including cleaning products and foods like citrus fruits, vinegar, wine, and tomatoes. These types of stones include marble, travertine, limestone, and onyx.

Natural Stone Selection for Surfacing Projects

Natural Stone Selection for Surfacing Projects.

The secret to choosing the right natural stone for your surfacing project whether it be backsplash, countertops or flooring tile is giving preference to function over form.  Architect Louis Sullivan said “form ever follows function” implying that the form or look of a space is secondary to its practical functionality. A designed and decorated space isn’t truly a success unless it is able to be used and enjoyed by the people for whom it was designed.

With natural stone both form and function can be served well, but one must choose the stone wisely. You will then have a design that is not only incredibly attractive, but also eminently functional.

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Cutting Natural Stone Tiles

Cutting Natural Stone Tiles.

There are a number of methods and tools used in the installation of tiles. For softer tile like ceramic tile and some types of glass the most common methods involve scoring and snapping or using a pair of nippers with a carbide tipped pencil. However, these methods are inadequate when cutting  natural stone tiles.   Unlike ceramic tile, soft glass, and ever some softer porcelains, using a tile cutter or tile snips are not going to do a lot when it comes to cutting natural stone. Most natural stone tile are too hard and dense to be snapped, without extreme pressure. The few stone tile that might snap without that amount of pressure may not fracture cleanly.  For example, slate tiles will fracture along many different layers, resulting in a jagged cut. Similarly, standard nippers do not have the jaw strength necessary to cut through natural stones like granite. And, they crush more brittle or fragile stone.

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Slate Bathroom Flooring

 

Choose Slate for Your St. Lucie Bathroom Flooring.

Slate, a natural stone tile, just might be the ideal surface of choice in the bathroom.  When choosing bathroom flooring your main consideration should be functionality, durability,  and cost.  Slate bathroom flooring scores well when all competing products are considered.

Slate bathroom flooring tile by Bella Slate.
Bella Slate – High quality natural stone.

In regard to functionality, the main consideration for bathroom flooring is  moisture.   There are no moisture problems with slate bathroom flooring.  Unlike granite and marble, slate is non-porous. It cleans up very easily and does not have a tendency to harbor bacteria. It won’t absorb liquids, so it won’t stain from  cleaners since they can’t penetrate its surface. Slate is highly heat resistant and resistant to etching and scratching. Scratches are easily rubbed out.

From the viewpoint that function trumps form, the decision to use a siliceous stone like slate in a bathroom environment seem obvious. In the bathroom, the use of slate bathroom flooring is particularly appropriate, as cleanup and maintenance is easy. While other metamorphic stones, such as marble, are prone to staining and absorbing moisture, slate is relatively non-porous.  Additionally, slate’s natural cleft and honed finishes have an has an organic feel that is also slip-resistant.

For those who love natural stone, no other flooring will do.

While natural stone flooring is pricy, slate is quite a bit more affordable compared to its pricier stone flooring cousins. While natural stone is one of the more expensive flooring options, its natural beauty and easy maintenance make it an excellent investment.

Choose the right color and surface finish and you’re on the path to creating a unique look. It won’t etch, it doesn’t burn, and it’s non porous so maintenance is fairly simple.

Slate is a unique and durable natural stone which will leave a life long lasting impression.  Each stone is unique; its natural beauty only enhances through years of use. For a design that is not only incredibly attractive, but also eminently functional, you can’t go wrong with slate flooring in the bathroom.

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Granite – Natural Stone Tile

Natural Stone Selection – Granite.

Choosing the right natural stone for your surfacing project; whether it be backsplash, countertops, walls or flooring tile, depends upon knowing the attributes of the stone with which you will be working.  So, let consider the natural stone called granite.

Granite is an igneous rock formed from magma with at least 20% quartz by volume and at least 35% of the feldspar in granite is alkali feldspar. It is the alkali feldspar that gives many granites a distinctive pink color. A siliceous stone, composed mainly of silica or quartz-like particles, it tends to be very durable and easy to clean. Stones in this category are granite, slate and sandstone.

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Limestone – Natural Stone Tile

Natural Stone Selection – Limestone.

Choosing the right natural stone for your surfacing project; whether it be backsplash, countertops, walls or flooring tile, depends upon knowing the attributes of the stone with which you will be working. So, let consider the natural stone called “Limestone.”

Any stone capable of taking a polish, with the exception of granite, is known as “Marble”,  commercially.  Recrystallized limestone, compact microcrystalline limestone, and travertine that are capable of taking a polish are promoted, marketed and sold as either limestone or marble.  These calcareous stones are made of mainly calcium carbonate. Marbles are sensitive to acids; including cleaning products and foods like citrus fruits, vinegar, wine, tomatoes, etc. They require different cleaning procedures than siliceous stone like granite. These types of stones include limestone, travertine and onyx.

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Marble – Natural Stone Tile

Natural Stone Selection – Marble.

Choosing the right natural stone for your surfacing project; whether it be backsplash, countertops, walls or flooring tile, depends upon knowing the attributes of the stone with which you will be working.  So, let consider the natural stone called “Marble.”

Commercially, any stone capable of taking a polish, with the exception of granite, is known as marble. These calcareous stones are made of mainly calcium carbonate. “Marbles” are sensitive to acids; including cleaning products and foods like citrus fruits, vinegar, wine and tomatoes. This stone group includes marble, travertine, limestone and onyx.

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Sandstone – Natural Stone Tile

Natural Stone Selection – Sandstone.

Choosing the right natural stone for your surfacing project; whether it be backsplash, countertops, walls or flooring tile, depends upon knowing the attributes of the stone with which you will be working. So, let consider the natural stone called Sandstone.

Sandstone is an igneous rock. It is a classic sedimentary rock composed mainly of sand-sized minerals or rock grains. Most sandstone is composed of quartz and/or feldspar. Like sand, sandstone may be any color, but the most common colors are tan, brown, yellow, red, gray, pink, white and black. It is alkali feldspar that gives many sandstones a distinctive pink color. Although a siliceous stone, it is not as easy to clean as others siliceous stones like granite and slate. Nor is it as durable.

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Serpentine – Natural Stone Tile

Natural Stone Selection – Serpentine.

Choosing the right natural stone for your surfacing project; whether it be backsplash, countertops, walls or flooring tile, depends upon knowing the attributes of the stone with which you will be working.  So, let consider the natural stone called “Serpentine “.

Commercially, any stone capable of taking a polish, with the exception of granite, is known as marble.  Well, not exactly.  A beautiful green, and sometimes black, natural stone called serpentine is sometimes mistaken for marble.  It too can take a high polish.

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Slate – Natural Stone Tile

Natural Stone Selection – Slate.

Slate is the finest grained foliated metamorphic rock. Slate is derived from an original shale-type sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash through low-grade regional metamorphism. The shale and clay are subjected to a metamorphic process involving heat and pressure during which cleavage planes are formed. Foliation may not correspond to the original sedimentary layering. Called “slaty cleavage”, the very strong foliation is caused by strong compression causing fine grained clay flakes to regrow in planes perpendicular to the compression.

Slate is frequently grey in color, however slate occurs in a variety of colors; shades of grey, from pale to dark, and may also be purple, green or cyan. The presence of mica and quartz can also give a copper or silver sparkle appearance. Slate is easily recognizable by it’s distinct cleft pattern,  unless the stone’s surface has been honed smooth.

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