A Guide to Stone Tile Types and Finishes

The walls continue to form the box with the parallel surfaces of a ceiling and the floor. Every part of a house has to be in its most appealing state to build a home. Floors are often left out to be the way it is with the worn-out grout fillings and fading luster. Remodeling of the floor is almost always necessary at home after a few years, and getting it done will make for a brighter place to live in. When you are planning a complete renovation of the flooring, you will need to consider the areas of your house where you want to use stone tile and the cabins you want to be tiled with the same. The type of finish also has to be considered when thinking of a remodeled structure. Here is a short guide to stone tile types and finishes.


Types of Stone Tiles

1.      Granite


The intense pressure and heat given into the formation of granite make it non-porous and hard. Granite is not easily damaged like the other tiles when coming in contact with household kitchen acids like soda, lemon juice, and vinegar. It is highly durable with good scratch and heat resistant properties protecting it from any form of harmful impacts. You can use granite for flooring and countertops, but make sure to avoid its use in the kitchen areas where oil is handled a lot because vegetable and olive oils can stain the surfaces.


2.      Marble

Great amounts of heat and pressure are applied in the formation of marble as well since the compression of dolomite and limestone requires significant energy. The crystalline marble structure later gets filled with the band, clouds, streaks, and a wide range of colors. If you are planning to use marble for your home, make sure to place it in the lower traffic areas, bathrooms, and backsplashes.


3.      Onyx

This mineral is found in caves as a solid stone with quartz crystal traits to its texture. Onyx is considered a prized stone because it has a semi-translucent nature to it and multiple vivid colors. Onyx tiles are usually used to accent the other types of tile used in flooring.


4.      Travertine


The underlying limestone is often dissolved by the hot springs in which travertine forms. It is due to this process that limestone ends up having air pockets on its surface. Travertine also has the same features due to the heating process, giving the tiles a rustic old world appearance. Use it at your home for the bathroom and foyer flooring, bathroom vanities, and walls.

Apart from these major types of stones, tiles made of limestone, sandstone, quartzite, and slate can also be used.

Stone Tile Finishes

The most common finish types used in the market include:

  • Honed
  • Polished tile
  • Honed and unfilled
  • Honed and filled
  • Chipped tile
  • Brushed tile
  • Tumbled tile
  • Natural cleft tile
  • Flamed tile

Apart from the finishes on stone tiles, sealers and enhancers also add more luster and durability to the floors.