Are you considering buying a natural stone floor? Then first read these tips before buying a natural stone floor!
TIP 1. THE CONCEPT OF NATURAL STONE
Natural stone is a collective name for various types of stone originating from nature and made suitable for use as soil cover. Characteristic of a natural stone floor is its unique appearance. No tile is the same. There are stone types that contain fossils that have been untouched and deeply hidden for centuries. By working the stone, these fossils are visible again. Because natural stones are all different, it is often very difficult to choose a stone floor on the basis of a sample tile. The whole of several tiles gives you a much clearer picture.
TIP 2. THE MAINTENANCE
Natural stone is sustainable. In addition to being beautiful, a natural stone floor is also very easy to maintain. However, you should not lose sight of the fact that a high-gloss polished stone requires a bit more maintenance. A granite floor, on the other hand, can take a beating. Marble is also the most famous natural stone. A well-kept natural stone floor is one of the most hygienic floors. Also of importance in the proper maintenance of a natural stone floor are the correct maintenance means and of course the correct application.
TIP 3. NATURAL STONE IS FUNCTIONAL
Characteristic is the beautiful luxurious look of the stone. Natural stone can take a beating, is practical in use and durable, so it is used for a large number of indoor and outdoor applications. During the years, natural stone becomes beautiful and gets character. Just think of all those beautiful historic buildings in which natural stones have been processed.
TIP 4. A NATURAL STONE FLOOR IS NOT EXPENSIVE
The prices of natural stone have fallen sharply in a few years. Moreover, the total investment and maintenance costs over a number of years are very favorable. This has been shown by a study by the German Batelle Institute in which ten types of floor covering have been examined. After twenty years, the natural stone floor proved even more economical than a normal type of parquet or carpet.
TIP 5. TO APPLY TO YOUR OWN TASTE
Natural stone has been used worldwide for many centuries in all kinds of building styles: from modern design to classical and from understated to expressive. This is made possible by the natural colors, the always timeless character and also the great design freedom. Natural stone is available in almost any size and shape, as required with a shiny, dull or structured surface. The beauty is that there is always a natural stone that suits your personal taste, style and budget.
TIP 6. THERE ARE LOTS OF NATURAL STONE FLOORS
Natural stone has many variations such as limestone, marble, quartzite, slate, granite, gabbro and gneiss. The colors vary from natural white, ecru, yellow, orange, red, green, brown to deep black, and they run smoothly to veined and fur. The surface can be processed in various ways, from high-gloss polished to dull and rough. You always have a unique natural stone floor.
TIP 7. QUALITY DIFFERENCES IN NATURAL STONE
There are, of course, quality differences between the numerous natural stone species and of course the corresponding price differences. What is special, however, is that a cheaper natural stone floor is not automatically technically less good. Price differences are mainly caused by other factors, such as transportation costs from the country of origin. The choice of a good quality stone is not difficult. It must be a natural stone floor that you like (external quality) and meets the requirements you have set (technical quality), which vary per application. The external quality is best judged in a showroom. It is recommended that the final batch of tiles or slabs be assessed at purchase. The professional can inform you about the technical quality.
TIP 8. EVEN OUTSIDE!
There are many natural stone species that are very suitable for outdoor use. The decisive factor is frost resistance. All granites and stone types that resemble them are resistant to frost, as are most marble. Only slate and limestone are often not frost resistant. With a professional implementation, the life span of a natural stone application is many centuries, as can be seen worldwide in many monumental buildings. But before that, the material starts to age, but natural stone becomes beautifully old.
TIP 9. A NATURAL STONE FLOOR CAN BE PROVIDED WITH FLOOR HEATING
Natural stone goes well with floor (or wall) heating. This goes so well that currently about 75% of the floors are equipped with underfloor heating. The natural stone first stores the heat and then releases it again. This makes the surface evenly warm, which feels comfortable. The most used is a heating based on hot water pipes, but also electric heating is possible.
TIP 10. A FLOOR OF NATURAL STONE IS ALWAYS RENOVATING
If the surface is seriously polluted, dull or damaged, the floor can be refurbished through intensive cleaning and / or renovation. There are several methods of intensive cleaning with which pollution can be removed. There are also renovation methods such as crystallization and grinding that remove damage and height differences and restore the shine. After treatment, the natural stone floor once again shows as new.