Slate tile kitchen in Tarpon SpringsWhen it comes to tile, natural stone offers both luxury and durability. Natural stone flooring is available in a range of materials with different looks and price tags, so it’s important to explore all the options before deciding which one is right for you. Luckily, our experts at Floor Coverings International East Lake are happy to help you choose the right stone for your Tarpon Springs home. Here are a few of the options:


Slate is a durable and resilient stone that typically comes in darker hues with gray, brown, and green undertones. The stone has a natural tendency to flake, but denser (and more expensive) pieces of slate are less likely to do so.


Travertine has a matte, weathered look that’s perfect for adding a warm and rustic feel to your home. Travertine is softer than some other types of stone and may experience scratches and stains. However, it is durable enough to last for many years. Case in point: several 300-year-old travertine structures in Rome are still standing.


Marble is a beautiful, long-lasting stone, but does require special care. It can be prone to staining and scratching, so it will require proper sealing to maintain its look over time. However, marble is still tougher than travertine.


Granite is one of the hardest rocks in the world and is excellent at maintaining shine and repelling water. But the beauty and durability of granite require some sacrifice in comfort – it can tend to feel very cold and hard on the feet.


Similar to travertine, limestone is a weathered-looking stone with plenty of character. Limestone is harder and more resilient than travertine, and its natural striations can sometimes make it look like wood.


This tough stone is a great choice for all areas of the home. It has a more neutral and consistent look, so if you don’t like the dramatic color variation of something like slate, you might prefer sandstone.

To get help choosing natural stone for your Tarpon Springs home, schedule a consultation today! At Floor Coverings International East Lake, we bring the product samples to you for a free in-home estimate.

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