Natural stone tile elevates any room from simple to extravagant. They are popularly used for flooring, countertops, and backsplashes because stone is extremely customizable and always results a stunning focal point for any room. Two of Tarpon Springs homeowners’ favorites are marble and granite. If you are about to start a new flooring project and don’t know which stone to choose, let us help you! Your local flooring team at Floor Coverings International East Lake has a wide selection of natural stones and is here to give some insight.
Marble is found in a wide variety of colors and grades that can complement practically any aesthetic. Common marble shades include ivory, pale pink, blue, and dark grey, which all have their own degree of translucency to add brightness and shine to your home. Marble is also famous for prominent veining and splashes in darker, contrasting hues. Furthermore, single slabs can have a variation of multiple colors, creating the look that has now been adapted in all areas of fashion and design. If you haven’t heard of “marbling”, check out some of the creative interpretations on art, furniture, nails, and even cakes!
While its beauty is undeniable, the durability of marble can deter homeowners. The stone is fairly porous and is scratched, dented, or stained easily. If you decide to invest in marble for your Tarpon Springs home, it is essential to apply a protective sealant upon installation and periodically throughout the lifespan of your surfaces. Marble is also known to be cold to the touch but transmits heat very well and is a perfect material to use if you are considering radiant floor heating in your home.
Where marble is elegant and translucent, granite is rustic and distinct. Natural colors range from creamy beige to gloomy greys with more colorful hues showing up in the form of veining. It has an earthy tone that fits in with modern homes looking for a more natural appeal to their aesthetic. Granite has a textured surface that adds depth and intrigue to floors. It is not as cold as marble, but can also be installed with radiant heating.
Unlike marble, granite is incredibly durable. In fact, it is one of the hardest stone materials available for commercial use. This means that it won’t be susceptible to scratching, chipping, or denting from heavy foot traffic or active households. It also means it will be rigid underfoot and we don’t recommend using it as flooring in rooms where you spend a lot of time on your feet. Once in place, granite will resist damage easily, but during installation when edges are exposed, its brittle layers can crack. For this reason, we highly suggest not making this a DIY project and hiring a professional team with the tools and know-how to properly install the stone tiles.
You can’t go wrong with natural stone tiles. [frachise_location_name] has a wide variety of styles to choose from, so give us a call today for a free in-home design consultation and estimate. We proudly serve the Clearwater, East Lake, New Port Richey, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Port Richey, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs and Trinity areas!