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Natural stone refers to a variety of mountain born materials including Slate, Marble, Limestone, Travertine, Granite, and Sandstone. Each of these has slightly different properties.
Celtic Flooring will insure you understand the characteristics of the type of stone flooring tile you are purchasing in order to determine whether it is appropriate for a specific location.
For a residential or commercial application the grade of the stone is important.
Tile and stone will outlast and outperform most other flooring and wall applications. Individual product performance will vary due to its density, sealant or glaze and how porous it is.
Ceramic tile and porcelain usually have a rating of 1 to 5 for their overall durability and abrasion resistance. Five being the most durable.
Grade 1 refers to high quality, uniform materials.
Grade 2 consists of materials with minor defects such as chips, scratches, or irregular surfaces.
Grade 3 materials have major flaws in size, shape, surface, or chipping, making them appropriate only as accent pieces, or in certain rustic decorative applications.
Coefficient of Friction
This measures how slippery various materials are. The higher the coefficient, the more traction a tile will have. This number is especially important in moist environments such as bathrooms and kitchens, as well as high traffic commercial areas. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that flooring material has a minimum of a .6 dryness coefficient.
Indoor vs Outdoor Rating
Some natural stone flooring materials are more suited to outdoor applications than others. Many of the factors above will determine whether a material should be used in an open air environment. Non-vitreous materials will be subject to staining through dirt and acid rain, as well as cracking when absorbed materials freeze and expand. Stones which have a low coefficient of friction will also pose a slipping hazard during rain and snow storms.
Natural stone materials are formed beneath the earth over millions of years, and often contain a variety of disparate elements. Sometimes iron is present in these materials, which can manifest as bright red and amber hues in the surface of the stone. The problem in an outdoor environment is that those traces of iron can oxidize, a process more commonly known as rusting. This can cause the entire tile to degenerate over time.
Benefits of Using Natural Stone Flooring
Each piece of stone is a unique creation of the earth, making every flooring application one of a kind.
The mountain born qualities of the stone can help to reconnect a space with the natural world.
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