Owning a home or business comes with many challenges, but it also comes with the obligation and duty to maintain your investment. Part of maintaining your investment means making changes to the design and aesthetic of the structure that you live in, or do business in. One way to take the look of your home or business to the next level is to invest in new flooring. Anyone who has attempted to replace flooring knows that this does not come without it’s own unique difficulties; there are many choices that will need to be made regarding function and design, and it is easy to become overwhelmed by all of the conflicting information regarding what materials are the best for your purposes. One type of flooring that many renovators gravitate toward because of its beauty is natural stone materials or tile. Natural stone is a gorgeous addition to any design. However, there is much controversy and myth regarding its durability and effectiveness. Here are some of the common myths surrounding natural stone flooring that you should probably ignore, or consult with professionals on for more in-depth information.
Easily stain or become damaged
Many homeowners and renovators steer clear of natural stone, mostly due to the myths that are associated. Firstly, people commonly assume that natural stone will easily stain or become damaged. While it is true that the stone can become stained like many other materials, this is not reason enough to stay away from the material all together. Many stains that plague stone surfaces can be treated with household products readily available to the public. When choosing flooring for any area of your home, it is first and foremost important to consider the area that you want to use stone in—if stains are a concern, then you may want to avoid putting stone in high-risk areas for stains to occur, such as the kitchen.
Most expensive material
Another myth commonly associated with stone flooring is that it is the most expensive material out there. This is simply untrue. There are many different kinds of stone flooring, and there are many other types of flooring that are comparably far more expensive. There are many factors that contribute to the cost of the stone that is being sourced for your flooring; you can consult professionals in the field who know the local vendors where they get their materials. This can eliminate some of the grey area on cost, and give you the best ability to make informed decisions regarding the type of natural stone you choose. You will want to consider the placement of the stone in cost (maybe mixing two different types of tiles to cut down on costs) and how much of it you will need before cost really becomes an issue.
Requires high maintenance
Along with the potential for stains to occur, homeowners often misconceive the mount of maintenance work that is required to uphold the integrity of the stone flooring. Not all types of stone flooring are equally susceptible to corrosion or scratches; there are some types that are treated, or more durable than others. Again, this raises the value of enlisting the help of professionals. If you are not well educated on natural stone, then you should consult with an flooring expert who can shed light on the potential for wear and tear in the materials you choose. There are things you can do that will help avoid damage and make maintenance a breeze. Stay away from harsh cleaning products, do not allow dark liquids to accumulate for lengthy periods of time, and always use a stone sealer before the material is in full effect.
Lastly, stone material is not a get out of jail free card for timeless design choices. Some stonework can be timeless, and it takes a careful eye for aesthetic to make sure that your stone flooring is not cumbersome to design. When choosing the stone materials, it is best use it in combination with other universal materials that compliment each other well—that way the design is not completely overwhelmed with one material, leaving you with little room for design changes later down the line. Natural stone is a beautiful element to add to any home or business design—it adds character and beauty to any space. Don’t let these common myths dictate your flooring options.