Gowdy Flooring can provide and professionally install your choice of natural stone flooring indoors or outdoors for Amarillo, TX area homeowners and businesses. While there are still some questions regarding the ecological impact of quarrying and transporting natural stone, these flooring tiles are still natural, eco-friendly, and totally non-polluting materials.
As you consider natural stone flooring materials, these are the factors that you should ask us questions about so that you’ll be well informed:
The Absorption Rating – The materials absorption rating lets you understand how porous any natural stone product will be. The greater the absorbency, the more susceptible the material will be to staining, as well as cracking damage during winter freezing conditions. This is an important factor that obviously should play a role in ‘where’ the material should or should not be placed. There are four possible levels of absorption that any natural stone product will have. These are:
- Non-vitreous: This is the maximum level of absorption that any natural stone material will have. As a rule, non-vitreous tiles shouldn’t ever be used in any damp, high-moisture environment.
- Semi-vitreous: While these tiles are somewhat less absorbent than non-vitreous tiles, as they are exposed to more liquid, they will need more maintenance.
- Vitreous: This is the standard absorption level for flooring tiles and these materials are generally considered the most appropriate choice for most low to mid-traffic indoor and outdoor applications.
- Impervious: These materials are resistant to the absorption of liquids and thus will be easier to maintain. They are often used in high traffic commercial applications.
As a rule, sandstone is the most porous of natural stone materials. Limestone, slate and travertine only have mid-range absorbency, and granite is almost completely waterproof.
Natural Stone Flooring has Some Drawbacks Too!
Gowdy Flooring knows well that some knowledge is important when you are thinking about installing natural stone flooring materials. This knowledge will help you to understand the characteristics of the specific material you are considering before you actually buy it. You’ll certainly want to know whether or not your preferred natural stone will be appropriate for your application, and also just how much maintenance it will require over time.
For additional information, or to personally look at samples of natural stone flooring materials that Gowdy Flooring can provide, phone us, email us, or stop in at our showroom in Amarillo, TX when you find it to be convenient.