Natural stone flooring can add a unique and sophisticated look to your Honolulu home. However, not every type of natural stone tile is ideal in every setting. Knowing what differentiates various tile options from each other can help you hone in on the perfect choice. Keep reading to learn more about four of the most popular stone tile flooring options on the market today.

slate tile floorSlate

Slate typically comes in grey or blue varieties, but it can also be found in orange, rust, or green tones. Its clean, subtle pattern makes slate the kind of tile that can pull off both a sleek, modern look, or a more homey, rustic feel. The major benefit of slate is its durability. It is resistant to scratches and, when properly cared for, slate tile can last for decades. The biggest downside to slate is its cost. As such, those on a tight budget may not find slate is a good fit for them.

granite tile samples Granite

Granite is available in a wide array of colors, including white, black, beige, blue, green, and pink. This means there is something out there to fit almost any style of home. One of the benefits of granite flooring is that it doesn’t wear down quickly, making it a great option for high traffic areas. The other benefit is that, once sealed, it’s relatively easy to care for and maintain. The biggest disadvantage to granite tiles is that they are slippery, so they might not be ideal for homes with senior residents or small children.

black marble tile floorsMarble

Marble is an iconic luxury material, perfect for those who want a classic look and feel to their space. Marble is available in white, cream, gray, or black, where the stone is shot through with veins of contrasting colors to create a beautiful effect. One of the benefits of marble is its timeless character. You don’t have to worry about your floors going out of style when you install marble tiles. Another benefit of marble is its scratch resistance. The biggest downside to marble is that it can stain if not properly sealed and maintained. As such, you need to carefully consider location and intended use if you’re thinking about installing marble floors.

travertine tile bathroomTravertine

Travertine comes is a range of warm yellow, tan, orange, or cream tones. This neutral palette means it fits in with most decorating styles. A major benefit of using travertine is that it has a natural non-slip texture. The grit in the tile keeps the floor from becoming slippery and makes it a good fit for bathrooms. The downside to travertine floor tiles is that they can wear faster than other options, making them less than ideal in high traffic areas.

Want help finding the right stone tile flooring for your project? Contact the flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Oahu and schedule a free, in-home, design consultation today!

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