The Pros and Cons of Stone Flooring
by Melissa Bullard
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
If you are remodeling your kitchen or refacing your kitchen cabinets, you may want to consider updating your kitchen's flooring. Paired with refaced kitchen cabinets, new flooring can make a huge difference in the style of your kitchen. If you want a look that is both beautiful and natural, consider stone flooring. Stone flooring can give an upscale look to your kitchen, but because it's expensive, it's a good idea to consider its advantages and disadvantages before deciding if it's right for you.
The Pros of Stone Flooring
- Variety: There are a many types of stone flooring. You can choose from natural stone, including granite, limestone, marble, sandstone, slate, and travertine. Or if you want a more eco-friendly choice, modern fabricated stone, which is made of stone chips suspended in concrete or some other material, offers a nice alternative.
- Durability: If you care for stone flooring, it can last as long as fifty years. Some more porous stones, such as marble and terra cotta, require regular sealing, but most of the time, cleaning a stone floor requires only sweeping and occasionally water and a mild detergent.
- Green Factor: While traditionally stone flooring may have been an environmentally-harmful choice, there are ways it can be more earth-conscious. You can choose fabricated stone, or only choose natural stone if you are planning on keeping the flooring quite a long time. You can also buy stone from a local quarry to keep transportation costs down. These days, you can even find places that sell salvaged or reclaimed stone flooring.
- Energy Costs: Stone does not retain heat, so if you live in a warm climate, stone floors can help keep your house cooler.
The Cons of Stone Flooring
- Maintenance: Stone floors are durable, but depending on the look you have chosen, they may require quite a bit of maintenance. You must seal both marble and terra cotta stone tiles regularly. Marble is a very soft stone, so it can stain and scratch easily. If you choose stone for its beauty, make sure the variety you choose is appropriate for the kitchen.
- Weight: Stone is heavy, so make sure that the foundation of your floor is in good shape and able to handle a lot of weight.
- Cost: Probably the biggest downside to stone flooring is its cost. Because of its beauty and durability, stone can be quite expensive.
- Hardness: Stone is, obviously, quite hard, which means that if you have little ones who may occasionally take spills, you might want to go with linoleum, cork, laminate, or wood.
Stone flooring may or may not be the right choice for you. But you can make an informed decision by considering the pros and cons.
About the Author
Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a fre
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