Posted on January 24th, 2018 by Artisan Stone
When looking to lay new floors, the battle used to be between hard surfaces and carpet. But surface floors are becoming more and more popular, as people seek to avoid allergens that are common in carpets. Hard surface floors are also much easier to maintain.
The two most commonly used hard surfaces are stone and wood, and it’s a tough choice. There are several pros and cons for each, and at the end of the day, it’s comes down to which you like best.
There are so many varieties of stone flooring, and each has its own pros and cons. Whether slate, granite, sandstone, limestone or travertine, there are several benefits to using natural stone for your flooring.
That list above isn’t even all of the stone flooring options. When you look at all of the varieties of stone, and combine that with the enormous range of colours, textures, cuts and edge treatments, there’s an almost endless supply of options to choose from. On top of this, there’s also the option to have a natural, semi-gloss or gloss finish.
Does your area experience hot summers? Stone flooring keeps the house cool. Experience cooler winters? Don’t worry, just add a rug. When it comes to cooling and warming up the home, there are options if you have stone flooring. If it’s really cold where you are, you can also install heated flooring under the stone to keep your feet nice and warm.
Stone is a natural product. There is plenty of supply and it doesn’t require any other resources or materials to create. There are also no nasty chemicals or toxins so your interior is healthy. Additionally, it’s recyclable, so even if you do choose to replace the flooring down the line, it can be turned into something else, again helping the environment.
Known to transform a home due to its warm vibe, there are a few benefits of using timber, especially when it comes to Australian hardwood timber flooring.
Though not as durable as stone pavers and tiles, timber flooring can last for decades, and care and maintenance is quite simple and effective. There’s no stress associated with stains or deterioration. On top of this, the way timber flooring is made contributes to its durability. The manufacturing process remains true to the natural durability of wood. Quite simply, it’s built to last. If necessary, it can also be resurfaced quite easily and sanded back to deal with scratches or dents.
Timber flooring doesn’t date. It’s not going to go out of style and it can work in absolutely any area of the home. It can either be a focal point or simply fade into the distance. It can be covered with rugs or stand proud on its own, and, if and when the rug goes out of style, whip it off and let the floor shine through, or simply replace it.
There are so many different types of timber flooring that almost any taste and style will be satisfied. Whether it’s classic warmth, or light and bright, there’s an option for you. Even within the different types of wood, there are differing shades to choose from. Of course, different types of wood may be better in different areas, so it’s best to speak to an expert to see whether your choice will work in your space.
Timber flooring isn’t porous and doesn’t retain odours, stains or dust. A simple vacuum or even a mop will sort out any spills, dust or mess that lands on the surface. A good quality timber floor will also omit a lovely, fresh odour which can even mask some of those created by kids or pets. It’s hygienic and easy to maintain.
There’s no rulebook that says you can’t have natural stone and wood flooring in your home. At the end of the day, it comes down to personal preference, how you’re going to use the space, and your budget.
If you love the aesthetic of timber but want the function of natural stone, timber look tiles will be your best option!
Get in touch with the friendly team at Artisan Stone, we’ll help you find the perfect natural stone or timber look tiles for your flooring.