Updating your home
When looking to update your home, your first instinct might be to don the overalls and arm yourself with paint, brushes and rollers. Some might even start ripping out kitchen units or a bathroom suite with reckless abandon, determined to regenerate a home that may be looking tired or dated. There are other improvement options that are less common and will both refresh and add an individual feel to your home.
One area of renovation and home improvement that is often overlooked is flooring. There are many choices available when it comes to your floors varying in effect, price range and longevity among other considerations. Increasingly popular are traditional stone floors, proven throughout history to stand the test of time even when under high traffic. Installing this type of floor gives a sophisticated, clean and unique edge to any home.
Stone has been used for flooring for hundreds of years, and there has been nothing that compares well enough to replace it. Stone flooring is an ideal choice for both the home and commercial premises as if installed correctly and adequately maintained it will last for many years. It is also fireproof so a safe option in both old, and new build, buildings. Stone flooring is a perfect choice for areas that have a high level of traffic, and even outdoor use, as it does not show wear easily. Hallways and rooms that are used as throughways when carpeted often deteriorate quickly showing discolouration and thinning where the greatest footfall is present. This is not the case with stone flooring which shows little sign of high usage.
Looking after stone
Stone is very easy to keep clean and maintain so that it retains its natural beauty and durability. It can be swept and hovered just as any other flooring. Unlike carpet stone also has the benefit of being wipe-clean and spillages or marks can be removed with a cloth or mop and mind detergent with ease. To prevent stains and moisture damage periodic sealing of stone flooring is recommended. Scratching is not a noticeable problem on natural stone flooring as stone has naturally occurring dips and patterns any rivets or scratches created over time will blend in. Scratches are not a common problem with stone floors, as they are very resistant to damage and it would take a high level of trauma to the surface to make any mark.
Stone in interior design
Aside from the practicalities of stone flooring it is also a great feature piece with great interior design feature that can be worked into most schemes. Stone flooring can be used to beautiful effect with other natural materials to create a rustic style, or with metals and contemporary materials to give an eclectic and interesting finish. Whatever your style or vision stone flooring is a great option, giving huge practical benefits as well as being aesthetically pleasing.