Tile is a flooring material that’s found around the world, from St. Basil’s Cathedral to your kitchen counter. Homeowners in the greater O'Fallon, Edwardsville, and Belleville area prize tile for its strength, beauty, and water resilience. Tile comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. One of the most popular types of tile for Belleville families is natural stone.
Types of Stone
Stone tiles can be rough and irregularly shaped or square and smooth. They come in a variety of materials, all with their own unique qualities:
- Marble is a stone that is found in buildings of cultural significance across the globe. This gorgeous tile is soft and elegant—perfect for formal spaces. The color and texture of marble depends on where it was quarried.
- Limestone feels natural and earthy. This sedimentary rock can be found in a variety of earth tones. It is naturally rough to the touch but you often find smooth, polished limestone in homes.
- Slate is dark and refined. Its subtle reflective properties make this an excellent choice for modern homes trying to make the most of their natural light.
- Granite isn’t just for your kitchen counter. Granite tiles make a great addition to your bathroom shower or kitchen floor. Granite is one of the most durable stones available and will last for generations.
Natural stone tiles are more porous than manufactured porcelain and ceramic tiles. That’s why it is important to seal your stone tiles to protect them from the imperfections in water. Over time, the iron and other minerals found naturally in our water supply can cause stains. This is especially important for homeowners who have well water, as it is often “harder” than water treated by the City of Belleville.
Find Your Dream Floors
At Floor Coverings International Metro East, we help homeowners in the greater O'Fallon, Edwardsville, and Belleville area find their dream flooring. Call today to schedule your free in-home consultation!
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