THE BENEFITS OF GRANITE FLOORING
Over the last few years, the popularity in granite flooring has soared mostly due to the huge range of benefits and great designs. While not the cheapest of flooring options, granite tiles look beautiful and elegant, and are also hardwearing.
Granite floor tiles are a form of strong, durable natural stone and – when looked after properly – granite is a very practical and stylish floor covering. Not only do granite tiles offer great functionality, they can add significant value to your home.
As well as flooring, granite can be used as countertop materials, around baths and sinks and even on walls, but it is in flooring where they really excel. Some of the benefits of granite flooring include:
Granite comes in a range of different colours and patterns, meaning you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to design. Granite adds a warm tone to your home, giving an area character and sophistication.
There are four main types of finishes applied to granite flooring:
- Polished granite - When granite is polished, it produces a high shine that is best suited for low traffic areas. Polishing highlights the character of your stone and gives it a reflective look. Stone appears darker and the colours seem richer. Be aware, however, that the higher the polish, the more slippery tiles can be.
- Honed granite – Recommended for high traffic areas, honed granite has more of a matte finish and isn’t reflective like polished granite. The finish is also flatter than a full gloss polish.
- Flamed granite - For a highly textured and rough surface, a high intensity flame can be applied to the surface of the stone. Flamed granite is popular for outdoor applications.
- Brushed granite - The brushed finish makes the granite’s surface appear closed, finely structured and silky.
As a natural material, colour variations are common from tile to tile but this shouldn’t be a problem. The uniqueness of each tile simply adds to the character of your floor.
Granite is a hard stone that is virtually impossible to break. With proper care, granite flooring will last a lifetime and will remain in great condition.
Granite flooring can be stained when spills are not cleaned up right away, but the good news is that granite is easy to clean. It is recommended that granite flooring be swept and lightly mopped every few days to avoid staining.
Granite is also scratch and heat resistant.
If you have asthma or any other allergies, granite is a fantastic flooring option for your home thanks to its resistance to bacteria and allergens.
Value for money
While granite is by no means cheap to install, the value it adds to your home is instant. Any costs outlayed will come back and then some.
Resistance to water and moisture
Once properly sealed, granite is extremely resistant to water and moisture, which can damage your flooring and be harming to health. When cleaning your granite, wipe over with a clean damp cloth or mop and use warm, soapy water for tougher stains. Avoid using ammonia, bleach or any cleaning products with solvents or caustics, as this will remove the sealant.