Choosing natural stone flooring while building or remodelling your kitchen can be a daunting task. There are several factors to consider while making your decision. However, it’s only the appearance that is given importance to, neglecting other crucial aspects. In this article, we would highlight all the factors that you should contemplate while choosing natural stone kitchen floors.
The longevity of kitchen floors depends on the resilience of the stones. Dense stones are less prone to damage or breakage and hence the low cost of maintenance. Additionally, the stone needs to be resistant to moisture and heat. If your kitchen floor has strong foot traffic or heavy items are frequently moved around, we would suggest a Slatestone floor. The fade-proof stone stands moisture, heat, scratches, and physical wearing with ease, without you having to worry about its maintenance.
Scrubbing, cleaning, repairing, or high maintenance are the last things you want to do to your kitchen floor. The choice of stone influences the frequency and cost of maintaining the floor. For instance, you can consider Classic Travertine in Honed and Filled Finish for its amazing benefits. It doesn’t only look beautiful but is also durable and easy to replace when damaged. Similarly, Sandstone, Marble, and Limestone can be considered for kitchen floors since they easily withstand physical wearing. However, every natural stone needs periodic sealing to protect its shine and reduce its porosity.
Dark-coloured stones are less likely to show stains, dust, or scratches, and add a bold character to the kitchen space. However, dark hues tend to restrict the space visually and make them look smaller. If you still feel the urge to include dark-coloured stones in your flooring space, place them in borders or patches in combination with lighter shades or use patterned stones. Light-coloured ones like Himalayan Sandstone reflect natural light, making small kitchens appear larger and brighter. Therefore, choose tints that complement your house and lifestyle.
Sadly, the factor of comfort often is neglected. Those who spend more time in the kitchen, prepping, cooking, or recording culinary videos, are likely to be standing. It is, therefore, crucial to choose a stone that is comfortable under feet. We strongly recommend stones with a smooth, honed finish. For example, Sandstone and Travertine feel soft and comfortable to walk on. Stones in exfoliated or unfilled finish do not work for kitchen floors as their coarse texture may cause abrasion or injuries.
Once all factors are taken into consideration, your decision boils down to budget. Soft, elegant-looking stones are generally priced high. Don’t forget to add sealing and maintenance costs. Make sure you add to your budget the cost of installation and transporting stones to your place. The most advisable thing to do is ask for samples from the stone supplier. This would avoid any sort of wastage or cost of returning the products.
Ultimately you would choose stone for kitchen flooring according to the usage, colour, strength, and above factors in mind. If you wish to see free samples, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] or chat with our sales team on 1300 830 274.
*Disclaimer: All information and advice given above in the blog are to the best of our knowledge. Please reconfirm at your end before execution.