Stone Tile Contractor Denver
Let Us Floor U, Denver Colorado
At Let Us Floor U we want you to know all about natural stone, to understand, learn and experience this historic and versatile product so you can decide if it's the smartest flooring choice for you.
Why design with natural stone? Well, for a number of reasons. Natural stone is strong and stable to live with. It exudes a rich, organic, beautiful surface and has a confident, timeless "presence" in any room. Rub your hand across any natural stone product. Can you feel the eons of time it took to produce this natural wonder of Mother Earth?
It's a fact. The formative process for natural stone began millions of years ago, deep beneath the surface of the earth. A combination of heat and pressure created blocks of natural stone, including granite, marble, travertine, limestone, and slate. As the earth's crust began to grow and erode, it pushed minerals up from its core, forming massive rock deposits, which we refer to as "quarries".
Today, natural stone quarries are found in many countries throughout the world such as Italy, China, Spain, India, Canada, Mexico and also here in the United States. Recent advances in the stone industry's equipment technology have greatly impacted the process of extracting stone from the quarry, processing it and installing it in a home. Modern tools can accomplish this with such speed and efficiency that now natural stone is accessible to all and is beloved for its durability, personality and aesthetics. Indeed, nothing compares to the beauty of natural stone, and nothing can create pride quicker than when you walk into your home and onto a natural stone floor. And while it is typically more expensive than ceramic tile, natural stone will virtually always increase your home's resale value. That's important to know when shopping. While there are many benefits to natural stone, it may not be the right choice for you and your home.
Stone Tile Installation can and should be a very rewarding experience for both the craftsman and the home owner. It is no doubt the most unique possible end result that you can get. There plenty of tiles of ceramic and porcelain that try to mimic stone looks, but none quite muster to the natural variety that you get from actual stone tiles with all of the various finishes. You can find stone tiles that are shiny, or honed to a shine, tumbled for a more rustic look, that are honed and filled to eliminate large holes for practical flooring applications.
If you have a shower for example, it may not be practical to use stone from bottom to top. Perhaps a tile that has a stone look of your choice should be used (for easier maintenance in the future) with some stone integrated into the work. Most folks that see this will assume that all of the tiles are stone. Natural stone certainly can be used, however, the look will wain if not properly cleaned and maintained. The rules for a great result in a stone installation are very similar to ceramic tile installation. Every installation requires a specific look at structural conditions of the area to be tiled. For a stone tile to be applied to the floor for example, the joist spacing under your floors is critical in the correct preparation of the substrate to support the weight of the new floor, and assure a successful installation that will increase in value with your home.
Let Us Floor U has over two decades experience helping folks add stone tile to their homes or business, give us a call today so we can help you too.