Your Ultimate Guide to Finding the Perfect Stone Tile


Using the right stone tile is just as important as choosing the right construction materials for your building. I realized this after spending a week of winter adventure at a local ski resort. Armed with the usual ski stuff and gears like those you’ll see at WinterBadAss, I and a group of ski fanatics trooped the resort. It would have been a stunning architectural piece had they picked the right sandstone or granite for the resort’s flooring.

Natural stone bring texture and color of nature inside our buildings. It adds warmth and quality to a space. It’s not surprising that stone tiles are sought after. But since natural stones are derived from nature, they come in the wildest variations. It’s important to do your homework when choosing the best stone tile for your building.

Here let’s take a look at the six most popular stone tile materials:

  1. Slate

The most commonly used stone tile, slate comes from a metamorphic rocks and can be easily split into thin sheets. The cost of slate depends on the density of the tile – the denser it is the better the quality and less likely to be flake and chip away.

Slate tiles are highly resilient and tend to be dark. However, these tiles require someone skilled for installation so you have to ask for an accurate costing to avoid unnecessary fees. This stone tile costs between $5 and $20 per square foot. Slate is popularly used in living areas, entryways, kitchens, and hallways.

  1. Travertine

Another common stone picked by interior decorators is travertine. They can be easily mistaken as limestone or marble.

Made of calcite sedimentary rock, travertine is closely related to limestone. It is nearly impossible to keep a shine with this stone but once the natural, matte finish has settled, it’s one of a kind. Only few materials can rival the warmth that travertine offers. This would have been the best stone material for the ski resort I’ve visited. It should look good taking pictures with while I wear full ski gears, including the best ski gloves 2017 that I recently bought.

The Trevi Fountain in Rome is a classic example of structure made of pure travertine. It’s been standing strong there for over 300 years now – that says a LOT. The only con with this material us that it has a tendency to stain and scratch.

  1. Marble

Marble has been the top pick even during the time of royalties because of its distinct colors and patterns. It is also popular for its resilience and hard finish. However, marble is prone to scratching and staining, and thus requires extra care. It tends to absorb moisture so be careful when using it outdoors. Price ranges from $5 to $50 per square foot.

  1. Granite

Perhaps the hardest natural stone that you can install in your home, granite can hold a shine better than any of the other stones. It also repels water like no other. However, granite stone has a very hard, unforgiving surface and seems cold. It is best installed in baths, hallways, kitchens and living areas.

  1. Limestone

Another calciferous stone, the limestone is a product of tectonic action and long idle years. The formation of this natural stone makes it a more resilient and better material for use as flooring. It has unique beautiful colors and patterns but has a tendency to look like wood.

  1. Sandstone

Another great flooring material, the sandstone has some wild color variations. It blends easily with other materials so it’s also very prevalent. One problem with sandstone is that it has a limited color options. The cost of sandstone ranges from $10 to $40 per square foot.