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Nowadays, many people opt to use stone as primary flooring in their homes. They are natural, beautiful and always stylish. Its durability and style makes a great choice for every room in the house. With varying colors and types, you can find easily the perfect stone for any space. While stone flooring is very popular now, it is important to realize that there are a few limitations with certain stones. Some are stronger than other types of stones and more colors are available for any type.

Before choosing a specific type of stone, arm yourself with knowledge to find the best fit.  There are types of natural stone and it’s important to know their durability and style.

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Granite

Granite is one of the most popular flooring options and obviously one of the hardest, most scratch-resistant flooring materials as it is formed under extreme pressure. Granite can be found in endless shades and colors and is ideal for bathrooms, hallways and foyers or could even be used as an accent to other flooring options.

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Marble

Marble is known and prized for its classic elegant look and has been around since ancient times. While considered by many as the most luxurious flooring on the market, compared to other stone floorings it doesn’t hold up that much and is easily affected by scratching and chipping which is why it requires professional sealing and installation. 

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Sandstone

Sandstone is a beautiful natural floor covering that is popular for its distinctive style. It’s durability is hard as rock since it is quarried from the cores of mountains that can last for decades if properly cared for. It can also be slippery when polished especially in areas where water may be present. For this reason it is generally not used in bathrooms or kitchens.

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Travertine

Travertine is a type of limestone with beautiful variations and one of the softest floorings on the market. Travertine can be strengthened by filling small holes with a cement and polishing. Regular application of a stone sealer also helps protect travertine flooring. Limestone brings a touch of nature to your home. 

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Slate

Slate is a rustic classic type of metamorphic rock which works well outdoors as well  as indoors. It is water resistant and comes in a varying spectrum of rich and earthy tones.  It is naturally textured and provides homeowners with the classic ‘stone’ look. The rougher surfaces offer good traction for entryways, sunrooms, patios and kitchens.

Tile Sealing

Tile Sealing

There are plenty of elements that can penetrate or hold to the surface such as grout, dyes, resins, oil, water and etc. Many products on the market have been designed to beautify and protect the surfaces of stone, tile and grout, and sealer is one of them.

Sealers can be water-based or solvent-based. Take note: most water-based sealers cannot be used outside so you might want to consider that. As the name implies, it seals the surface tight against chemicals, water and other contaminants.

By applying sealer, you completely occupy the porous grout structure with a stable, hard grout sealer before the water moves in. This results in strengthening the tile and looking great. Sealing is done to create a protective barrier against spills and permanent stains. It also ensures that future tile and grout cleanings yield the best possible results.

It is important to realize that a sealer is not an impenetrable barrier – it only provides reaction time to deal with spills. Bad news is there is no really guarantees applicable to tile/sealing. Good news is sealers come with a life expectancy of up to 15 years depending on the quality of the tile, maintenance procedures and so forth.

For example, an unsealed floor can stain immediately, whereas if a floor is sealed it can resist the stains and can have a reaction time up to 4-5 hours. When it comes to finishing off your tile, a tile sealer may or may not be a good idea.

It is always a good idea to seal the tile grout, but depending what material your tile is made of, will determine whether or not you should seal it.

Some tiles will be damaged by certain tile sealer leaving them brittle, dark, or faded. So it is important which type of tile do you have and what kind of sealer does it matches.

Top Coat Sealers

This type of sealer adds a protective coating on top of the tile and grout. This is similar to how a varnish works with wood and other materials. This kind of sealer is widely used with natural stones, such as with rough materials and travertine. It can also be used on polished stones such as granite to protect the polished surface of the stone itself.

Penetrating Sealers

Penetrating sealers are absorbed into the pores of the tile and grout. It sits just below the surface of the tile and prevents spills from penetrating the tile. After its application, the carrier evaporates and leaves the solid materials within the tile and grout which fills up the pores and closes capillaries to the surface thereby reducing absorption of potentially staining materials.

Natural Oil Sealers

If you are an eco-friendly homeowner, the natural oil sealer is the best option for you. Though they offer the least amount of protection in terms of long-term coverage, it is the one of the most common used type today and has been in use for years as a natural organic sealer. Please take note that it wears off easily and needs to be reapplied to the grout once every few months compared to the once a year that most commercial sealers require.

Impregnating Sealers

These are the most expensive types of sealer on the market. It works by going deep within the grout and stone to bond with the molecules. This helps protect against all forms of stains and moisture. This specialty sealer also comes with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to give your tile extra protection.