The Secret to Stone Flooring: Classification Part 1

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If you have your eye on stone flooring, then you’ve made a great decision. You’ll have to catch up on some tips and tricks so that you can recognize materials and how to maintain your beautiful improvement. If you’ve been keeping up with our previous blogs in this series, you are now familiar with the various types of stone flooring you can have. The following will open your eyes to certain ratings and vocabulary words that will help you find the right product for your stone flooring project.

Absorption

This is referring to how porous a material is. The more absorbent it is, the more likely you are to suffer stains, freeze damage, and cracking.There’s quite a bit of variation with sandstone being the most porous and granite which doesn’t even need a water seal applied to it. You’ll find these terms classify absorption ratings.

Impervious:

Extreme absorption resistance. Used in high-traffic applications

Vitreous:

Standard absorption level. Used For mid to low traffic situations, indoor and outdoor.

Semi-vitreous:

Still resistant to liquid, though the more they are exposed to liquids the more maintenance they will require.

Non-vitreous:

It’s like a stone sponge. They cannot be used in any damp environment.

If a surface is polished it’s less likely to absorb fluid in comparison to a honed or cleft surface.

Slip Resistance

If a tile has a higher coefficient of friction that means it offers more traction, the higher the coefficient the more traction it offers. This will apply mostly to stone you’re going to install in areas like a kitchen or bathroom where water is regularly on the ground.

Grade

Retailers will often use a grading system for the quality scale of a material. It can refer to shape, size, the condition of the tile, and thickness.

Grade 1:

High quality, uniform

Grade 2:

Minor defects, like chips scratches or irregular surfaces.

Grade 3:

Major flaws in size, shape, and surface. Appropriate only as accent pieces.

Oxidation

If there are traces of iron in the stone, they’ll produce pretty hues of red and amber, but if placed outside they are prone to oxidizing. Your tiles will start to rust and degenerate outside if they have a high level of iron in them.

Indoor v. Outdoor

Essentially, a non-vitreous material will be stained by dirt and acid rain so they have a low outdoor rating. Those tiles with a low coefficient of friction will not be suitable for outdoor purposes because it poses a slipping hazard.

If you’re ready to pursue your dream of tile or stone flooring for your Fort Worth home be sure to contact Texas Hardwood Flooring for all of your flooring projects. We’d be excited to provide craftsmanship installation for your new flooring!

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