Cambridge Floors offers natural stone tiles in a wide variety of colours and textures. It is important to note that natural stone tiles are distinct and unique: no two pieces are exactly the same and can even be vastly different. Always sort and view several pieces of the stone that is to be installed before the installation begins.
CHARACTERISTICS OF STONE
- Variations in natural stone are to be expected and embraced. Irregular markings, lines, veins and crystallization are not cracks or imperfections, but rather a natural part of the stone’s beauty.
- May vary in thickness
- May not have a perfectly smooth surface or straight edges and corners
- Varies in hardness; select the appropriate stone for your application
- A hard, metamorphic rock converted from sandstone through heat and pressure
- Available in many colours, but when pure it is light coloured
- Tends to have a sugary or sparkly appearance and is very popular for exterior or commercial applications
- Minimal flaking is expected due to the stone’s natural cleft finish
- Features one of the most naturally slip-resistant surfaces available
- Has one of the most dramatic colour variations of all natural stone, and these intense variations may even occur within the same piece of stone
- Can appear to chip or flake in the first few months after installation—this will decrease over time as the layers even out
- Known for its distinctive cavities caused by water and gases percolating through the stone. These are typically filled with colour-matched cement, epoxy, or polymer resins.
- Regular wear and tear can cause filling materials to come loose; maintenance may include filling in holes that appear
- Available in warm, earthy colours like walnut, cream, and ivory