Stone floors are beautiful, sturdy and extremely long lasting — and they can work in just about any room in the house. In fact, they are one of the only flooring materials (aside from perhaps concrete) that can be used both indoors and out with ease. If you are considering making an investment in stone floors for your home, these pros and cons can help guide your decision-making process.
Pros of Stone Flooring
Stone lasts forever. There is a reason the most ancient structures built by humans that are still standing are made of stone — it’s an incredibly strong, hardy material. If you are designing a home you hope to live in for many years to come, stone floors are a solid choice. Compared to wood floors, which will eventually require refinishing, and engineered wood floors, which may need to be replaced after a time, stone floors require very little maintenance.
Stone used indoors and out creates a seamless flow. If you crave indoor-outdoor flow, using the same stone inside the house as outdoors is a great way to connect the two spaces. Especially when the stone is paired with large windows and sliding glass doors — or even a pivoting wall, as shown here — the effect is stunning.
Stone is naturally cool in warm weather. If your climate is warm or temperate, you will appreciate stone’s natural ability to stay cool to the touch, even when outdoor temperatures climb. Padding barefoot across a bare stone threshold in summer is an utterly satisfying feeling.
Stone floors work well with radiant heat. If winters are cold where you live, radiant heat beneath stone floors is a luxurious, energy-efficient way to heat your home. Stone conducts heat well, making it a top choice for radiant heat systems.
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