Flooring is regarded as the quintessential part of any project. Be it residential property, a commercial property, an apartment, any building, or a monument, one thing that comes to our mind while finalizing the décor of our property is its flooring. It is believed that if the flooring is done with a certain taste and choice, it graces the project. As our first physical connection with any newly built property happens through its flooring, this part of the architecture has the potential to set the mood apart. There are many synthetic flooring materials available in the market but the actual grace of the flooring comes with Natural Stones only. Besides giving a royal touch, Natural Stone Flooring gives strength, and durability to our layouts.
WHAT DO YOU UNDERSTAND BY NATURAL STONE FLOORING?
When we provide a permanent covering to our floors and make them smooth for walking, is referred to as flooring. This is like providing carpeting to your rough surfaces and making them easy to walk on.
When this carpeting is done with the help of stones quarried naturally from the lap of nature, size, and finished to form a base product for your buildings, installed in a way that they stand on with a lasting impact is called a Natural Stone Flooring.
WHY NATURAL STONES ARE IN TREND THESE DAYS?
If we unfold the pages of history, we will find Natural Stones were on the trend for ages. To exemplify more, many monuments of historical importance, heritage elegance, and treasures of the world like Machu-Picchu in Peru, The Egyptian Pyramids of Giza (Egypt), The Qutub Minar – Delhi (India), The Taj Mahal – Agra (India), The Colosseum – Rome (Italy), Monument – Washington D.C (USA), are shining with the glace of Natural Stones till date.
These structures echo the ever-lasting qualities of stone and voice their strength and durability. So taking these considerations further, people have also focused on giving the same characteristics to their building projects. To build the architectural quality of our home, it is also important that we should also contribute toward the Green and eco-friendly environment.
Witnessing the past situations where more weightage is given to hygiene and environment-friendly surroundings, Go Green and recycle is the motto of the time. Because of the innate quality of these natural stones of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, they have garnered much interest among the architectures looking forward to building a Green Lifestyle. As listed above, there are certainly other reasons why Natural stone is the first choice for building a beautiful abode.
TYPES OF NATURAL STONE FLOORING PRODUCTS
We know that derived from the crust of the Earth, these stones are made up of various geological and chemical changes that are taking place for millions of years. Based on their various characteristics, they are categorized as sandstones, Limestone, Travertine, Quartzite, Slate, Granite, etc. which has a vast product line attached to their names.
Let us see what all comes under the Flooring Category:
Popularly known as the Driveway cubes/cobbles/pavers, are typically the cubical stones having irregular dimensions that give an uncanny appeal to your pathways making your landscaping a visual to behold. Usually made up of Basalts or Granites, these are the hard-bearing rocks that lie in between Boulders and pebbles. To give an exquisite look to your driveway besides providing longevity, the product has the endurance to withstand heavy vehicles as well. Newly built parks, malls, and roads make use of this product of modern application. Stone Universe Inc. deals in Granite cobblestones and presents an array of colors
A generic flat kind of stone that is commonly available in rectangular or square shape gives an innovative look to your surface is how flagstones are usually termed as. The popular slate material giving a visual of a jigsaw puzzle gives an interesting look to your floorings. This product can be a really good idea to lay on any sort of surface be it high or low traffic area. It is an affordable and durable rock that stays for long and has a low maintenance cost attached. SUI presents a variety of shades for these flooring options.
3. PAVER ASHLAR PATTERN
Usually referred to as Mixed-sized patterns, these are the organic stone material quarried naturally and finished in distinct sizes to give again a zigzag interlocked look to our flooring. Used in interiors or exteriors of our projects, these are the 8-sized patterns that have eight different sizes of natural stones that give an elegant finish to our walkways, kitchen floorings, pool areas, and covers specific interiors as well.
Let your creative sense work a bit here! To give a truly random and endless virtual appeal to your surfaces, this idea is unique and looks elegant when it comes to laying your floors with these pattern blocks. Their interlocking techniques provide a sturdy grip to our driveways making them step over with vehicular weights. Take a glance at the SUI collection of Paver Ashlar Patterns.
Pebbles are small round smooth stones commonly found near water. Larger than granules and smaller than Cobbles, that is how we identify pebbles as. Conventionally used as a decorative stone, pebbles have been used both indoors as well as outdoors when it comes to gracing the desolate areas of your surroundings. Beautifying the water streams, gardens, walkways, or giving grace to your indoors like using them in the Offices is something that Pebbles works for.
Formed both naturally and artificially, pebbles are sedimentary rocks that have become smooth with the test of time and water. Stone Universe deals with Granite Pebbles that are available in different colors that give a visual transformation to your landscaping.
5. STEPPING STONES
As the name suggests, these are the steppers that are used on your walkways and pathways to tread you indoors or through a garden area. This brings uniqueness to your otherwise flat and dull paths. These geometrical shapes, provide visual appeal to the surroundings.
They can be slate, basalts, limestone, they work the same way if installed properly. To give more gleam and glimmer to these thoughts Stone Universe has some of the finest shapes in the product in its array. The Heart-shaped, Texas-shaped are a few of the examples
Used in both the exterior and interior of your project, Steps are cuboidal structures, a solitary piece of solid stone material that is used as a platform and as a staircase riser. Installed as garden steps, walkways, entryways, they enhance the look of your patios. Commonly used in Sandstone, the material is anti-slippery. This item from SUI has an unparalleled elegance of its own
PROS OF NATURAL STONE FLOORING
No doubt that we have other man-made stones available in the market which can serve as a replica for these natural stone products but the real grace and old-world charm is created by these Organic stones only. Besides being aesthetically appealing, this natural stone material has many advantages attached to them.
Being a hard material Natural stones are best suitable for every kind of situation in outdoor flooring where most of the wear-tear is expected along with heavy vehicular movement.
Most Natural Stones are heat resistant and do not fade early. This means they stand the test of the times and remains cool during summers and relatively hot during winters, giving a good heat retention quality.
Because they stand the test of the times in heat and cold weather, and have low wear & tear properties, which makes us believe that they are strong enough that stay for years and years.
Being quarried stones from the lap of nature, these are unique in their own sense that no stone matches with the other even as far as patterns are concerned. They are so diversified from each other that every stone tells a unique story of its inception. This looks interesting to read when carpeted on the floors.
All through we have been discussing how beautiful they look when installed. They give grace to the property, elegance of an era gone by, and a sizzling look of the modern-world designs. Isn’t it what we are looking forward to while building a dream project?
Once we know about the cleaning techniques for these natural stones, we will realize how cost-effective they are. Installed once, stayed for years is a tag they have been using for ages.
Otherwise strong enough to hold the tough weather conditions, still whenever sometimes a wear-tear happens, they are fixed easily. These surfaces are easy to re-polish and rebuild as they are made up of pieces put together.
As comparable to wood or other material that catches bacteria, fungus, these natural stones are free from this kind of unhygienic condition. The dirt doesn’t stay in them for long. Cleaning them is an easy task as compared to other man-made stones or wooden floorings.
Relating quarried stones with high cost is a thing of the past. Since they have a low wear-tear of this stone that stays for years so there is only one time cost involved while installing the natural stones. A considerable reduction in the prices because of their common demand has gained them more popularity.
Derived from the crust of the earth, they mingle with it only as they do not have any synthetic material involved in their inception. No chemicals and free from all sorts of synthetic finishing, they are a pure material that is here to sustain in this Green Environment.
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