Here in the East Bay, one of the most elegant and versatile flooring trends is natural stone tile. With the variety available and the variation that comes within each particular type of stone, this style always makes a unique statement. You may be familiar with granite and marble, but Floor Coverings International East Bay is here to introduce you to the less commonly used stones.


Slate Tile East Bay FlooringSlate

Slate is compared to granite for its resistance to any scratching, chipping, and cracking. It is very dense underfoot and you should avoid installing it in rooms where you spend a lot of time on your feet, such as the kitchen. The natural stones have been found in countless shades as well as multicolored variations with unique veining. You can match slate tiles to practically any decorative style, however the stone is not known for uniformity. We suggest laying out the tiles before choosing your decorative elements. Slate is cold to the touch, but transmits heat well and is a great material for a radiant heat system.


Travertine Tile East Bay FlooringTravertine

Most famously used for the Roman Colosseum, travertine tile is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. It has a distinctly weathered aesthetic with colors ranging from ivory to rusty red and copious holes and fissures. For countertops or indoor floors, we recommend filling the stone for a smoother finish and increased resistance to scratches, stains, and moisture. However, to increase the amount of traction underfoot, it is best to maintain its natural texture. Outdoors, it can withstand extreme temperature change and water absorption from rain will not damage the stone.


Quartzite Tile East Bay FlooringQuartzite

Quartzite is one of the most elegant natural stones, but this stunning material is often forgotten about when it comes to flooring. Quartzite is a metamorphic rock that is transformed from sandstone into the brilliant natural stone found in quarries. The long process results in slabs of quartzite with beautiful striations and unique patterns from quartz crystals. Colors range from neutral white, black and brown, to bolder greens and blues. The crystalline structure creates a shimmer that will brighten any room. Furthermore, quartzite is harder than granite and will last in your home for decades to come.


Each natural stone is beautiful and has its own set of benefits and drawbacks. Remember to research the qualities of whichever you choose and be prepared with the right products to maintain it. Finally, each stone should be properly sealed to protect against damage. If you are interested in learning more about these natural stones, give us a call! Your local flooring team at Floor Coverings International East Bay proudly serves the East Bay, Pleasanton, San Ramon areas.



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