Natural stone has been recognized as best tile material and demanded by people from many centuries. Earlier the use of natural stone tile was more prominent than other tile materials. It is not a new idea. From the historical age this kind of tile is being popular for all. There is no difference in qualities the natural stone tiles have than before. The only difference is the varieties that are available in the market which is giving many choices in terms of types, sizes, colors and finishes. Various types of stone tiles are commercially produced now and largely available in any tile store.
Designer tiles made of natural stone are acceptable for flooring, wall designing and for many other purposes all over the world as they are durable and suitable for any condition. They give an aesthetic value to the house or building where they are installed. The natural stone comes from three basic types of rocks: sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. Travertine and limestone are examples of sedimentary stone, granite is an example of igneous stone, and slate and marble are examples of metamorphic stone.
Granite, marble, travertine and Limestone are very typical examples of natural stone tiles.
One of the most beautiful and durable tiles is the granite tile. Commonly perceived as the designer tile, it is used in home décor and commercial buildings. It is used in table tops, flooring, retaining walls and landscaping around a center fountains or ponds. This is an important structural and ornamental stone. It has high compressive strength and durability and is therefore used in most structural projects. One of most popular application areas of granite tiles are countertops. Because compared to other tiles granites are the most durable countertops available today. Granite also has been a popular material for kitchen and domestic flooring. This is because it is the hardest of all the natural stones. They are also resistant to acids and alkalis unlike marble and limestone.
A variety of elegant patterns and colors are found among granite tiles and are used in custom tile settings.
They are composed of quartz, feldspars and micas and various other minerals. The minerals offer good color and texture to the granites. Granite tiles are available in polished and matte finishes. The white granite tile designs are a little more expensive than some other materials as they have more longevity and more beautiful.