Nothing compares to the beauty of natural stone tiles. They are natural and beautiful without even trying and no other tile comes close to them. At Belk Tiles, we bring you an array of natural stone tiles that you can use for the flooring, backsplash or as an accent for your home decoration. This is what makes natural stone tiles so versatile. They can be used just about anywhere in your home and they will ensure you upgrade the appearance of your home without any effort.
Natural stone tiles are available in a large variety and choose the right one for your home can sometime be tricky and overwhelming. However, Belk Tile is here to help you with some practical advice so that you choose the perfect natural stone tiles by looking for the right things and asking the right questions.
Before Buying Natural Stone Tiles
Natural stone tiles usually blend with nearly any material, style and design. However, at Belk Tile, we believe that you should draw a plan on how and where you intend using the tiles. It is prudent to remember that natural stone tiles are durable and versatile, thus commanding a high price. Also, to install the tiles, the professional should have the right skills. So, if experimentation is what you are looking for, natural stone tile may not be what you are seeking.
Make sure you have a detailed plan of you intend doing with the tiles, be it using as a flooring for your patio or as a backsplash in the kitchen. If you need inspiration, you will find a lot of ideas online. This way, you will be able to come up with ideas that you may not have thought of, but fit into your budget and are appropriate for your home.
Budget is another aspect that you should take into consideration before choosing natural stone tiles. You can have a fixed budget, or flexible or semi-flexible budget. The key is to create a budget and then stick to it.
You may also want to speak to family and friends who have recently installed natural stone tiles. Ask them about their experience and why they opted for these tiles. You can even find out whether they are happy with the tiles.
Uses of Natural Stone Tiles
Stone tiles can add natural beauty to your home. They are timeless and will never appear outdated. So, you don’t have to worry about tiles going out of fashion. You save money as there is no need to redesign your home every couple of years to stay abreast of the latest home décor trends.
Natural stone tiles can be used as floor tiles to create an illusion of space. These tiles tend to open up the area, making it look more spacious, airy and welcoming. However, you can also use them as backsplashes, to create a customized wall or in the bathroom as a shower backdrop.
When it comes to natural stone tiles, you are limited by your imagination. These tiles can be used just about anywhere to uplift the mood and appearance of the space. They are ideal for indoor and outdoor usage.
Picking the Right Natural Stone Tiles
At Belk Tile, we have different types of natural stone tiles that are made from granite, travertine, slate, limestone, quartz and sandstone, among others. Most of these tiles have common features, like natural beauty, durability and long life. However, the differentiating factor are unique specifications for each type and these make one type of natural stone tiles better for a certain home renovation project compared to other types.
Here are some tips to that we, at Belk Tile, have created to help select the perfect natural stone tiles:
- Design and Style: Natural stone tiles can fit into any design and style with ease. They are versatile and that is the reason why one type of stone tiles can be used to create different décor. The tiles become unique based on their finish, other materials being used in combination with the tiles and individual features of the tiles. Typically, to create a Mediterranean ambience, use limestone and marble stone tiles while for a rustic, countryside appeal, combine the tiles with wood. On the other hand, if you want give your kitchen a farmhouse appeal, combine the natural stone tiles with wooden furniture and metallic pots and pans. Marble stone tiles are for those seeking a chic and sleek design, as these tiles have a luxurious air to them. They are glossy and give a kitchen or contemporary look and feel. For a more modern décor, use black granite tiles to create countertops.
As you can see, it all depends on the look and feel you want to capture. So, choose your natural stone tiles based on the kind of décor you want to create.
- Tile Usage: Your choice of natural stone tiles will also depend on the purpose of the tiles. While you can use these tiles to create bespoke backsplashes, they can be use in the interior or exterior of your home with relative ease. Nearly all the natural stone tiles that we have to offer can be used for internal projects, but there are some stone tiles that are made from travertine and limestone that are best suited for the interior. These tiles are porous and even after sealing, they can crack if temperature plunge to freezing point. These porous stone tiles can be used around your fireplace, and for floors, vanity, kitchen countertop, and walls. If you are looking for a more bespoke look and feel, opt for marble and granite for your bathtub and sink.
For the outdoor, you can use granite to pave your patio or outdoor kitchen. If you are looking for a more durable stone tile, go with slate. Not only is it waterproof, but slate tiles can withstand adverse weather conditions without any ill-effect. Sandstone tiles too are great for outdoor use. You can also look to create mosaics to brighten external walls or garden paths.
- Finish of the Stone Tiles: Check the finish to ensure that you are choosing the right natural stone tiles for the area. Riven and sawn finishes are best suited for the exterior while tumbled and honed tiles are ideal for areas that get heavy foot traffic. The latter are suitable for wet locations as they are non-slippery in nature. In case you want to create a romantic and inviting ambience, go with smooth and matted stone tiles.
Marble and granite have glossy surfaces and hence, they can be slippery. It is best to use them on walls. Avoid using them around your swimming pool or on the bathroom floor. You can get an antique finish by giving the tiles an epoxy treatment. It helps to improve the resistance of the stone and also adds a more visually appealing feel to the tiles.
- Size and Price: At Belk Tile, we have natural stone tiles in an array of sizes. If your home is compact, it is best to go for smaller sized tiles. They will make the room look more spacious. These tiles are ideal for backsplashes and shower walls. Larger sized tiles can be used for flooring inside or outside your home.
At Belk Tile, we are proud to inform you that our tiles are affordably priced. We never compromise quality for price and you can take advantage of our seasonal discounts. Just subscribe to our newsletters to learn about our discounts and bargains to enjoy more savings when buying natural stone tiles from us.
It is prudent to remember that you should get the natural stone tiles properly sealed after they are installed. This should be done regardless of the tiles finish and surface. It will make them more durable and long-lasting.
The Final Words
If you are looking to improve the look and feel of your home, natural stone tiles are the perfection solution. We, at Belk Tile, invite you to browse the large variety of stone tiles that we have to offer. You will be impressed with comprehensive selection. If there is something that you are looking for and cannot find it in our inventory, get in touch with us. Let us know your requirement and we will ensure we work to fulfil it.
So, what are you waiting for? Bring in rustic and earthen glamor to your home with our natural stone tiles. Remember, these tiles are easy to maintain and can last a lifetime. Just sweep and mop, and the tiles to regain their stylish look and feel. If you are using them as backsplash or on a wall, cleaning with mild detergent and lint-free cloth will suffice. Avoid using abrasive material as it could scratch or cause the tiles to chip. They are stain-resistant and hence, perfect as a backsplash in the kitchen.
Connect with Belk Tile today and let us know what you need. We will make sure you get the perfect natural stone tiles for your home, so that you don’t have to go anywhere else.