Homeowners in the greater Marietta, East Cobb, Powder Springs, and Smyrna areas love granite tile for its natural beauty and long-lasting durability. Granite is an elegant material that can transform the design of even the most ordinary area of your home. At Floor Coverings International West Metro Atlanta, we’re dedicated to providing our customers with the best flooring materials available, and here, our experts discuss the benefits and different uses of granite tile.
What Is Granite?
Granite is a naturally occurring igneous rock that is formed when magma cools and solidifies. It contains between 20-60% quartz by volume, which creates a truly beautiful stone with unique features. Granite comes in a wide variety of colors, including bright whites, dark blacks and greys, as well as multi-color varieties. It’s one of the hardest stones available as a flooring option, and its strength makes it suitable for many areas in your home.
Granite’s surface is naturally porous and when treated properly it’s highly resistant to moisture and mildew. When cut into tile, it makes an excellent flooring material thanks to its strength and durability. It is suitable for both residential and commercial flooring applications and can withstand years and years of heavy foot traffic. Granite is also one of the few flooring materials that can actually increase the value of your home.
While we all love slab granite countertops, cut granite tiles work exceedingly well as a flooring material in an even wider range of spaces in your home. Many homeowners love using it in bathrooms and kitchens because of its strength and resistance to water. It’s also a great choice for backsplashes where it adds visual appeal and intrigue to your design.
In bathrooms, consider installing lighter-colored granite to help brighten up the room and increase the sense of space. In and around showers, choose a smaller tile with a matte finish, and take extra care by adding mats to reduce the risk of slipping.
Things to Consider
Like other natural stone flooring options, there are a few things to keep in mind when deciding if granite is right for your home:
- Because it’s considered to be a luxury material, granite tile comes at a higher price than a lot of other flooring options.
- Its hardness makes it very difficult to cut and installation should be left to a professional.
- Granite requires regular sealing to prevent stains and damage, especially in bathrooms where contact with moisture is more common.
- The age and layout of your house may limit where you install granite, which may be too heavy for upstairs installations.
If you are interested in learning more about installing beautiful granite tile in your home, call Floor Coverings International West Metro Atlanta to schedule your free, in-home design consultation. We’ll bring our complete mobile showroom right to your home to provide you with a stress-free flooring experience!