Decatur area homeowners love granite tile for its elegance and durability. Granite is a variety of igneous rock that is created during the cooling and solidification process of magma. It is available in a wide range of colors and its strength and density make it a suitable choice for many areas in your home. Below we explore the different uses of granite tile and some considerations when deciding if it’s right for you.
Granite is a popular material for kitchens and bathrooms because it is well suited for areas exposed to high foot traffic and moisture. In kitchens, it is often used for countertop applications as either a solid slab or individual tiles. Cut granite is often less expensive to install than slab granite, giving homeowners the beautiful aesthetic of natural stone at a more budget-friendly cost. Granite tile is also a beautiful choice for backsplashes and accents.
In bathrooms, granite tile can be used to create an elegant floor or beautiful walk-in shower. When wet, granite’s surface can become quite slippery, so it’s important to use floor mats outside of bathtubs and showers. For the same reason, we recommend installing smaller tiles or a matte finish if using granite tile as a shower floor.
Like any other flooring material, there are special things to consider when it comes to installing granite tile:
- Granite is a more expensive material than other tile options, such as ceramic. It can be difficult to install which also leads to higher costs
- Because it is a naturally porous material, it’s important to properly seal granite to prevent damage from prolonged moisture and wear
- It’s important to avoid abrasive cleaners to protect granite from unnecessary wear or damage
- Slippery when wet, granite might require extra precautions when installed in and around showers and bathtubs
Call Your Flooring Experts
If you think granite tile might be a suitable choice for your home, give Floor Coverings International Brookhaven a call today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation. We’ll bring samples of our flooring options right to you to help you find the perfect material for your needs!
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