How do I choose the best stone flooring?

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Stone flooring offers numerous possibilities, whether you go for a manufactured or natural product. Clearly, each material type has its drawbacks and benefits. But real stone flooring looks stunning while being strongly practical. Equally, it adds character plus value to your property. What’s more, stone floors are more cost-effective than you may have realised.

But there are countless brands, finishes, colours and thicknesses available. And that’s especially so when compared with laminate or wooden alternatives. So it’s no wonder people often ask our advice. Here’s a quick guide to some of the considerations and benefits involved:

Ease of cleaning

If you have a busy household, your flooring needs to be practical. But it should also be easy to clean and maintain. That’s particularly the case in busy (and ‘wet’) areas like the kitchen and bathroom. Luckily, natural stone options are very easy to take care of. Marble cleaning, for example, is typically pretty straightforward.


Natural stone tends to be adaptable and flexible in the way it’s matched to a property’s overall look and design.

Natural or manufactured stone?

Manufactured stones including sintered stone, ceramic and quartz, are non-porous. That means they’re not easy to crack, mark or otherwise damage. These products are highly practical for areas like the bathroom, where moisture can be an issue. And their durability and resistance to lasting staining make them excellent choices for the kitchen, too. But they’re also great in other busy areas including hallways.

Manufactured floors can, however, be sensitive to some chemicals. These include cleaning products.

Meanwhile, natural stone floor tiles, for example limestone, marble and granite, offer a luxurious look for any style of property. Granite is a highly flexible choice. Limestone gives a rustic appearance. Meanwhile, marble looks glamorous and comes in a huge variety of colours and designs.

Understand the pros and cons of each material before you make your decision. That way, you understand which would perform best for you.

Here to help

Royal Stone Care can help with the repair and maintenance of a range of natural stones, whether you need granite chip repair or limestone cleaning in London. We work with businesses and homes across London.