Sandstone is a durable flooring option that has an unmistakable appearance. The natural gold, tan and red hues found in sandstone are reminiscent of the beach or desert, and the overall colour of the stone is light enough for it to complement almost any décor. Whether sandstone floor tiles are the right choice for your home is dependent on a number of factors. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind when looking at sandstone tiles:
The Texture Can Vary
When choosing sandstone tiles you can opt for a honed or polished finish. Honed tiles are pretty smooth, but there is enough rough texture remaining to allow these tiles to be slip-resistant. Polished tiles are completely smooth, so they can be a slipping risk, particularly when wet. This means polished sandstone tiles aren't ideal for rooms that regularly have water present, such as the kitchen and bathroom.
It Requires Some Maintenance
Sandstone can last for decades when cared for properly, but as it's a natural material, it does require some maintenance to keep it looking as good as new. It's porous, so there's a risk that moisture penetration could cause mould or warping to develop. It can also stain and be damaged by some cleaners that are highly acidic. To prevent damage to the tiles, use a stone sealer to lock out stains and prevent surface water penetration. The sealer is easy to apply with a flat mop and generally doesn't have to be applied more than once a year. Additionally, abrasive cleaners should be avoided as they could erode the tiles over time, so opt for mild soapy water or a gentle cleaner designed for use on stone floors.
It's An Effective Heat Conductor
Sandstone can retain heat for long periods of time, so using this material for your floor tiles can help keep your home warmer for longer. Its thermal conductivity makes it the ideal flooring choice for those with underfloor heating, as the sandstone will project heat outwards.
Sandstone is a beautiful and elegant tile material that can be used in any room of your home, but you should take the room's overall use into consideration. You may want to think about whether you want every room in your home to have the same type of floor tiles or whether you want to opt for non-porous tiles for rooms prone to excessive moisture, such as the bathroom and kitchen. If you're unsure whether sandstone is the right type of floor tile for your home, discuss your needs with your local flooring specialist.