Granite Flooring: All You Need to Know
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The flooring should be considered very carefully right from the time you start thinking your home i.e., designs. Although it reflects your individual interests and lifestyle and local availability, you should look into the functionality aspect as well. Natural stone flooring is durable, beautiful, luxurious, and certain to add value to your home. One of the best and most popular natural stone flooring materials is of course granite. Granite is still an exceptionally durable and attractive flooring option.
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Granite flooring is beautiful, with unique grain movement and colours that add a natural beauty and elegance to a room. It is most suitable for kitchen area flooring and in high traffic areas. It is also used in an outdoor area like pathways.
Granite is available in a wide range of colours, styles and patterns such as rich browns, vibrant golds, warm creams and cooler blues, greens, grays and decadent black, to suit any purpose and to the delight of architects and interior designers.
Granite flooring is very hard, durable and virtually indestructible. It has very low porosity and hence stains resistant. Also, it resists heat and scratches. This flooring is bacteria resistant makes it a good choice for people who are prone to allergies. Being smooth, it is easy to clean, maintenance free and does not require painting periodically.
The disadvantages of granite flooring are heavy in weight, need of skilled person for installation, making it uncomfortable to stand for a long period for people with the problem of knees i.e. arthritis as well as for those with aches and pains in the back and lower limbs. As the granite is cold, it is not a good option for cold climate. Highly polished granite could be slippery. The sharp edges of unpolished granite may also harmful, particularly to children.
Some popular size of granite tiles are 305mm x 305mm x 10mm, 610mm x 305mm x 10 mm, 400mm x 400mm x 10 mm, etc. The other thickness of granite tiles are 12mm, 18mm, 20mm, 25mm, 30mm, 40mm also available in the market.
The cost of granite flooring depends upon which type granite you buy. It approximately ranges from Rs. 120/sqft to Rs. 250/sqft. You will have to pay separately for installation. If you want to reduce the seams and grout lines, you should go in for tiles of a larger size.