When we consider installing a natural stone floor in a project we must pay attention to two significant aspects:
- Everything related to aesthetics, tastes, and design requirements.
- The type of use we are going to give to the pavement.
In this post, we are going to focus on the second point because this is where we have to take into account those technical aspects for the selection of natural stone floors.
Main technical properties when evaluating possible stone floors
If the traffic (pedestrian or of any kind) is going to be very high, we should use materials with high resistance to abrasion. This is particularly important in public installations with heavy traffic. In private homes and projects with little traffic, this factor will not be important.
This factor is essential when there are high loads of weight on the ground (vehicles, cleaning or transport trolleys…). Again, for domestic use, it will be of little importance.
In applications where moisture is possible, materials with low absorption should be used to avoid long-term damage. Waterproofing the layers of the installation underneath the flooring is a crucial procedure prior to the installation of the floor. If there is the possibility of staining due to heavy useage it is also recommended to use materials with low absorption.
R&D to improve natural stone floors
Taking into account all those technical aspects for the selection of natural stone floors, the R&D department of TINO Natural Stone has worked hard to improve its properties. Our laboratories have developed specific solutions to provide high resistance to bending of stone materials with low thickness and therefore, low weight, thus allowing to combine the desired aesthetics with the required properties.