take it for granite: everything you need to know about granite tile flooringNovember 10, 2017
When we talk about installing granite in the home, the first thing that comes to mind is granite slab countertops. There are many reasons to choose granite — durability, resistance to stains and moisture, ease of care, and of course its many beautiful patterns and colors. But the same reasons for choosing slab granite make granite tile an excellent choice as well, which is why it’s growing in popularity! Get to know granite tile, along with some inspired ways to use it.
All natural stone needs sealing to make it nonporous so it resists stains and water damage. However, granite is the toughest of these — it’s one of the hardest materials on Earth, and even without sealing it has a natural resistance to moisture. This makes granite tile ideal for kitchens and bathrooms, even on the floor beside the bathtub. Impala Black Granite features shades of dark gray and black, and the dramatic polished finish is easy to keep clean, even in the busiest room of the house.
Granite tile can add interest and design to a room in the same way that a rug, carpet, or hallway runner can. But unlike the rugs, granite is easy to clean, resists stains, and under normal use it will never wear out. That makes it an excellent option for families with pets and children, in hallways, entryways, mudrooms, or just about anywhere else. Bianco Catalina Granite, with its speckles of black, gray, and white creates a welcoming, comfortable look.
Can you have granite on both the floor and kitchen countertops? Of course, and there’s no reason they need to match — the colors in granite are often complementary. Bianco Romano Granite tile flooring offers a mixture of white, gray, and coffee-brown, a neutral palette that goes with just about anything. You can even continue the durable, classic look of granite kitchen tile on the wall for a matching backsplash or accent wall.
Glossy, polished granite tiles are probably the most well-known variety, but you have choices! Different finishes, such as honed, polished, brushed, or flamed create different looks. A matte granite tile finish such as honed or brushed is perfect for wet areas such as bathrooms, because it’s not as slippery. Grey Nuevo Granite features a bold, dramatic pattern beside this stylish tub, with no two tiles exactly the same.
Did we mention that granite is tough stuff? It’s also available in delicate tile patterns and colors such as Caribbean Green Granite, but there’s nothing delicate about its durability. Just seal it once a year, and you’re set. You’ll want to use granite tile on more than just the floor; its easy care and moisture resistance makes it a good fit for shower surrounds, too.
With all the great qualities of granite tile, it’s no surprise that it can increase your home’s resale value, same as a granite slab countertop in the kitchen. With proper care, granite tile can last a lifetime.