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Natural stones all require special knowlege and special setting materials to install.  It is imperative you are familiar with the special needs of natural stones.  At Complete Floorcovering, we understand and have worked with all natural stones.  Rest assured, we can take care of you!

Natural stone tile is available in a vast range of colors, sizes  and textures.  The application possibilities of natural stone in your home are limitless!  Let your imagination run wild to create a look with timeless style and enduring beauty that will last the lifetime of your home. 

Natural stone does require a little more TLC then ceramic or porcelain but the belief that it is "high maintenance" is not true.  Cleaners for natural stone are a necessity, cleaning spills as they occur and applying a penetrating sealer once a year to most stones is usually all that is required to keep your natural stone in top condition. 

Granite is available in a fantastic range of colors and mineral patterns. Granite is an igneous rock formed deep within the earth under tremdous heat and pressure.  This makes graite extremely durarable and naturally resistant to heat and bacteria.  The durability of granite provides an ideal surface for heavily used spaces such as table tops, kitchen countertops and floors. The beauty of granite makes it the perfect asset to any decor.

Marble is an igneous rock as well. Although compared to granite, marbles are not quite as durable but structurly they are just as sound.  However, marble with heavy veining in not as structurly sound as marble with light or small veining.  Marble is available in polished and tumbled, each displaying very different looks. 
Polished marble simply says elegance and sophistication.  However, the high polished surface is more prone to scratching.  High polished marble should be installed in lighter traffic areas, on walls or on fireplaces.
If you like the veining and variation in polished marble but are looking for a more subdued look, then tumbled marble may be what you are looking for.  Tumbled marble displays the beautiful look of a weathered stone.  It is a truely unique look that cannot be mimicked by manmade tiles. The surface of a tumbled marble is not polished, and therefore, can be installed in higher traffic areas. The voids in tumbled marble are filled with grout when the floor or wall is grouted.  Due to the pourous nature of the tumbled marbles, a superior quality penetrating sealer must be applied to protect the stone's surface from staining.

Slate embodies beautiful natural color, shade variation and a unique clefting texture.  These characteristics make slate a very "earthy" stone. The rich, natural, multicolored variations of slate provide a means to add a unique and dramatically beautiful touch to your fireplace, kitchen floor, entryway - anywhere you would like to make a statement. Applying an enhancer to slate will bring out deep rich colors in your slate that otherwise would go unnoticed.  Slate tile is available in gaged (meaning the tiles are more consistant in thickness and texture) and ungaged (meaning there is a noticeable difference in thickness and texture from tile to tile).  Slate should be sealed with a high quality penetrating sealer to prevent flaking and staining.

Limestones and Travertines are created, very simplified, thru process from which deposits in riverbeds are created through carbon dioxide rich waters disolving limestone as it filters through rocks and recrystalizes small debris creating the deposits.  Travertines and limestones have been used in construction throughout history.  The great colesseum of ancient Rome is constructed largely from Travertine, which is a testament to it's strenghth and longevity.  These are naturally very porous stones and of course, need a superior quality penetrating sealer applied to the surface.  They are available both filled (when the natural voids in the stone are filled at the factory with an epoxy-like resin) and unfilled.  You must be very careful when chosing a travertine or limestone.  There are very cheap, poor quality travertines and limestone tiles on the market.  When placed on the floor, they literally cave in and crumble under the stress of foot traffic over time. Purchasing your natural stones from reputable suppliers will alleviate that problem.