More Eagan area homeowners are turning to granite tile when looking for a natural, durable material for their next flooring project. This tile is easy to care for and is sure to add lasting beauty to almost any room in your home. Here, our experts at Floor Coverings International Dakota County discuss the different uses and care suggestions to keep in mind when deciding whether granite tile is right for you.
Granite is a natural igneous rock that is formed through the cooling and solidification process of magma, which makes it very dense and strong. When cut into tile, it performs much like porcelain in strength and durability. Cut granite works well in many applications, including flooring, backsplashes, and countertops. From lighter ivories to deep greys and blacks, and almost everything in between, granite comes in a great range of colors to match any design aesthetic.
Like other natural stone tile such as slate and travertine, granite works well in bathrooms and kitchens because it’s highly resistant to water. Using large format tiles will help make a small space feel larger, and a glossy finish will elevate your home’s design. If you are considering granite tile in a shower, we recommend using smaller tile on the floor or tile with a matte finish to avoid a slippery surface.
Despite its density, granite is a porous material that can absorb liquid and stain if not properly treated before use. For granite flooring, routine cleaning with a broom or dust mop is important for removing dirt and debris from the tile. If you want to use a vacuum cleaner, make sure metal or plastic wheels and attachments do not come into direct contact with the granite to avoid scratching the surface. Clean the grout as you would any other, just be sure to avoid abrasive sponges and chemicals that can wear at the tile’s finish. If you have granite tile in your shower, be aware that a darker tile will show more soap residue, and may require more frequent cleaning than lighter colors.
Our tile team has the skills and knowledge to help you find the perfect tile floors for your home in the greater Burnsville, Apple Valley, Eagan, & St. Paul area. If you are interested in learning more about granite or other natural stone tile, call Floor Coverings International Dakota County today to schedule a free, in-home consultation.
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