Did you know?
- Like snowflakes, every slab of stone is completely unique.
- The world's major stone quarries are located in Italy, China, India, Canada, and Mexico as well as the United
- Some types of stone are very sensitive to acids, even mild ones like lemon juice and vinegar.
In many ways, the jury is out on stone as green flooring. These are among the positive considerations that come into play:
- It is made from abundantly available, natural materials.
- Its lifecycle is extremely long.
- It can be reclaimed when no longer wanted, in some cases.
On the other hand, negatives can be cited as well:
- Practically speaking, stone is not a renewable resource.
- Extracting and processing stone requires large amounts of energy (which contributes to global warming).
- Extracting stone creates concern about erosion and water pollution.
- Stone's weight increases the energy required for transportation. Major quarries are located in Italy, China, India,
Canada, and Mexico as well as the United States.
If you decide on natural stone, consider using softer stone, such as slate or sandstone. These stones lie closer to the
earth's surface, which makes the process of mining them easier and less energy intensive. In contrast, marble and granite
come from deep inside the earth's crust and mining them is more expensive and more likely to produce pollution.
Another way to swing the pendulum in stone's favor is to choose local stone, which does not have to be hauled long
distances to your home.
Alternatives to Stone Flooring – Other Green Flooring Options
If extreme durability of stone appeals to you, you might also appreciate:
- Concrete. Some manufacturers replace some of
the Portland cement with fly ash to produce concrete with better marks for sustailability. It has the water resistance and
durability of stone.
- Recycled Glass Terrazzo. Made
of up to 95% recycled glass combined with either cement or epoxy, terrazzo can be a green choice. It lasts 40 years or more,
requires little maintenance, and resists the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew.
Stone Flooring Information | Help
- Questions – Learn everything about stone flooring.
- Lifecycle – Everything
you wanted to know about the lifecycle of stone flooring.
- Buying Guides – Consult our guide
before you shop for your stone floor.
- Flooring Estimator Tools – Use
our estimator tools so you can price before you go.
- Installation Guide –
DIY types will find a helping hand in our in–depth floor installation guide.
- FAQs – Find answers to some of the most common stone
floor questions here.
- Glossary – Consult our handy glossary for
definitions of common flooring terms.