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Types of Black Stone Tile
Posted on: Nov.15.2011
 

Natural stone tile is one of the most stunning tile materials on the market today. It’s a durable material that offers natural beauty which can’t be matched.  Natural stone tiles are composed of a few different materials like granite, marble, onyx, slate, sandstone, pebbles and river rock. Each has its own characteristics but carries an earthly appearance that is unique in itself.  

There are many uses of black stone tile ranging from wall stone, mosaics, flooring, showers, backsplashes, and more. With the durability of natural stone and the immense beauty, it can be used in many applications throughout the home.  Are you ready to install black stone tile in your home? Read through the different types below.

Granite

Granite is one of the most popular types of natural stone tiles because of its durability and resistance to staining.  Like most natural stone tiles, granite is available in many colors and even comes in several shades of black. Granite is also very popular to purchase in slabs in order to be used as countertops.  Granite slabs aren’t used in other applications besides countertops, but granite tiles can be used as flooring, walling, in showers, bathrooms, backsplashes, and even countertops.

Pebble and River Rock Mosaic

Pebble and stone tile mosaic are very similar to beach stone tile and stacked stone tile because they are already come laid out in tile size units. The stones are attached to a mesh back forming one mosaic tile.  These pebble and stone tiles offer a very pure natural setting because the stones are kept in their natural state. Usually polished, these stones will each have slightly different sizing, color variations, and hardness. You can use them in bathrooms, showers, walls, around a fireplace, backsplashes, and some flooring.

Marble

Marble is another popular natural stone tile because it is extremely beautiful. Marble does have a lot of benefits but it is also very prone to staining unless sealed. For this reason, granite is more widely used as a countertop material because they are similar in style. Even still, it is used on countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms. Because marble is a very durable material it is widely used as a flooring material and other high traffic areas. Most people think of marble as white in color but black and grey variations are available.

Slate

Slate tile is another great natural stone tile and has unique characteristics that most other styles lack. For example, it has excellent slip resistant properties and offers a natural textured surface that breaks away from the refined and polished surface of marble and granite. Slate can be used in a number of ways including flooring both indoors and outdoors, walls, backsplashes in kitchens, showers and bathrooms. Black slate tile is very common because it naturally is various shades of black and gray.

Sandstone

Sandstone is another natural tile that can be found in varies shades of black and grey. With a number of available finishes, ranging from honed, flamed, sand rubbed, bush hammered, coarse, 2 point stalk, and split, you can find one that will fit the style of your home. Due to the fact that this tile presents a brilliant sheen when wet it is commonly used around pools, showers, and fountains.

Onyx

Onyx is a natural stone material that is not as widely known as marble or granite but presents a similar appearance. It is typically polished and carries a beautiful shine that is hard to match. Used throughout history, this gem turned building material offers several variations of black, just like granite and marble.

As you begin to remodel your home you should think about incorporating black natural stone. It supports many interior decorating styles and offers immense beauty for any home. With many different types of black natural stone you are sure to find one that completes your homes appearance.