Whether you are looking for travertine, granite, marble, slate or quartzite natural stone flooring or countertops, OAK & STONE FLOORS specializes in the product sales, design and installation of natural stone. Even if you have your eyes out for sandstone, dolomite, basalt or limestone, OAK & STONE FLOORS can manage the installation of these natural stones in your residential home, commercial office space, apartments or new construction project.
Natural ~ made by God. The natural forces of the earth interacting with the elements by way of pressure, gravity, water and gases coupled with the processes of sedimentary accumulation, compaction, sheering, layering and erosion; all bringing to bear a resultant effect upon water, lava and minerals ~ natural stone.
Travertine stones are formed over time with the years-long accumulation and layering of elements. Granite is formed by a process of heating and cooling. Rock is heated and as it cools it is reformed into stone. The heat of liquid hot magma is the altering element that heats rock to the point it can be reformed as it cools. Marble is formed when rock is transformed by the combination of extreme pressure and temperature.
Veining is the exquisite beauty of stone seen in the variations in color, usually after it is cut; making no two pieces alike and giving natural stone a unique look in its beauty and appeal. Individual tiles have their own, different veining or shading, marking and porosity.
Handcrafted Natural Stone
Outside of the natural processes that form stone, man applies his hand to alter their form and look, creating more types of natural stone. We tend to classify everything and natural stone is no different. When we alter stone’s form and appearance, natural stone flooring and natural stone wall tile is born and classified into the following types; Tile, Ledger, Mosaic, Trim, Paver and Slab.
Natural Stone’s Home And Office Vulnerabilities
When purchasing natural stone for installation in your home, office, motel or other dwelling; it is important to know how the stone of your choice can be affected by the elements in the many products we use today for cleaning and cooking as well as for beautifying ourselves and our homes with products such as hairsprays, room deodorizer sprays, etc. Be sure to have the sales professionals at OAK & STONE FLOORS inform you about any potential, natural vulnerabilities in the stone flooring you are having installed so you can be careful to care for it properly to ensure its beauty over its long lifespan.
Natural Stone Care & Tips
Calcareous Natural Stone
The vulnerable element in the composition of calcareous stones is calcium carbonate, making it a stone that is very sensitive to the cleaning solutions that contain acidic or alkaline properties.
Marble Natural Stone
Marble has a beauty all its own, making it a favorite natural stone for flooring, backsplashes, bathrooms and fireplaces. It has an elegance that would look great on countertops, but avoid using it on counters as the softness of marble stone makes it vulnerable to being scratched or damaged by acids used in cooking. If you use it in a kitchen area, do so with care to avoid exposure to these acids used in cooking.
American Olean has a white marble tile, Candora, that is available in multiple sizes, shapes and finishes. The arabesque shape is an exquisitely designed tile with tonal variations that give it a subliminal base which plays down its delicate, parlor like shape.
Candora Vestal White Bln Arabesque Marble Tile
American Olean offers the elegance of natural stone with their Candora collection. In addition to white, this collection comes in three other colors, gray, beige and brown. It comes in two finishes, polished and honed. This wall and floor tile has coordinating mosaics available in four contemporary patterns and color blends for an added touch of luxury. The Candora marble stone collection exhibits modern design with a timeless beauty that provides classical appeal in both residential and commercial installations.
The Candora collection offers many other sizes, including 3″x6″, 8″x36″, 12″x12″, 12″x24″ and 24″x24″. In addition to the arabesque shape, the Candora collection is available in the other shapes of rectangular, square, chevron, leaf and linear hexagon. Contact OAK & STONE FLOORS and we can show you the Candor Vestal White as well as the other colors, shapes and sizes.
American Olean Candora Arabesque Stone Technical Specifications
Item Code: DE13
Collection Name: Candora
Color: Vestal White Bln
Nominal Size: 11.69 X 12.00
Country Of Origin: China
Mount Method: Mesh Mount
Dolomite Natural Stone
Dolomite stone can be your go to for that elegant look on your kitchen countertop. While dolomite stone is not as durable as granite, it is harder than marble. If you want the clean look of white or very little color, dolomite stone can deliver that lighter grey or white look.
Siliceous Natural Stone
A more bullet-proof stone composition, siliceous stones contain the element of silica, a quartz type of particle; making siliceous stone very durable and relatively easy to clean. Siliceous stone can occasionally be cleaned with mild acidic cleaning solutions.
Quartzite Natural Stone
For that marble look on countertops, quartzite can be used, delivering a similar look to marble but with a durability that exceeds marble. Because it is a hard, durable stone, quartzite can also be used indoors and outdoors, on floors, backsplashes, in bathroom or for fireplaces.
Basalt Natural Stone
Basalt is a dark colored, igneous rock. It has a fine grained and extrusive quality. Be careful, you may hear basalt being referred to as granite. It is not granite, but it can be referred to as granite when it is cut into dimensional stone.
Granite Natural Stone
Very hard. Scratch and heat resistant. That is granite’s great advantage. Due to these qualities it is used in countertop and floor applications as well as on walls. Granite comes in many colors and patterns.
American Olean has several granite tile colors to choose from, but their New Venetian Gold, 12″ x 12″ granite floor, wall & countertop tile provides you those warm tones in the spectrum of golds, browns and yellows, for a southern hemisphere feel of warmth and sunshine.
New Venetian Gold 12″ x 12″ Granite Tile
American Olean says their New Venetian Gold Granite was born when the golden sunlight met the Brazilian lands. One look at this natural stone granite has us in agreement. This stone is a splendid granite with warm colors that incorporates the earth’s natural environment into your home or office design. The durability of this stone makes it suitable for both interior and exterior applications.
Think of the possibilities. The tones of Brazilian landscapes bringing the feel of warmth and sunshine into your study where, when taking a quick respite from your new, favorite book; you can sit up and stretch to relieve those muscles and joints that were immobilized while your attention was drawn into the details of the last chapter. As you get up and walk on your natural granite, you might just imagine it is Brazilian sand you are walking upon. Ah, warmth and sunshine!
American Olean New Venetian Gold Granite Stone Technical Specifications
Item Code: G215
Category: Natural Stone Granite
Color: New Venetian Gold
Actual Size: 12″ x 12″
Nominal Size: 12″ x 12″
Country Of Origin: Brazil
Mount Method: Loose
Slate Natural Stone
Slate has a stolid beauty. You may have seen it used as the stone incorporated into fireplaces. The beautiful color variations and natural clefts lend it well to the warmth of the home fire. Slate stone is very durable. Slate can be used both indoors and outdoors. It is perfect on floors, as a kitchen backsplash and in bathrooms.
Bedrosians Tile & Stone has dozens of slate tile colors available, but their Country Grey 16″ x 16″ Slate Floor Tile is, perhaps, the classic example of slate natural stone. With its grey, blue-green hues, it represents iconic slate stone.
Country Grey 16″ x 16″ Floor Slate Tile
Bedrosians offers the metamorphic slate stone, a durable flooring choice with beautiful color variations. This Bedrosians Country Grey 16×16 floor tile can take your space from bland to natural attraction. Slate stone tile’s durability, along with its flexibility, makes it an ideal option indoors and outdoors, on floors, backsplashes, bathrooms, even around fireplaces.
Bedrosians points out that natural stone products are durable when properly maintained and cared for; but their porous characteristics prompts their strong recommendations for the pre-grout sealing of the stone, the use of a non-sanded grout and the post-grout sealing of the stone to prevent staining and etching. Bedrosians recommends a quality impregnating sealer be used and they say that only pH neutral cleaners, specifically designed for stone, should be applied to stone surfaces.
Bedrosians Country Grey Slate Stone Technical Specifications
Item Code: SLTCOUGRY1616B
Series Name: Country Grey
Series Color: Country Grey
Actual Size: 16″ x 16″
Nominal Size: 16″ x 16″
Country Of Origin: Brazil
Shade Variation: V2
Natural Stone For Natural Flooring
Discover the stone that complements your home’s style. It is a timeless home décor that will enhance any living space, design and layout. With beauty and appeal that varies from slab to slab, your stone tile floors, walls and countertops will be graced with a classic nostalgia.
For eons, stone has been incorporated into the design of homes and used in the architecture of cities and settlements. Find your aesthetic look in natural stone at OAK & STONE FLOORS today with your choice from the hundreds of styles among the many brands we offer. You are sure to find what you need for your look, whether classic, elegant, functional or rustic.
Natural Stone Applications
Sandstone, Slate, Travertine, Marble, Granite and Limestone
Sandstone Natural Stone
Sandstone is limited in the selections of colors, so it is an option where interior design calls for neutral colors. Sandstone is a very durable stone tile.
Slate Natural Stone
With a renowned resiliency, slate natural stone is perfect for use in heavy use living areas such as kitchens, hallways, and entryways. The dark coloring of slate can give a room a feeling of warmth and an air of invitation.
- Slate Natural Stone Types: Tile, Ledger, Paver
- Slate Natural Stone Sizes: 3″x6″ to 24″x24″
- Slate Natural Stone Thickness: 3/8 inch to 1-1/4 inch
- Slate Natural Stone Applications: Shower Walls & Floors, Walls, Countertops and Floors
Travertine Natural Stone
Travertine is a popular choice for natural stone flooring since it feels very soft underfoot. Travertine tiles can be pitted and uneven, making them a natural fit for walls and outdoor installations. They can be smoothed, polished, for countertops and other indoor installations. Many people prefer a dull, honed finish over glossy finishes, as honed finishes will show less wear and tear over time.
- Travertine Natural Stone Types: Tile, Paver, Ledger, Slabs
- Travertine Natural Stone Finish: Filled & Honed, Polished
- Travertine Natural Stone Sizes: 12″x24″ to 18″x36″
- Travertine Natural Stone Applications: Shower Walls, Countertops and Walls
MSI (MS International) offers many travertine tile colors and styles to choose from. The MSI Silver Travertine Collection shown below comes in a honed finish in sizes 12″ x 12″ and 18″x18″. MSI Silver Travertine can be installed on floors and walls. With color tones in silvers, grays and creams, the MSI Silver Travertine tile blends cool and warm tones together such that surface areas of a floor or wall can flow in and out of cools and warms.
Silver Travertine 12″x12″ & 18″x18″ Tile
MSI encourages customers to bring inspiring style to their space with the stunning, Silver Travertine. This Turkish travertine tile adds instant sophistication and understated elegance to home and office with its beautiful blend of silvers, grays, and creams. The robust line offers several options of flooring, wall tile and decorative mosaics. The sizes and finishes are multiple and the OAK & STONE FLOORS tile sales and design experts can show you the options available in the MSI Silver Travertine Collection.
The MSI Silver Travertine features a vein cut look that delivers a breath of fresh air to traditional cross cut travertine. The possibilities that this Turkish travertine promises to deliver on can be counted upon as its blend of cool and warm tones brings a broad spectrum of natural tones to your home’s flooring or your office’s walls. The Turkish Mediterranean; it can be happening in your space!
MSI Silver Travertine Stone Technical Specifications
ID # TTSILTR1212HF (12″x12″ Honed)
ID# TTSILTR1818HF (18″x18″ Honed)
Material Type: Travertine
Primary Color(s): Gray-Light
Applications: Residential & Commercial Walls & Floors, Exterior Non-Freezing Climates
Environmental: GreenGuard Gold, NSF, USGBC/LEED
Marble Natural Stone
Marble, the elegant, timeless surface. Beautiful veining and markings give marble an irresistible appeal. Softer and more porous than granite, marble is susceptible to scratching, stains and water damage. The constitution of marble makes it naturally cool in temperature, making it ideal for heat prone areas. Marble should not be used outdoors.
- Marble Natural Stone Types: Slabs, Tile, Mosaic, Ledger, Trim
- Marble Natural Stone Finish: Honed, Polished, Brushed, Tumbled
- Marble Natural Stone Sizes: 3″x3″ to 18″x36″ or 24″x24″
- Marble Natural Stone Thickness: 3/8 inch to 1-3/8 inch
- Marble Natural Stone Applications: Showers Walls & Floors, Walls, Countertops and Floors
Granite Natural Stone
Granite, the natural pick for home and office. Granite slabs give commercial owners and homeowners a durability and strength that is called for in heavily used living and working zones. Every piece is unique due to the one-of-a-kind, natural appearance that is integral to the variety of slabs. Granite is simple to maintain and clean. Granite natural stone is stain and scratch resistant.
- Granite Natural Stone Types: Tile, Ledger
- Granite Natural Stone Finish: Polished, Honed, Tumbled
- Granite Natural Stone Sizes: 1″x12″ to 24″x24″
- Granite Natural Stone Thickness: 3/8 inch to 9/16 inch
- Granite Natural Stone Applications: Shower Walls & Floors, Walls, Countertops and Floors
Limestone Natural Stone
Limestone is usually stratified with marine fossils, giving it interesting variations in hue and undertones. With a honed, matte finish, the warm and cool tones available in limestone lends it to a wide range of home décor, themes and office designs. Beauty, coupled with functionality, makes limestone a great choice for countertops and indoor stone flooring.
- Limestone Natural Stone Types: Tile, Trim, Mosaic, Paver
- Limestone Natural Stone Sizes: 3″x3″ to 24″x24″
- Limestone Natural Stone Thickness: 3/8 inch to 1-3/8 inch
- Limestone Natural Stone Applications: Shower Walls & Floors, Walls, Countertops and Floors
The Layer Beneath Your Natural Stone
Natural stone and tile provides homeowners some options and can be installed with underlying components or systems that allow for waterproofing and floor warming. Where sound is either a concern or a facet of the area’s design, natural stone and tile can be installed with acoustic underlayment systems for sound control.
These various systems dictate the manner and order in which a concrete floor is prepped and covered with thinset, membranes, underlayments and adhesives before the final layer of natural stone is laid.
Natural stone was originally formed as a layer of the earth’s elements. When selected as a flooring or wall covering, it is given the opportunity to display its beauty as the top layer in a living space while several layers of man-made elements support it. To those graced with the opportunity to behold its beauty, this is a sweet twist of fate. Please visit our showroom at OAK & STONE FLOORS where we relish the opportunity to help you enjoy your own sweet twist of fate while strolling, in your socks, across your natural stone floor.