5 reasons why natural stone tiles are the best choice for a family with kids
If you are blessed with a family home full of kids, since even one child can fill an entire house and create a different atmosphere, then most probably you are constantly thinking on how to make your home safer for them. There are many suggestions when you browse the internet which include anything from changing your kitchen sink to moving to a completely new place but we would like to give you an idea that you might not have thought of – using natural stone floors for your house. It might sound a bit strange to use stone flooring while having little kids, however if applied to the proper rooms and/or facilities it is one of the best solutions when it comes to easier cleaning, maintenance and health. Of course, if you do get stone tiles then you’ll want to make sure they’re level as to not create a tripping hazard for your family. Take a look at this Guide to installing with a leveling system to learn more. Anyway, below you will find just 5 reasons but we are sure that after using natural stone tiles at home you can add many more yourselves.
No risk of allergies
The first and most important factor when choosing the best flooring is that it poses no risk of allergies or asthma and that it contains no hazardous substances. Marble, travertine, slate, granite, limestone and many more are the creation of nature and they usually come with a finishing that requires no chemicals to be used. The only requirement is that you use stone-sealer in order to enhance their durability and make their maintenance easier.
Easy to clean and maintain
It is always recommended to get professionals to install your natural tile flooring and seal it properly hence this would mean that the follow-up cleaning and maintenance is easier. Natural stones shouldn’t be treated with acidic detergent so you can use soap and water to maintain them clean on a regular basis. Just keep in mind that the tiles will become slippery when wet so it is better to choose honed rather than polished stones for your bathroom, kitchen or entryway. Make sure to clean any juice or wine spills immediately to avoid stains. Otherwise, the natural stone flooring does not require significant scrubbing. Just mop it as often as you feel is needed – with smaller kids might be a bit more often than what we would like – and it will serve you for a life-time.
Entryways can withstand a lot of wear and tear
Natural stone tiles are not to be used in the nursery room since the floor would be quite hard for the little one especially in the early years, however there are an excellent solution for the entryway. The entrance sees a lot of traffic, dirty shoes, dripping umbrellas, etc. and therefore you need something that can take all the wear and tear. Slate or granite tiles are an excellent idea for this part of the house. The muddy footprints of the small happy feet after a play outside are easily removed with mop and hot water.
Creates environment closer to nature
The natural stone tiles are the best solution for outside designs of patios and gardens. They create a modern and sophisticated look which is closer to nature and will make your child feel part of the environment surrounding it. Grey granite or limestone tiles are highly popular for decorating patios and are also extremely durable and will withstand harsh weather conditions.
Keeps cool in hot weather
A little known feature of natural stone tiles is that they can serve as a natural cooler in warm weather. The feeling of the smooth cool surface of travertine or marble under your feet on a hot day is irreplaceable. If you live in a warmer climate your kids would love to run barefooted on the natural stone floor in your kitchen or dining room. The disadvantage here is that the stone keeps cool in colder weather too but you can solve this problem by using area rugs or carpets in winter.