The Pros and Cons of Stone flooring

When you’re shopping for new flooring you’ll want to know which is the best option for your project and home. Here, we’ll be sharing with you the pros and cons of stone flooring.

pros and cons of stone flooring


Everything from limestone (pictured) and travertine to granite and slate, classic stone is an unsurprisingly popular flooring choice.

The beauty of stone is in its natural, unique variations – no two pieces are completely the same.

Be aware that more irregular stones are harder to slot together neatly.

If you choose more rustic tiles that don’t have smooth edges, the grout lines will be thicker and these can get dirty.

A honed, matt surface will give you a more modern look. 

Slate has a reputation for being soft, but it’s possible to find more hard-wearing varieties. ‘Slate varies in it’s toughness,’  ‘Cumbrian slate, for instance, acts like granite.’

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High wow factor

Stone is beautiful, timeless and classy.

It’s robust

Long-lasting and easy to care for.

Works with underfloor heating

Since it’s a good heat conductor. ‘Stone catches heat and holds onto it for about an hour,’ says Andrew. 

Now we’ve shared the pros of stone flooring, let’s look at the cons too…



‘Stone is not very forgiving to your feet if you’re likely to be standing on it for long periods,’ It’s also pretty unforgiving where any dropped crockery is concerned.

It’s cold

Without underfloor heating the stone can be very cold underfoot.

Harbour dirt more easily

Where there’s irregular surfaces then dirt can harbour there more easily.

Scratch easily

‘Darker floors show the wear more, and will reveal the more well trodden paths,’ It needs a strong, rigid and level base – it can’t be laid on a floating floor. 

What are your thoughts on the pros and cons of stone flooring?

Let us know in the comments! If you have questions please also ask those in the comments and we’ll get them answered for you.

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