McCall’s Flooring – a Guide to Cincinnati Stone Flooring
It’s evocative and beautiful, and it took almost 300 million years to make. It’s a McCall’s Flooring stone tile floor.
No other floor can offer what a stone floor can. Designers and architects have been using natural stone for flooring in all parts of the world since the start of civilization; in museums, for monuments, in cathedrals, and in homes. And even though the use of stone in homes dates back as far as we can go, technology and design has brought the use of it right up-to-date and has seen its use re-invented and increasing in popularity, which is why it is a favorite among McCall’s Flooring customers.
Some Pre-Buying Pointers from the McCall’s Flooring Experts
While you may be able to imagine the coolness of a stone floor beneath your feet, and can picture a flamed granite in the kitchen coupled with a brushed sandstone in the dining room, it is still important that you keep a few things in mind so that there are no disappointments or surprises after McCall’s Flooring has installed your new floor.
Every stone floor is unique: That means that even if you love your sister’s stone floor, yours will not look like hers. Each piece of stone used is as individual as you are; that’s what makes it so beautiful! It’s important to keep this in mind, because when our McCall’s Flooring sales expert shows you samples of the different stone floors we have to offer you will need to keep in mind that the one you eventually have laid will not look exactly like the one you chose. Veining and colors may vary slightly meaning that you should envision the overall effect and not a look that is perfect in every way. But that’s one of the reasons people love stone flooring so much; it has personality!
Home owners also need to realize that a tile made from natural stone will not have a surface that is perfectly smooth and that pits or chips may become evident or be highlighted in certain types of light. McCall’s Flooring experts always emphasize that this is part of the natural beauty of a stone floor and does not indicate that there is anything wrong with the stone tile itself.
It is also important that when you are purchasing stone tiles you take into account the room the floor is to be laid in and what activities will be likely to take place in that room. This is because there is a variation in the hardness of natural stone, and some McCall’s Flooring stone tiles will not be suitable for certain areas of the home. In areas where there is high foot traffic, for example, stone flooring constructed of a porous stone will not be appropriate as it is too soft. If you are in any doubt, contact McCall’s Flooring on Beechmont Ave in Cincinnati OH and talk to a tile specialist who will be able to give you some advice and guide you in the right direction.
McCall’s Flooring and Stone Tile Cement
Once you have picked which stone tile you want, you will need to decide on the cement or grout you would like. Far from all grout being universal and looking the same, there are vast differences which can have a huge effect on the overall finished floor. McCall’s Flooring has a selection of grouting options for stone floors, ranging from textures or colors which either contrast, coordinate or match your stone of choice.
Sanded or non-sanded grouts are available depending on whether you have chosen a slate or tumbled stone or a tile which is more polished, and your McCall’s’ Flooring expert will be able to advise you and make recommendations as to which is more suitable for your stone tiled flooring choice. They will also be able to discuss your preferences for grout color, and they will advise you to keep in mind that the color of grout can look slightly different from one room to the next.
Sealing your Stone Tiled Floor with McCall’s Flooring Professionals
While some people prefer not to seal their stone tiled floors, McCall’s Flooring always recommends it be done as stone floors will be better stain resistant and its beauty longer lasting as it will be less porous. All stone tiling types differ, and as such sealing requirements may also differ. If you are unsure which sealant is best for your individual tiled floor a McCall’s Flooring professional will be able to discuss which sealant option your floor will require.
How much will a McCall’s Flooring Tiled Floor Cost?
Any home owner needs to know how much a home improvement is going to cost them – and having a stone tiled floor installed by McCall’s Flooring on Beechmont Avenue in Cincinnati is definitely a home improvement. The actual final cost of your new stone flooring will depend on various factors, such as:
- Does your old floor need to be removed and disposed of? This is usually the case in older properties, but newer buildings do not always have to have an old floor taken out.
- How much preparation will have to be done by your McCall’s Flooring tile fitter before the new tiled flooring can be installed?
- The cost of the actual installation of the tiled floor will depend on the size and shape of the room; larger rooms which require a lot of tile cutting will be more expensive than smaller rooms which need less cutting work. Your McCall’s Flooring sales expert will be able to give you a price for this.
- Are any specialist materials going to be required for the installation of your floor?
McCall’s Flooring – Tiled Floors Explained
Most people know what they want their finished tile floor to look like, but sometimes, explaining it can be a little difficult. The same can be said when flooring experts try to describe what is needed or what they are doing – and it can be confusing and frustrating. While the experts at McCall’s Flooring on Beechmont Ave in Cincinnati will always be happy to explain things to our customers, we understand that sometimes people like to have a little know-how before visiting our showroom. As such we have put together a brief guide, explaining a little more about what we mean when we use terms like:
Acid- Washed Finish: This tile will have a rustic appearance created by having had the shine taken off which leaves it with a pitted look.
Brushed Finish: This tile will look old or worn down; achieved by the tile having been brushed with metal or plastic brushes.
Calibrated: Where the back of the tile has been machine-honed to give wither a ribbed or smooth finish.
Cement Backer Unit (CBU): Used when a moisture barrier and extra support is needed on wooden subfloors.
Flamed Finish: This tile will have an undefined and rough finish created by a blowtorch being used on the stone to heat the surface.
Granite: This tile is the hardest of all tiles and has a grain which is extremely dense and almost impervious.
Honed Finish: This tile will have a satin, matte or flat finish created by the polishing stage ending before a high polish is achieved.
Polished Surface: The tile will have a finish which is almost mirror-like, created by the polishing heads becoming progressively finer throughout the process.
Porosity: This will indicate how absorbent of liquid the tile is; Granite is not porous, sandstone is.
Split Faced Finish: This tile will have a texture which is rough, achieved by the stone being chiseled and hand-cut.
As with any flooring queries, the experts at McCall’s Flooring on Beechmont Avenue will be happy to answer any questions you may have and to give you advice when needed so that your new floor exceeds all of your expectations in design, finish and cost.