In today’s busy world that is full of frequent change, the only way to add value to your home and ensure that it will last is to use products and practices that are sustainable. One of these products and practices is the use of natural stone tiles for your floors or walls.
The tiling sector has introduced so many new products and has claimed that their new products will be the next big thing that will last for years to come. Whilst a handful of manufacturers have actually developed products, technology and practices to reduce their carbon footprint, the general attitude and direction of the industry have not shifted. With that said, there has been one flooring option that has stood the test of time and remains a popular choice to this day. This flooring option is natural stone , whether marble, limestone, sandstone or granite.
Why Choose Natural Stone?
There are so many reasons why you should choose natural stone tiling. One of the main reasons being that it is naturally occurring and ethically sourced. It will not damage the environment if you use it in your home. Let’s look at some of the other benefits of choosing natural stone.
If you want to have flooring that is durable and will stand the test of time, then natural stone should be on the top of your list. You will not need to think about replacing your flooring because of any wear and tear, as most stones look better with time. Of course, always consult an expert to make sure you choose the most suitable stone for your needs.
Using recycled natural stone can eliminate the energy, water, and any other resources that are needed to create new products for raw materials. This will reduce the impact on the environment from renovating or rebuilding.
The industry is changing and knows that it cannot continue working like it has been for so long. It needs to consider and reduce the whole-life carbon impact of projects. What is ‘whole-life carbon’? It includes embodied carbon (all the carbon emitted when producing materials) and operational carbon (the total carbon emitted when the building is in-use).
Using natural stone is one method to reduce carbon impact in both embodied carbon and operational carbon. There have been many research studies that compare the carbon and environmental impact of different construction material. These research studies found that the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of using natural stone tiles compared to large-format ceramics, parquet, PVC, laminates, and carpet was much lower. Natural stone outperformed the other options effortlessly.
A research study that was carried out by the German Natural Stone Association determined that large-format ceramic tiles have a 74% higher GWP than natural stone tiles, and that terrazzo had a 24% higher GWP than natural stone tiles.
There are many tiling products that you can buy which are marketed as ‘stone-effect’, but these products cannot match the sustainability that natural stone has.
Sustainable design is not going anywhere. Natural stone gives you many options when considering it for flooring or wall cladding, these options will make interior designing more creative and personalised. You should ask an experienced stone professional about what will work for you based on what you are looking for.