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Certified Floor Covering Installation CFI-Canada Training

Looks – Natural and rough to highly polished and contemporary

Formats – Sizes range from 2″x2″ to more than 24″ square

Durability – Medium to High. Some natural stones like slate can chip and others like marble can scratch

Comfort – Very Firm

Sound – Moderate to loud. Like Ceramic tile the hardness can help to amplify the noise in a room

Installation – DIY or professional. Use of proper techniques and setting materials is essential

Maintenance – Sweep and damp mop. Some stone may require other sealers or enhancers to achieve a desired look

Areas of Use – Anywhere but traditional areas include: bathrooms, foyers and kitchens

Advantages – A natural look. Every piece is different

Disadvantages – Permanent installation. Removal is quite difficult. It is not ceramic tile there is more maintenance and every piece is different

Environmental – Moderate. The material is natural but processing and transportation does have environmental impact

Cost Range – medium to high

* note – Always check with the manufacture as to recommendations on areas to be installed, and any special instructions for repair and refinishing that may be required. Adhering to manufactures cleaning and maintenance instructions should be followed, in addition to maintaining appropriate humidity levels.

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