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Stone Flooring Buying Guide

Stone Flooring Buying Basics

Stone flooring offers a variety of choices, each with their own beautiful and unique characteristics and features. At, we have developed flooring buying guides to assist you in choosing which stone type will look and perform the best in your home. Our flooring professionals, who include certified installers and retail flooring sales managers from across the country, have contributed to these guides to help ensure that your flooring experience, from selecting and purchasing, to installation and maintenance is an uncomplicated one.

This guide will assist you with stone flooring terms, types, finishes, and things to consider which can help you choose the right floor for your living environment. Printing our checklists and worksheets before you read through our Stone Buying Guide will help you gather and organize information for your flooring project.

Using This Buying Guide
To navigate through the Buying Guide, click "next" at the bottom of each page or use the tabs at the top of the section. For your convenience, you also have the option to print the complete Stone Buying Guide as well as our helpful checklists and worksheets.

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Topics in this Guide

Stone Flooring Basics

As you begin planning your stone flooring project, certain factors should be taken into consideration.

  • About Stone
  • Your Environment
  • Room–by–Room Practicality
  • Lifestyle Factors
  • Basic Care

Questions to Ask

In this section you'll find a helpful list of questions to use for organizing and planning your flooring project. We've compiled a printable worksheet that can assist you when meeting with a flooring sales or installation professional.

Types of Stone

There are various types of stone and stone finishes available to choose from, each offering a unique look from sleek and contemporary to textured and rustic. We'll cover all the details in this section.


Stone flooring includes more than the stone itself; items such as underlayment, grout and sealer will complete your project.

  • Underlayment: Providing a level surface for stone, protecting against transferred cracks, ensuring the proper adhesion and insulating excess noise is achieved with the right underlayment.
  • Grout: As the essential accessory to fill the gaps between stone, learn about options you have for grout.
  • Sealer: Choosing the proper sealer can help your floor look and perform well for years to come.

Installation Questions

Whether you're planning to hire a professional experienced in stone flooring installation or attempt a "do it yourself" (DIY) project; this section will help you avoid common mishaps in the installation process.

  • Professional Installer vs. "Do–It–Yourself"
  • Helpful Tips
  • Installation Questions

Where to Buy

Is it best to purchase your stone from a local retailer or an online retailer? Each offer their own advantages and disadvantages and we'll show you both.


There are many factors which effect stone pricing from the country the stone is mined in to the type of finish used. We'll show you why you may pay more or less for certain stones and finishes.


This is one thing you won't want to leave home without. Print our convenient checklist to ensure you cover all details when selecting and installing your stone.

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