The natural stone types of tiles are all hard and durable. They come in a great variety of natural colours and textures.
Bluestone comes from volcanic rock. It is dense, hard and wears very well therefore it is great for high stress locations. Despite its name, not all bluestone is smoky blue-grey but can be black, fawn and darker browns.
Granite is a beautiful strong and lustrous material great as tiles. Not only is it stain resistant. It also shows natural patterns of sparkles and streaks. Its durability suits it for driveways, paths, floors and walls.
Limestone and Travertine
Limestone including travertine tiles can be used in heavy traffic areas, cladding, retaining walls and swimming pool coping. It can be custom cut. However it does absorb water so it needs to be sealed.
With its striking patterns, marble is a very popular glossy material for tiles. It shows streaks and patterns of contrasting colour. Marble also feels silky.
Quartzite absorbs very little water and therefore is resistant to staining when used outdoors. Another benefit is the slip-resistant surface. This makes it good for driveways, decks, pools, even salt water pools. It's also a safe walkway for children, elderly or disabled people. Because of its sparkle and reflectiveness, it can lighten up any room.
Sandstone comes in a variety of banded patterns and textures. Thus it creates a warm, natural feel. Suitable for indoors or outdoors.
Slate tiles can be left in the natural shapes and colours for crazystone effects, or cut into classic tile shapes. Great for indoors or outdoors.
Other natural materials
Metal tiles are absolutely amazing. The metals can be stainless steel, copper, brass, titanium or alloys. You can find in metal tiles any pattern or shape you'd find in other types. However, they have the additional quality of the metallic shine. They colours can silver, golden, bronze, platinum, or colour tinted. Furthermore they come in a vast choice of textures and geometrical shapes. You can even get them in 'cobblestone' or crazystone! Metal tiles are long lasting, hard wearing, and you can use them indoors or outdoors.
Timber parquetry is an old favourite because of its many advantages and its beauty. It is very durable in heavy traffic rooms such as decks, entrances, halls and steps. Also if you have a commercial premises, it will handle the intense traffic of your business activities. The range of patterns in parquetry is whatever you can imagine. Additional benefit is that sections can be easily replaced if they get damaged. Furthermore once the floor shows signs of wear, you can simply have it sanded and refinished to look like new again. Parquetry has even more benefits: good for allergy sufferers, fire retardant, renewable, and a good insulator.