What Types of Stone Flooring Needs To Be Sealed And Why?
Natural stone floors need to be sealed, however, some types need more protection. Types that need to be sealed include marble, granite, limestone, travertine and terrazzo to protect them.
Natural stone floors are often made of a variety of natural stone. These include marble, granite, limestone, travertine and terrazzo. These are used due to their durability but also their exceptional presentation. The issue, however, is that they are prone to deterioration over time. This is further exacerbated if the stone surfaces are not looked after properly.
image of cracked marble floor by pareeerica
When natural stone floors begin to experience wear and tear, you will notice stains, cracks, gouges and a lack of shine. Whilst these can only be prevented with proper cleaning and maintenance, once they begin to appear the only way to resolve the situation is to restore and reseal the surface.
Resealing the surface includes removing the damaged layers of natural stone and then sealing it to prevent the stone from being able to absorb substances, crack, stain or gouge. Sealing natural stone floors is done to prevent their porous surfaces from absorbing anything that goes on them.
There are different types of sealants. Some sealants go on as a liquid and set. Others are designed to seep into the pores of the stone so that they cannot get anything else in the pores. An experienced stone restoration or sealing company will be able to advise the best type of sealant for the floors.
As noted, natural stone is porous and is prone to wear and tear if not cared for, which is one of the things that sealing them protects. Once they show signs of cracking, stains, and gouges it is time to consider resealing your stone floor.