When you are looking into the possibilities of using stone as your flooring, you have two options – going au naturelle or artificial. Natural stone has no large advantage over artificial stone, except that for really exotic stones that you have to import from some other country, the price can be staggering whereas if the stone occurs naturally within your local area, the price is quite cheap. Natural stone can also be recycled or reused with far greater ease than artificial stone, due to its materials.
An artificial stone veneer will appear remarkably similar to natural stone, and can copy that exact look at a little more than half the cost of natural stone, regardless of where the natural stone can be found. The veneer is often a mix of pieces of the natural stone mixed with cement or rubber, depending on the recipe of the maker. One great disadvantage of artificial stone is that any damage that occurs often means replacing the whole tile – you cannot reuse it the same way you can with natural stone.
Indoor and outdoor floor deck applications made of natural and artificial stone is common – the real trick is coming up with a unique interior or exterior design that integrates the color and texture of the stone for your flooring. However, in some cases such as a pool coping, stone whether natural or artificial is not recommended – the chances of slipping on wet stone are too high. Specially-treated tiles with anti-slip formulas or etchings perform better in terms of safety.