Granite Floor Tiles – Affordable And Environmentally Sustainable

Granite tiles are very affordable and very environmentally friendlyYou can give granite floor tiles one big tick when it comes to environmentally friendly options. Vinyls are not environmentally friendly, in fact, when burnt or discarded to decompose. Vinyls can release dioxins and other hazardous chemicals into the environment. Granite, on the other hand, is one of the most abundant rocks on earth and has been used as a building material for thousands of years – some buildings have remained in use centuries after being built. Fire will not release any toxins and, being a natural stone, doesn’t require any decomposition when discarded – in fact, it can often be reused and, at worst, crushed as rubble.

Whilst the environment is an important factor, there’s no denying granite’s many other qualities – these include natural beauty, hardness (and durability) and weather resistance including water. Granite tiles are also impervious to many household (and industrial) substances such as acids from foods (wine, orange juice and vinegar, for example). Of course, cost is a big factor with many having limited budgets. Granite tiles are not only affordable in the short term, they make a great long term investment – you’ll probably never have to replace a granite tile floor that has been installed correctly.

Granite tiles are easy to clean, require very little in the way of maintenance, and can be installed by most people as a do-it-yourself project. Granite tiles are extremely versatile and can be found in bathrooms, kitchens, general living areas and outdoors in a variety of environments. The most common use for granite tiles is as flooring, however, they can be used as wall tiles, countertops and backsplashes. They can also be used around fireplaces, on coffee tables, and even as decorative stair risers.

If there is a downside to granite tiles, it’s a positive one – there are just so many choices when it comes to color and texture. It can be difficult to find the right tile for your project so we suggest talking to one of our tile experts. Once they have a reasonable idea of your project aims, they can help you find the right granite tile, provide installation advice, and of course instructions on how to maintain them. At Éco Dépôt, our ambition is to help you achieve the best results possible for your next tiling project.