Natural Stone - Tiles, Mosaics, and More!


While there are thousands of natural stone species in the world, these are the stone types we deal with the most. Visit their individual pages to learn more about each type!

Brown, Blue, and Tan Travertine Tile available in Kent, Renton, and Auburn
Philadelphia Travertine

Travertine

Finishes: rustic tumbled or chiseled edges, matte/honed, or polished 

Colors: ivory, brown, gold, red, blue, and gray

Aesthetic: travertine evokes the timeless Mediterranean flavor of a rustic Tuscan countryside or a Roman spa, but works equally well with Mexican design influences. Warm, with rich texture and a weathered quality.

Limestone tiles for your home in Renton, Auburn, Bellevue, or Redmond
Massangis Limestone

Limestone

Finishes: honed with clean, straight edges. Occasionally polished or brushed 

Colors: creamy white, gray, taupe, brown, gold, green. Warm neutrals

Aesthetic: sophisticated, rich, serene. Limestone is travertine's denser, less rustic cousin with a smoother surface and less filler, fewer pits and pores. Look for tiny fossils. Elevates both traditional and contemporary design.

Gold and Translucent Onyx Tile is beautiful for bathrooms in Seattle, Redmond, or Bellevue
Honey Onyx

Marble & Onyx

Finishes: almost always polished, occasionally honed or brushed

Colors: white, pink, red, rust, yellow, green, blue, brown, black, and beyond

Aesthetic: elegant, luxurious, classic. Timeless white marble bathrooms. Exotic marble backsplashes with dramatic veining and colors. Stunning, backlit onyx countertops that glow and amaze. Unmatched luminosity.

Blue Metallic Granite Tile Stocked in Seattle
Blue Pearl Granite

Granite

Finishes: almost always polished, occasionally matte or flamed

Colors: always a speckled blend, except for the solid Absolute Black granite. White, gold, red, blue, green, black, brown. Large mineral chunks or tiny salt & pepper flecks. Dramatic veins or even speckled texture. Mineral blends that include sparkling mica, garnet flecks, and/or iron deposits.

Blue, Brown, Gold, and Green Slate Tile perfect for floors and fireplaces in Renton, Auburn, Des Moines, and Federal Way
Rustic Gold Slate

Slate & Quartzite

Finishes: slates are mostly natural, flaky layers. Quartzite can be left rough like sandstone or honed to show off a metallic quality.

Colors: white, gold, rust, brown, green, blue, purple, silver, copper, black

Aesthetic: earthy, rustic. Ideal way to bring the outdoors in. 

 

Natural Stone and Natural Variation


Natural stone is a product of nature and no two pieces look exactly alike. The sample you received five months ago may not represent the current batch. Even two pieces of a stone from the same quarry that are cut from the same block and packaged in the same box can look completely different!

  • We never recommend making tile- or stone-related purchases based upon an image on a computer screen. 
  • Ask to see a sample of the current batch to get a better idea of what the stone currently looks like: it could be more gold, more red, have more or less veining, and generally look different than the last batch.
  • If you are worried about consistency, ask us to recommend natural stone options with relatively low variation.

If you want more control over the look and consistency of your product, consider using a stone-looking porcelain instead. Tile technology has advanced to the point that many man-made tiles are indistinguishable from real natural stone.

Frequently Asked Questions about Stone


Do I have to seal natural stone?

If a stone is porous and installed in any area where it could be exposed to spills or moisture, it needs to be sealed.

 

Exception: Non-porous stones, such as soapstone, do not need to be sealed. Granite, marble, travertine, slate, and most other stones sold in our store are porous and do require sealing.

 

Exception: If you're installing natural stone on the face of an indoor fireplace or some other dry, no-traffic area, then sealing is purely optional. Sealing won't hurt the stone at all, but it will provide an extra layer of protection just in case someone spills something on the surface.

How hard is it to seal natural stone? How often should I reseal?

Sealing stone is as easy as applying lotion to your hands. Simply wipe on so it has a chance to absorb, and then wipe off any excess.

 

A penetrating sealer can last up to 20 years, whereas a topical sealer might only last 3-5 years.

 

To learn more about selecting and applying a sealer, visit our Sealer Page.

How do I clean natural stone?

It varies depending on stone type. Visit our Cleaning & Maintaining Stone page.


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