Tile and Stone Flooring –
Timeless Beauty, Endless Possibilities

The beauty and durability of tile and stone flooring is a great investment, and it creates spaces you will cherish. Your stone floor will be unique, since no two stone floors are ever the same. Two basic types of tile flooring are natural stone and ceramic. Typical natural stone floor tile sizes are available in squares of 12, 13, 16, 18, and 24 inches. There are two types of edges for natural stone floor tile: a polished bull-nosed edge that has a rounded or curved appearance, or a polished straight 90 degree edge that offers a more modern and clean look to your space. Every piece of stone is unique, and each one has special veining, coloring, and natural characteristics. Commonly used flooring stone includes:

Stone Flooring


Travertine – A crystallized, partially metamorphosed limestone, which is soft and porous. It is formed with many small cavities and holes that can be filled in with cement or resin or it can be left unfilled for a textured surface.


Slate – A stone that has a sheet-like structure and all slate has a natural "clefting" along the surface that gives the stone its unique, textured, layered look. It is composed of clay, quartz and shale, is water resistant, and comes in a variety of colors.


Marble – A crystallized limestone, this metamorphic stone can be polished. It is characteristically not as hard as granite and because of this "softness," can be easily scratched or etched by acids. It usually displays a veining pattern with luxurious swirls and patches of contrasting color.


Granite – An igneous stone that is extremely hard, dense, second only to diamond. It is made mostly of quartz and feldspar and resistant to staining, scratching, and acid etching. An ideal stone for use in kitchen flooring with hundreds of varieties available as it mined from all over the world.


Ledgerstone – A type of natural stone tile used for walls, fireplaces, and borders. Ledgerstone is made of all kinds of rectangular stripes of natural stone arranged uniformly on a mesh to form a veneer. It is also known as stacked stone.


Sandstone – A sedimentary stone that is primarily composed of loose grains of quartz sand that are rough in texture.


Limestone – It is considered a "young" marble, created by the accumulation of organic materials such as shells and coral that give it such a unique and elegant look.


Manufactured (agglomerate) stone – A manufactured stone made from natural stone chips bound together with cement, epoxy resins, or polyester.

Stone Finishes to Match Your Preference

  • A polished surface creates a glossy shine. Granite, marble and limestone are frequently polished.
  • A honed surface provides a flat, matte, or stain finish which creates a more informal and softer look. It shows fewer scratches and requires less maintenance.
  • An acid-washed finish is shiny with small etching marks (pits in the surface). The finish shows fewer scratches and has much more of a rustic appearance than a honed finish.
  • A brushed finish features a worn-down look achieved by brushing the surface of the stone, simulating natural wear over time.

Tile can also be elegant and stylish, adding more artistic elements to floors and walls. Commonly used tile flooring includes:

Tile Flooring


Ceramic – A natural product composed of clay, a number of other natural minerals and water; then processed with heat to create the solidified product. It is known for its durability, easy care, scratch resistance, water and fire resistance, and environmental friendliness. Ceramic tile doesn't retain odors, allergens, or bacteria. Glazed ceramic tile is often used for interior floors and walls, but requires higher maintenance in heavy traffic areas.


Porcelain – A ceramic tile composed primarily of finely-ground sand. It is fired at higher temperatures than regular ceramic tile, so it's denser, less porous, and wears better.


Mosaic - Mosaic tiles are small pieces of tile that are often times held together in a sheet. Mosaics can come in many different shapes and be made out of glass, metal, stone, real pebbles, porcelain and more.


Tile and Stone Craftsmanship You Can Rely On

When you call on McClincy's, you'll access the expertise of artisans and craftsmen. They're skilled at creatively using stone and tile flooring in unique and innovative ways to enhance your residential or commercial property. Working with us, your ideas and suggestions will be incorporated into a final design that will fit your space and fit within your budget. You can rely on our professionalism to show up when we say we will, be friendly, engaging, and courteous, and treat the work site with the same respect you do.

Depend on us to add value by combining stone with elements of color and vibrancy, and to use the latest materials and best practices, such as grout that offers superior stain resistance.

Visit our conveniently-located Seattle-area showroom in Renton Highlands – to see tile and stone flooring samples for yourself. From consultation to the finishing touches, you'll have the opportunity to provide input in the project, to make certain it meets your preferences. You'll love your new tile or stone flooring!

Sources: World Floor Covering Association, National Tile Contractors Association,
Marble Institute of America

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