NATURAL STONE TILE & SLAB
• Scratch & chip resistant
• Stain & etch resistant
• Lasts a lifetime with proper care
Natural Stone Collections
Daltile offers an unrivaled selection of exceptional natural stone. Unearthed from quarries around the world, we select only the finest quality stone and offer it in multiple sizes, including extra-large slab, and various configurations, such as mosaics, trim and decorative tile.
While natural stone tiles bring opulence to any space, and extra-large slabs offer seamless splendor that's unsurpassed, sometimes just a touch of extra elegance is all your project needs. This is the inspiration for creating our natural stone decorative series.
Exclusive to Daltile, these natural stone mosaics and decorative tile can create head-turning feature walls and backsplashes, or simply add a stroke of grandeur to any surface.
Natural Stone FAQs
What is the strongest natural stone?
Diamonds, of course. But covering your surface with diamonds is most likely not an option. Of stone tile and extra-large slab options, quartzite and granite are the hardest stone. Ranking as an 7 on the Mohs scale, quartzite is most resistant to stains, scratches, etching, cracking, and other types of damage. Granite follows closely behind with a 7-6 ranking (6.5 average).
How is natural stone formed?
Stone is developed when one or more minerals coalesce into a solid form. There are 3 main categories of natural stone: sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous. Sedimentary stone are formed by mineral deposits on the ocean floor, or other bodies of surface water, that accumulate to create rock beds then bond together through pressure and heat. Limestone and travertine are examples of sedimentary stone. Metamorphic stone are stones that have changed (morphed) through heat, pressure and mineral deposits into another type of stone. Examples are marble, quartzite, slate, and soapstone. Igneous stone are formed by mineral liquids and gases penetrating volcanic magma before it cools and solidifies. Granite is igneous stone.
What is a natural stone countertop?
Natural stone countertops are counter surfaces covered by naturally-formed stone (not man-made material). Stone is mined from a solid rock, cut into 2 cm or 3 cm slabs, and polished. Natural stone is inherently heat, fire, scratch, and stain resistant but is somewhat porous so sealing is recommended. It should be resealed every 1 to 3 years, depending on the type of stone and amount of use. Natural stone increases property value and is considered one of the best investments for new construction or renovation. With proper care and maintenance, a natural stone countertop can last a lifetime.
What is the best natural stone for countertops?
The "best" countertop is the one that you find most appealing and fulfills your needs. For countertops likely to be subjected to heavy use, we recommend quartzite or granite, as they are the strongest natural stone. If you find marble, limestone, travertine or other natural stone more attractive, do not hesitate to select them. All are durable enough to withstand the demands put on most countertops.
What are natural stone surfaces?
Natural stone surfaces are floors, walls, and countertops covered by naturally-formed stone (not man-made material). At Daltile, we offer natural stone marble, granite, limestone, travertine, quartzite, soapstone, and slate in multiple tile sizes, extra-large slabs, trim, mosaics, and decorative tile. Natural stone surfaces infuse opulence into any design and because it increases resale value, offers exceptional return on investment for new construction, remodels, and renovations.
Is marble a natural stone?
Yes. Marble is a metamorphic stone and makes amazing countertops and stunning seamless walls and floors.
What can you use to clean natural stone?
Natural stone can be cleaned with a mild neutral cleanser, water, and a soft cloth or sponge. After removing dirty, buff dry. Avoid hard bristle brushes, cleansers with acid, and bleach as these may affect sealers or could damage the stone's surface. Many concentrated pH neutral cleaners specifically designed for stone are available. For heavy-duty cleaning or removing stains from natural stone, see our How To Care for and Maintain Natural Stone.