Bottom LineStone flooring can be beautiful, durable and add to the value of your home. Installation is a job for professionals, however, adding to the already high initial cost. Stone floors also require periodic sealing to protect them from staining and moisture. Stone floors work well in kitchens and bathrooms because they are moisture resistant, but they can be slippery and quite cold unless there is underfloor heating. Marble and granite are two of the most classic stone flooring options, while slate offers a warmer, more rustic appearance. For a less expensive flooring that is often considered as elegant as stone, reviewers recommend tile (*est. $8 to $15 per sq. ft.), which is also easier for a DIY-er to install.Pros
  • Classic look
  • Adds to home's resale value
  • With sealant, it's moisture resistant
  • Durable
  • Cold and slippery underfoot
  • Expensive
  • Difficult to install
  • Can chip