Nature Stone is a brand of stone and epoxy flooring and a nice-looking choice for your floors. However, it is important to know how much it is going to cost to install.
Nature Stone costs about $9-14 per square foot if you are installing 400 square feet of stone or more. The price will depend on a few factors, such as the space it is being installed in, the condition of your existing concrete, and the kind of Nature Stone flooring you choose.
There are a lot of important things to know about nature stone before you have it installed.
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How Much Does It Cost?
The space in which you want the stone installed is an important factor in pricing. This means more than size, such as if it is indoors or outdoors, patio or garage or basement. How accessible the area is in which the flooring is being installed is also important. You will likely be charged more if the workers need to carry equipment up and down narrow stairs than if they can immediately unload it from their truck. Essentially, the more difficult it will be for them to install the flooring, the more you will have to pay.
Nature Stone is installed on top of existing concrete, which needs to be prepared first. The more work they need to put in to prepare the concrete–removing paints or carpet, dealing with cracks and damage, or treatment of expansion joints–the more it is going to cost. Concrete with a lot of damage will also require more material to even out, which will also increase the cost. Sometimes, the concrete is so damaged that flooring cannot be installed on top of it, which means you will have to pay another company to replace the concrete.
There are also different types of Nature Stone to choose from. There are options for color and stone size, some of which are more expensive than others. Certain types of Nature Stone will be better outside or inside, in different lighting, or with different sized areas. (Source)
The company does not have any pricing estimates on its website but offers free cost estimates. They will come and inspect the space and concrete where you want your flooring and tell you how much it will probably cost.
What is Nature Stone?
Nature Stone is a brand of stone and epoxy flooring. It is made by mixing small stones and epoxy–a type of adhesive that is often used in construction with wood, metal, plastic, etc. It can be used on top of cracked or uneven concrete to make a smoother and nicer-looking floor. A glossy finish is then coated on top of it to give it a shiny finish.
It is important to note that Nature Stone is a particular brand of stone and epoxy flooring. There are other companies that will install a similar type of flooring and there are instructional videos for DIY installation. Nature Stone uses a particular formula for their stone and epoxy mix and claim to use higher quality materials. I suggest you do some research into the costs of other companies and types of flooring based on your area and your situation so that you can make an accurate and cost-effective decision about whether to go with Nature Stone flooring.
Where is Nature Stone Installed?
Nature Stone can be installed outdoors or indoors. It is typically used as the floor of garages, patios, or basements, though it can be used in other situations as well. Installation takes one day (for less than 400 square feet), and the company has flexible scheduling accommodations.
How Long Does Nature Stone Last?
Nature Stone is said to last and look good for about 15 years. The company has a 10-year unconditional warranty if your floor cracks, delaminates, or loses its glossy look. They will provide free labor and materials to repair your flooring within that time frame. However, outdoor installations only have a 1-year labor and material warranty, presumably because of the extra strain put on outdoor surfaces.
Nature Stone needs to be frequently cleaned to maintain it. However, it is easy to clean. For loose dust and debris, the company recommends that you use a vacuum for everyday cleaning. For cleaning spills and grime as well as cleaning outdoor floors, they suggest that you purchase their Nature Stone-specific cleaning products.
What are the Benefits of Nature Stone?
According to the Nature Stone website, Nature Stone does not crack or chip because of shrinkage as concrete does. It also covers up concrete, which can be discolored over time and would otherwise need to be replaced. It is also mold and mildew resistant by allowing water to evaporate.
Also according to the website, no other competing companies or flooring types can match the low maintenance, easy cleaning, ability to withstand heavy foot and vehicle traffic, the correction of uneven and cracked concrete or the warranty. I recommend that you do some research into types of flooring and companies before determining whether these claims are valid.
What are the Problems with Nature Stone?
There have been some complaints about Nature Stone. An Ohio company says that installation and preparation increase the price. They also say that the texture of Nature Stone flooring means difficulty cleaning because, since the texture is so porous, grime gets between the stones and is hard to clean out, and liquid is even harder to get to. They also claim that, because liquid flows through the stones and pools beneath it, the flooring causes mold and mildew rather than solving the problem.
There are also numerous Yelp reviews with complaints about poor customer service, such as installers not arriving on time, disrespectful employees, and misleading pricing claims. There were also complaints about chipping, discoloration happening very soon after installation, and difficulty cleaning the flooring.
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