Kota stone has both advantages and disadvantages. It is useful to know the characteristics of Kota sone, its usability and suitability as a flooring option. As an Architect, I have described Kota stone along with it’s features under the following headings so that you can decide whether it is suited for your requirement and your space:
WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF KOTA STONE?
- Composition: Kota is a very fine grained, siliceous calcium carbonate rock of sedimentary nature.
- Physical properties: Kota is hard, compact, tough and homogenous natural stone. It is non-slippery.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF KOTA STONE FLOORING?
- Beautiful: Polished Kota Stone looks beautiful because of it’s nice smoothness and shine.
- Natural: Like Marble or Granite, Kota is a natural stone and is bio-degradable and a green option.
- Finish: Kota stone can be finished according to requirement such as one-side honed, both-sides honed, hand cut, machine cut, polished, mirror finish and calibrated etc.
- Hygienic: Kota, being non-porous and moisture resistant, is a hygienic flooring option in humid regions.
- Cool: Kota reflects heat and is always cool and comfortable underfoot.
- Affordable: Unlike Marble or Granite, Kota stone is very affordable. In fact it is the cheapest stone among other natural stones.
- Wide range: Kota is available in beautiful colours like black, pink, grey and beige. though the rich greenish-blue and brown colours are the most popular.
WHAT ARE THE DISADVANTAGES OF KOTA STONE FLOORING?
- Flaking: The stone tends to flake over a period of time. However, periodic polishing using polishing wax can eliminate this phenomenon.
- Lustreless: Kota lacks the luster of Marble or granite.
- Small sized tiles: Unlike Marble and Granite, Kota is not available as large slabs, due to the brittleness of limestone. The maximum sizes are around 240 cm x 75 cm.
- Many joints: Unlike Marble or Granite, Kota stone flooring does not give the appearance of a seamless flooring because Kota tiles are available only in small sized tiles. Also, there is a lot of variation in colour between tiles.
WHERE IS KOTA STONE FLOORING BEST SUITED?
For information on other flooring options, go to:
- Flooring | Natural Material Options
- Flooring | Man-made Material Options
- Flooring | Resilient Material Options
In order to get a rough idea of the suitability of a particular flooring for your requirement and to make a fair comparison of the different types of flooring, refer to an Architect’s rating of the various kinds of flooring on my blog: House construction in India
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