Natural Stone / September 10, 2018 / FifineAsselin
Another reason why many are now choosing floor tiles made from natural stone materials is they are considered to be eco-friendly. Opting for natural stone tiles for your home or business from local areas or even from your home country will help reduce your carbon footprint as well as support local businesses. Not only do these types of tiles last a long time and simply look stunning but they can also add value to your property. If your home has been upgraded or renovated with high quality materials this will often be noticed by prospective buyers should you wish to sell your pretty in the future. Estate agents and potential buyers will appreciate the quality and detail of features such as flooring and will often be prepared to pay for such quality too.
First of all due to the high quality and fact that it is a natural material natural stone can be more expensive than other solutions. They also can be more difficult to fit and maintain which can also increase the cost. One factor with fitting natural stone tiles is that they can be more difficult to cut when tiling around fixtures and fittings. The best way to cut stone tiles is to use an electric wet tile cutter and preferably to do this outside or in a prepared environment due to the potential to get water and debris spray. When fitting natural stone tiles it is also important to seal the tiles after fitting as this may otherwise result in the stone becoming stained.
Laying your natural stone tiles is a relatively simple process involving the use of tile adhesive to fix the tiles to the surface. Some types of particularly porous tile such as travertine require back-buttering with tile adhesive before theyre laid. This is also important if your tiles have any cracks in the underside since buttering will help to seal the crack and add strength and the process is considered good practise in any situation. Take care when laying natural stone tiles as they can be quite heavy. Take care to minimise unnecessary stretching to reduce the risk of back-strain. You can use a spirit level to help check your tile is level before moving onto the next one and a gentle tap from a small mallet can help to encourage any corners that are too high. Grouting your natural stone tiles after theyve been laid is again a fairly simple process. Do use a mask when mixing your tile grout as it can be a considerably dusty process. Always mix your grout powder with clean cold water and if youre laying your tiles in a bathroom or kitchen you wish to use a tile grout that features anti-bacterial agents to reduce the growth of mould and mildew.