Natural Stone / September 6, 2018 / FifineAsselin.
On the other hand greater protection can be obtained when the right natural stone tile is selected for the exterior installation. Generally when are engaged in the construction of our home on our own without leaving the construction work on contract to some other firms we will be particular about selection of each and every item by ourselves. This is because we need our dream home to come in a perfect appearance. This is particularly true when it comes to the selection of tiles not only for the internal settings but also the external settings. If you are planning to install natural stone tiles in your home irrespective of whether it is for internal or external installation some of the different options available in this respect are discussed below: Granite: Granite is of course one of the most wonderful and admiring interior natural stone tile. Generally this alternative is used in kitchen for construction of the cook top. But nowadays they are used for flooring in kitchen as well. Even though granite is somewhat costlier as compared to other alternatives it has the capacity to provide the necessary beauty to your interiors. Marble: Right from the classical era traditional buildings that are admired for their architectural beauty have white marble stones in their flooring.
Out of all the natural stone materials Sandstone is the most absorbent; Travertine Limestone and Slate all have a medium absorbency while Granite is pretty much waterproof. It is also known that any polished materials will also absorb less water. The next factor to consider it the quality of the materials which is measured in grade. Grade can refer to the size shape and thickness of the tiles along with the condition of its surface. The most common grading systems use three levels of quality. Grade 1 is the highest quality. Everything is uniform and there are virtually no flaws. Grade 2 refers to any materials that have minor defects such as chips scratches or an irregular surface. Grade 3 materials have noticeable major flaws in size shape surface or chipping which makes them only appropriate as accent pieces or used in rustic decorative pieces. The next thing to think about is the coefficient of friction.
There are different types of sealer such as invisible sealer color enhancer sealer deep sealer etc. Depending on your purpose you would choose the proper sealer. For example invisible sealer does not change the character or color of your tiles while still protecting it but color enhancer sealer will make your tiles darker and will bring the color out. Deep sealer is used for more porous natural stone such as limestone and sandstone. This process must be repeated every couple of years depending on the type and quality of you Stone. For example for travertine and limestone this should be done every two to three years and for granite and marble it could be done every four to five years.
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.