Natural Stone / August 26, 2018 / FifineAsselin
Using them in your home will with care mean that they last longer than your home probably will! Natural stone is of course available in many different forms such as travertine granite limestone slate sandstone and quartzite and they all differ in the way in which they will age with time and use. It is commonly thought that natural stone tiles improve with age and use because they develop unique characters and qualities. This is of course true even within the different types of stone available; since stone is a natural product no two tiles will be identically alike which will go a long way to making your tiled floor or wall very special indeed.
Since tiles come in a wide range of sizes and colours from small polished mosaic tiles to large rustic black modular tiles using them for your spaces gives you many options to create interesting and personalised finishes and features. You could for example use different coloured contrasting tiles to create striking effects on a floor or create a feature wall by arranging your tiles in a pattern to suggest movement or a particular shape. Whichever way you decide to use your natural stone tiles you can be confident in finding them a flexible and versatile solution. Before purchasing natural stone tiles bear in mind that there are a few important differences to using stone as opposed to other materials for your wall or flooring solution.
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.