Natural Stone / July 25, 2018 / FifineAsselin.
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.
One important consideration to take into account when choosing tiles is of course their suitability for the application you need them in. Some tiles will be better suited for indoor use and may not be suitable for use in a wetroom or swimming pool application for example. This does however highlight their extreme versatility and the wide range of applications natural stone tiles can be used for from bathrooms to living rooms conservatories swimming pools wetrooms and kitchens. Another very significant benefit of using natural stone tiles for your floor or wall is that they lend themselves by nature to providing more flexibility in terms of patterns and design.
This should not be counted as a negative side to natural stone tiles as there are ways to maintain them and we must bear in mind that any natural products requires maintenance. Once natural stone tiles are laid there are three steps that must be done to maintain the tiles which includes filling washing and sealing. This process must be repeated every two to five years depending on the quality of natural stone. The first step after laying the tiles is to fill them. All the holes must be filled with filler of the same color. Any gap between the tiles must be grouted. You need to allow one to two days for the filler and grout to be dried.
The main drawbacks involve damage that can occur when the tiles are not properly cared for. Certain natural stone as stated is quite porous so to stop that you would need to treat the stone with a sealing agent periodically to protect the surface. Different polished materials such as marble can scratch easily. Other materials are brittle and likewise can chip fairly easily as well. When it comes to shopping for natural stone flooring materials you need to do your research so you can understand the different characteristics of the materials you want to buy. Along with your research you should also find out the appropriate ways to utilize your tiles and how to maintain them so you can continue to have nice natural flooring.