Natural Stone / September 4, 2018 / FifineAsselin
Natural stone tiles may not be the easiest material to use and maintain for walls and flooring but they are certainly one of the most rewarding both in terms of quality and also return on investment since it is widely believed that a natural stone wall or floor will increase the value of your property. In addition to these benefits natural stone tiles also are extremely hard wearing and in most cases with some care and attention will last as long as the house does. As already mentioned there is perhaps more work involved both in fitting and maintaining natural stole tiles than there is in some alternatives such as wood flooring.
Different stones that you could choose from include travertine granite marble and slate and this means that you have a wide range of colours and patterns to choose from. Also because tiles are cut directly from the stone they will all be completely unique. Long Lasting Natural stone tiles are very long lasting and they can withstand a huge amount of foot traffic so are suitable for even the busiest areas of your home. They can resist spills knocks and drops making them incredibly durable. Even better they will keep their appearance for years and years. Easy to Maintain Generally tiles made from natural materials are very easy to keep in good condition.
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.