Natural Stone / August 19, 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.
A granite counter top with slate wall tiles can make your kitchen so beautiful. Sandstone: It has an appealing outer shell and softest texture and this would be ideal for people looking for beautiful and soft looking floors. However this type needs very good maintenance and it is highly vulnerable to staining. Mosaics: Stone tiles falling under this category can give a classical and elementary look to your home. This type is highly popular for its creative design and it can provide a contrasting look if you add it for borders while the flooring is made with some other tiles. You will find different options available when you place orders for your tiles from a professional firm dealing with quality products. I bought a starter home a few months ago and ever since then have been spending my free evenings and weekends trying to renovate the place. I decided to go the DIY route so I bought a few books and manuals printed out some step-by-step instructions from the Internet and have been slowly upgrading the floors in my kitchen bathroom and entrance foyer. After careful consideration I decided to go with natural stone tiles for the job. I cant wait to see how everything turns out! I know there are plenty of cheaper options than natural stone tiles out there but I wanted to add a touch of elegance and class to my home. Plus I figured I could splurge a bit on the decorating since I saved so much money by buying the place "as is".
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.