Natural Stone / June 23, 2018 / FifineAsselin.
Actually now that Im thinking about it I probably would have chosen to decorate with natural stone tiles anyway since they look so much better than linoleum wood or other types of flooring. Thats just my humble opinion of course. So once I decided to use natural stone tiles in these rooms I checked through some books and magazines for inspiration. I found lots of lovely patterns to choose from and decided to try to emulate a few of the looks I discovered on those glossy pages. The next step was to purchase the natural stone tiles themselves which took a bit more work. At first I went to the local home improvement center but they didnt have the exact tile pattern I wanted -- and their prices were a tad too high anyway. So I started browsing online and came across several websites that stocked precisely what I wanted. They were offering pretty good deals too -- even with shipping and handling charges thrown into the mix. After I took delivery of the natural stone tiles I began the real work of renovating my house. I started in the kitchen where I wanted to replace the backsplash and floor. It took me kind of a long time to get my bearings and gain some confidence in my capabilities but once I got the hang of the process I had no trouble putting each tile in place. Im not quite finished in there but hope to make significant progress next week.
They should then explain in detail what they are looking for when they do the remodel. It is best for the homeowner if they have specific ideas and plans laid out so that the contractor fully understands what they are getting themselves into. When telling the contractor of your plans be sure to tell them that you want to use natural stone tiles. This way if the contractor has some sort of hesitation about working with the material you can cross that contractor off your list for those that you are considering hiring for your remodel. Natural stone tiles usually do not make contractors want to run from a project however some contractors may just not like working with the material since it does require a few extra tools that they may or may not have on hand. Once you get all of the information from the contractors and have narrowed down the list of just who can work with the materials that you have specified.
Using the edge of a trowel generously fill in the gaps between your tiles (created by using spacers) and smooth it over the surface at a 45 degree angle to the floor. A grout profiling tool can help after youve applied the grout to smooth the fill off and remove any unwanted excess. Caring for your natural stone tiles it an important to remember and before you finish your tiling job you need to seal the tiles to prevent the stone from becoming stained. This seal needs to be applied after tiles have been cleaned and any residual dust adhesive or grout has been removed with a residual remover. After applying and removing the residual remover a seal can then be added to help prevent materials and liquids from entering the pores of the stone and leaving potential marks. This seal needs to be regularly maintained in order to keep the tiles in good condition and can even be added to through the use of enhancing products to bring out the natural grain and contrasts of the stone.
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.