Natural Stone / September 10, 2018 / FifineAsselin.
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".
Laying your natural stone tiles is a relatively simple process involving the use of tile adhesive to fix the tiles to the surface. Some types of particularly porous tile such as travertine require back-buttering with tile adhesive before theyre laid. This is also important if your tiles have any cracks in the underside since buttering will help to seal the crack and add strength and the process is considered good practise in any situation. Take care when laying natural stone tiles as they can be quite heavy. Take care to minimise unnecessary stretching to reduce the risk of back-strain. You can use a spirit level to help check your tile is level before moving onto the next one and a gentle tap from a small mallet can help to encourage any corners that are too high. Grouting your natural stone tiles after theyve been laid is again a fairly simple process. Do use a mask when mixing your tile grout as it can be a considerably dusty process. Always mix your grout powder with clean cold water and if youre laying your tiles in a bathroom or kitchen you wish to use a tile grout that features anti-bacterial agents to reduce the growth of mould and mildew.
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.
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.