Natural Stone / September 4, 2018 / FifineAsselin.
One reason for this is because stone is a very strong material that is more difficult to cut than a wood board or even a ceramic tile which would be scored and snapped. In addition to this you may need to prepare the surface of the sub-floor upon which your tiles will be laid if it is uneven or cracked. This can be done in most cases with a good quality self-leveling compound available from all respectable tile and flooring specialists. When preparing natural stone tiles for laying be sure to spend time inspecting them both for chips and surface scratches. Typically natural stone tiles will arrive with a light wax coating to protect them from potential damage in transit.
Whenever you have a plan of placing a grout in your natural stone tile you should allow 1-2 days from when you applied the adhesive before beginning to grout. Always make sure that you clean the grout joints thoroughly and have taped off the areas which are not included in grouting in order to avoid grout from spilling over the tile. Mix the grout according to manufacturers specifications. It should have a fine consistency in order to have a fine and lump-free finished product. After you have done pouring all the natural stone tile joints with grout clean the surface of the tile with damp cloth after 10 minutes but be sure not to wipe out the grout from any of the tile joints.
The absorption rate is how porous a material is. The more absorbent a material is the more likely it is to stain as well as how much cracking damage it suffers during freezing conditions. There are four different levels of absorption when it comes to natural tiles. Non-vitreous is the highest absorption and should not be used in any environment that can become damp. Semi-vitreous are less absorbent but will require more maintenance the more liquid is exposed to them. Vitreous is the standard level of absorption and is considered most appropriate to be placed in areas with low to mid indoor or outdoor traffic. Impervious is the most resistant when it comes to the absorptions of liquids and are the easiest to maintain and clean.
There are different types of sealer such as invisible sealer color enhancer sealer deep sealer etc. Depending on your purpose you would choose the proper sealer. For example invisible sealer does not change the character or color of your tiles while still protecting it but color enhancer sealer will make your tiles darker and will bring the color out. Deep sealer is used for more porous natural stone such as limestone and sandstone. This process must be repeated every couple of years depending on the type and quality of you Stone. For example for travertine and limestone this should be done every two to three years and for granite and marble it could be done every four to five years.