Natural Stone / September 3, 2018 / FifineAsselin
The CoF is the measurement of how slippery the materials are. The higher the CoF the more traction a tile has. The number is especially important in high traffic areas and places that encounter moisture such as the bathroom and the kitchen. As with everything there are noticeable benefits and drawbacks to using natural stone flooring. Most of the common benefits of using natural stone tiles is mostly in the way of aesthetics. For example since the tiles are made of natural stone using them can help give a space a more natural feel. Also since each piece of stone is created from earth they all have a different earth like pattern which when utilized correctly can create an aesthetically pleasing artwork.
The stone is considered one of the most popular that is used by homeowners and there are various options for those that are interested. When choosing natural stone tiles for your home refurbishment or renovation project it is important to consider the many different finishes effects and processes which can be applied to stone tiles. You will frequently find many natural stone tiles listed with various descriptive phrases which can easily cause confusion for someone with only a basic knowledge of the materials. Detailed below is a glossary of the main industry terms used to describe the different processes applied to stone tile products. Antique(d) - A word used to describe various ageing and distressing methods applied to give a material a weathered effect. This method can often make the material more fitting to traditional surroundings.
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.