Natural Stone / September 4, 2018 / FifineAsselin
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.
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.
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.