Natural Stone / September 4, 2018 / FifineAsselin
Maintenance time also depends on the traffic - for example in high traffic areas such as a food court in a big shopping center you will need more maintenance than a low traffic area such as a guest bathroom in your house. Natural stone tiles bring beauty and peace to your home so it is worth spending a little bit of extra money to maintain them. Natural stone tiles are flooring materials that are created from mountain born materials such as Slate Marble Limestone "Travertine" Granite and Sandstone. They each have different characteristics and styles that are used for different each individual projects. When shopping and choosing what natural stone tiles you wish to use it is important The first factor to consider is the absorption rate.
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.
First of all due to the high quality and fact that it is a natural material natural stone can be more expensive than other solutions. They also can be more difficult to fit and maintain which can also increase the cost. One factor with fitting natural stone tiles is that they can be more difficult to cut when tiling around fixtures and fittings. The best way to cut stone tiles is to use an electric wet tile cutter and preferably to do this outside or in a prepared environment due to the potential to get water and debris spray. When fitting natural stone tiles it is also important to seal the tiles after fitting as this may otherwise result in the stone becoming stained.