Natural Stone / September 3, 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.
On the other hand if there is a crack it might be of cheap quality. Water absorption: A real stone irrespective of whether it is exterior or interior natural stone tiles will not take in water even to a slight extent. This is why they are used these days in wet surfaces like bathrooms swimming pools Jacuzzis and even other areas where wetness is highly possible. When an individual is looking to purchase other types of tiles for his bathroom the water absorption capacity should be checked. Resistance to weather: Some types of floor tiles are chemically and synthetically designed. But exterior natural stone tiles have the innate ability to withstand even tough weather conditions. When a homeowner opts for the one with inferior quality rain sleet snow and wind can cause serious damage to his property.
Out of all the natural stone materials Sandstone is the most absorbent; Travertine Limestone and Slate all have a medium absorbency while Granite is pretty much waterproof. It is also known that any polished materials will also absorb less water. The next factor to consider it the quality of the materials which is measured in grade. Grade can refer to the size shape and thickness of the tiles along with the condition of its surface. The most common grading systems use three levels of quality. Grade 1 is the highest quality. Everything is uniform and there are virtually no flaws. Grade 2 refers to any materials that have minor defects such as chips scratches or an irregular surface. Grade 3 materials have noticeable major flaws in size shape surface or chipping which makes them only appropriate as accent pieces or used in rustic decorative pieces. The next thing to think about is the coefficient of friction.
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.