Natural Stone / August 19, 2018 / FifineAsselin
The main drawbacks involve damage that can occur when the tiles are not properly cared for. Certain natural stone as stated is quite porous so to stop that you would need to treat the stone with a sealing agent periodically to protect the surface. Different polished materials such as marble can scratch easily. Other materials are brittle and likewise can chip fairly easily as well. When it comes to shopping for natural stone flooring materials you need to do your research so you can understand the different characteristics of the materials you want to buy. Along with your research you should also find out the appropriate ways to utilize your tiles and how to maintain them so you can continue to have nice natural flooring.
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.