Natural Stone / September 10, 2018 / FifineAsselin
When people are looking to make home improvements or for a complete remodel of their home they often wonder what they should consider. One option is to remodel the kitchen or the bathroom using natural stone tiles in order to give the room a completely different look. These tiles take on the appearance of stone as found in nature. For those that want to make a unique look in their home this is the way to go. More times than not the biggest concerns of having the remodel done in a home is finding a contractor that will know what they are doing especially when it comes to natural stone tiles. For those that are wondering what they can do to ensure that they do find the contractor that is going to do their remodel in adequate time as well as making sure that it is done correctly then they should take the time to find out the reputation of the contractor.
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.
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.