Natural Stone / August 26, 2018 / FifineAsselin
The aesthetic look that natural stone lends to an outside entertainment area is unparalleled by any other paving material and the functional aspects cannot be met nor matched either. The beautiful natural stone pavers can even be used inside the home in bathrooms foyers and other rooms where natural stone flooring looks good. The ability to use it in and out of the home makes it a very versatile choice for flooring. When choosing to use these natural stone pavers the designer or homeowner will have a lot of choices to make because they are available in so many styles and colours. A lot of people are actually using Travertine tiles over their old concrete paved areas to modernize their pre-existing areas.
Dont worry too much about cleaning the tiles before you lay them - this will need to be done after theyve been laid and grouted anyway. Try to work out of several packs of tiles when laying to help you achieve a truly random and harmonious aesthetic. When it comes to cutting natural stone tiles the best way to do this is with an electric tile wet cutter. In addition to stone tiles being quite thick and strong they are also a natural material and will therefore by nature have veins and faults in it making it unsuitable to be cut using a manual tile cutter which would be more likely to shatter the tile as opposed to snap it. Be aware that wet cutting can be messy and create significant amounts of dust and debris; therefore try to either perform the cutting outdoors or in a safe environment.
Using them in your home will with care mean that they last longer than your home probably will! Natural stone is of course available in many different forms such as travertine granite limestone slate sandstone and quartzite and they all differ in the way in which they will age with time and use. It is commonly thought that natural stone tiles improve with age and use because they develop unique characters and qualities. This is of course true even within the different types of stone available; since stone is a natural product no two tiles will be identically alike which will go a long way to making your tiled floor or wall very special indeed.