Natural Stone / September 6, 2018 / FifineAsselin
Since tiles come in a wide range of sizes and colours from small polished mosaic tiles to large rustic black modular tiles using them for your spaces gives you many options to create interesting and personalised finishes and features. You could for example use different coloured contrasting tiles to create striking effects on a floor or create a feature wall by arranging your tiles in a pattern to suggest movement or a particular shape. Whichever way you decide to use your natural stone tiles you can be confident in finding them a flexible and versatile solution. Before purchasing natural stone tiles bear in mind that there are a few important differences to using stone as opposed to other materials for your wall or flooring solution.
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.
Whenever you have a plan of placing a grout in your natural stone tile you should allow 1-2 days from when you applied the adhesive before beginning to grout. Always make sure that you clean the grout joints thoroughly and have taped off the areas which are not included in grouting in order to avoid grout from spilling over the tile. Mix the grout according to manufacturers specifications. It should have a fine consistency in order to have a fine and lump-free finished product. After you have done pouring all the natural stone tile joints with grout clean the surface of the tile with damp cloth after 10 minutes but be sure not to wipe out the grout from any of the tile joints.