Natural Stone / August 26, 2018 / FifineAsselin.
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.
A granite counter top with slate wall tiles can make your kitchen so beautiful. Sandstone: It has an appealing outer shell and softest texture and this would be ideal for people looking for beautiful and soft looking floors. However this type needs very good maintenance and it is highly vulnerable to staining. Mosaics: Stone tiles falling under this category can give a classical and elementary look to your home. This type is highly popular for its creative design and it can provide a contrasting look if you add it for borders while the flooring is made with some other tiles. You will find different options available when you place orders for your tiles from a professional firm dealing with quality products. I bought a starter home a few months ago and ever since then have been spending my free evenings and weekends trying to renovate the place. I decided to go the DIY route so I bought a few books and manuals printed out some step-by-step instructions from the Internet and have been slowly upgrading the floors in my kitchen bathroom and entrance foyer. After careful consideration I decided to go with natural stone tiles for the job. I cant wait to see how everything turns out! I know there are plenty of cheaper options than natural stone tiles out there but I wanted to add a touch of elegance and class to my home. Plus I figured I could splurge a bit on the decorating since I saved so much money by buying the place "as is".
The second step is washing. All the tiles must be washed with water and soap and they must be free of any dirt grout or tile adhesive. After washing you must allow the tiles to be dried for two to four weeks depending on the season. In winter it takes more time for the tiles to be dried so it takes more time and during the summer the tiles get dry quicker so one to two weeks would be fine. The last step is sealing. Sealing is like applying a layer of glue on top of the tiles to protect the surface from dirt and water absorption. Sealers are quite pricy however; it is worth it to spend some money to protect your beautiful natural stone.
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.