Natural Stone / September 6, 2018 / FifineAsselin
Many home owners are choosing natural tiles for their flooring as they not only create a high quality and stylish look but they are extremely durable thus a fantastic investment as they last such a long time. Natural stone tiles have been used in homes and businesses for hundreds of years and are fast becoming a popular option for those who are seeking quality materials to tile their home or business. As these types of floor tiles are so durable you will find that the areas in which you can use them is almost endless. For example you could use natural stone tiles indoors in rooms such as your kitchen or bathroom. You could also use these types of natural tiles for outdoor areas too such as a patio or outdoor steps.
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.
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.