Natural Stone / September 10, 2018 / FifineAsselin
Natural stone tiles may not be the easiest material to use and maintain for walls and flooring but they are certainly one of the most rewarding both in terms of quality and also return on investment since it is widely believed that a natural stone wall or floor will increase the value of your property. In addition to these benefits natural stone tiles also are extremely hard wearing and in most cases with some care and attention will last as long as the house does. As already mentioned there is perhaps more work involved both in fitting and maintaining natural stole tiles than there is in some alternatives such as wood flooring.
If you want to make a real design impact on an area in your home with natural stone tiles there are many ways in which you can do so. For example tiles made from natural stone look fantastic in bathrooms. You could choose to use these tiles on the floor only which of course will look amazing. However for a really glamorous and high quality bathroom you could also choose to use these tiles on walls too as many of the materials used are not only long lasting but waterproof. Natural stone is the most sought tiling materials for household and commercial buildings and can be of marble granite slate or limestone. They could impress visitors and fill grand entrances of your homes.
Laying your natural stone tiles is a relatively simple process involving the use of tile adhesive to fix the tiles to the surface. Some types of particularly porous tile such as travertine require back-buttering with tile adhesive before theyre laid. This is also important if your tiles have any cracks in the underside since buttering will help to seal the crack and add strength and the process is considered good practise in any situation. Take care when laying natural stone tiles as they can be quite heavy. Take care to minimise unnecessary stretching to reduce the risk of back-strain. You can use a spirit level to help check your tile is level before moving onto the next one and a gentle tap from a small mallet can help to encourage any corners that are too high. Grouting your natural stone tiles after theyve been laid is again a fairly simple process. Do use a mask when mixing your tile grout as it can be a considerably dusty process. Always mix your grout powder with clean cold water and if youre laying your tiles in a bathroom or kitchen you wish to use a tile grout that features anti-bacterial agents to reduce the growth of mould and mildew.