Natural Stone / August 19, 2018 / FifineAsselin
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.
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.
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.