Natural Stone / August 19, 2018 / FifineAsselin
First of all due to the high quality and fact that it is a natural material natural stone can be more expensive than other solutions. They also can be more difficult to fit and maintain which can also increase the cost. One factor with fitting natural stone tiles is that they can be more difficult to cut when tiling around fixtures and fittings. The best way to cut stone tiles is to use an electric wet tile cutter and preferably to do this outside or in a prepared environment due to the potential to get water and debris spray. When fitting natural stone tiles it is also important to seal the tiles after fitting as this may otherwise result in the stone becoming stained.
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.
They should then explain in detail what they are looking for when they do the remodel. It is best for the homeowner if they have specific ideas and plans laid out so that the contractor fully understands what they are getting themselves into. When telling the contractor of your plans be sure to tell them that you want to use natural stone tiles. This way if the contractor has some sort of hesitation about working with the material you can cross that contractor off your list for those that you are considering hiring for your remodel. Natural stone tiles usually do not make contractors want to run from a project however some contractors may just not like working with the material since it does require a few extra tools that they may or may not have on hand. Once you get all of the information from the contractors and have narrowed down the list of just who can work with the materials that you have specified.