Natural Stone / August 19, 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.
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.
When it comes to natural stone tiles homeowners are now experiencing the satisfaction of repairing their own tile and grout. This is because of the high cost of labor of this simple job. Homeowners are eager to learn this simple job in order for them to save time effort and money as well. Because the more you learn about applications and trade the better you will recognized the well performed finished product which you could be proud of. How to grout your natural stone tile? This question sometimes prompts to our mind whenever the tile is place apart. When a tile is placed it leaves a gap or joints between them. Grouting is a way of filling those space and joints and to make the tile placement firm and hard.