Natural Stone / September 6, 2018 / FifineAsselin
This should not be counted as a negative side to natural stone tiles as there are ways to maintain them and we must bear in mind that any natural products requires maintenance. Once natural stone tiles are laid there are three steps that must be done to maintain the tiles which includes filling washing and sealing. This process must be repeated every two to five years depending on the quality of natural stone. The first step after laying the tiles is to fill them. All the holes must be filled with filler of the same color. Any gap between the tiles must be grouted. You need to allow one to two days for the filler and grout to be dried.
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.
There are numerous benefits for using natural stone tiles for you wall or flooring and stone can be an extremely rewarding material to invest in in installing in your home. Natural stone has of course been used in construction and interior decoration for thousands of years and is no doubt to found in some of the most exquisite and luxurious buildings and residencies around the world. The reasons for its popularity of course go far beyond the sheer aesthetic qualities natural stone offers since it is also naturally extremely waterproof hygienic and unreactive with cleaning agents and bacteria. Probably the single most significant benefit of using natural stone tiles is the sheer longevity of their life and their duration of use.