Natural Stone / September 6, 2018 / FifineAsselin
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.
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.
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.