Natural Stone / August 23, 2018 / FifineAsselin
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.
The absorption rate is how porous a material is. The more absorbent a material is the more likely it is to stain as well as how much cracking damage it suffers during freezing conditions. There are four different levels of absorption when it comes to natural tiles. Non-vitreous is the highest absorption and should not be used in any environment that can become damp. Semi-vitreous are less absorbent but will require more maintenance the more liquid is exposed to them. Vitreous is the standard level of absorption and is considered most appropriate to be placed in areas with low to mid indoor or outdoor traffic. Impervious is the most resistant when it comes to the absorptions of liquids and are the easiest to maintain and clean.
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.