Natural Stone / August 23, 2018 / FifineAsselin
Actually now that Im thinking about it I probably would have chosen to decorate with natural stone tiles anyway since they look so much better than linoleum wood or other types of flooring. Thats just my humble opinion of course. So once I decided to use natural stone tiles in these rooms I checked through some books and magazines for inspiration. I found lots of lovely patterns to choose from and decided to try to emulate a few of the looks I discovered on those glossy pages. The next step was to purchase the natural stone tiles themselves which took a bit more work. At first I went to the local home improvement center but they didnt have the exact tile pattern I wanted -- and their prices were a tad too high anyway. So I started browsing online and came across several websites that stocked precisely what I wanted. They were offering pretty good deals too -- even with shipping and handling charges thrown into the mix. After I took delivery of the natural stone tiles I began the real work of renovating my house. I started in the kitchen where I wanted to replace the backsplash and floor. It took me kind of a long time to get my bearings and gain some confidence in my capabilities but once I got the hang of the process I had no trouble putting each tile in place. Im not quite finished in there but hope to make significant progress next week.
Using them in your home will with care mean that they last longer than your home probably will! Natural stone is of course available in many different forms such as travertine granite limestone slate sandstone and quartzite and they all differ in the way in which they will age with time and use. It is commonly thought that natural stone tiles improve with age and use because they develop unique characters and qualities. This is of course true even within the different types of stone available; since stone is a natural product no two tiles will be identically alike which will go a long way to making your tiled floor or wall very special indeed.
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.