Natural Stone / August 23, 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.
Always take care to wear hand and eye protection as well as suitable clothing and remove and power sockets or electrical equipment that is likely to get wet in the process. When marking a cut line on a natural stone tile you may prefer to use a crayon as opposed to a pencil which is likely to not make a significant mark on the tile. Take care to go extra slow when reaching the end of your cut as if you go too fast and force the tile through it is likely to break rendering it difficult to use. If you are cutting a particularly large tile try to get someone to help you steady the tile as you cut since the weight of either piece of tile can start to pull the whole piece apart - encouraging a snap - as you advance through the tile.
The CoF is the measurement of how slippery the materials are. The higher the CoF the more traction a tile has. The number is especially important in high traffic areas and places that encounter moisture such as the bathroom and the kitchen. As with everything there are noticeable benefits and drawbacks to using natural stone flooring. Most of the common benefits of using natural stone tiles is mostly in the way of aesthetics. For example since the tiles are made of natural stone using them can help give a space a more natural feel. Also since each piece of stone is created from earth they all have a different earth like pattern which when utilized correctly can create an aesthetically pleasing artwork.