Natural Stone / September 6, 2018 / FifineAsselin
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.
Natural stone tiles may not be the easiest material to use and maintain for walls and flooring but they are certainly one of the most rewarding both in terms of quality and also return on investment since it is widely believed that a natural stone wall or floor will increase the value of your property. In addition to these benefits natural stone tiles also are extremely hard wearing and in most cases with some care and attention will last as long as the house does. As already mentioned there is perhaps more work involved both in fitting and maintaining natural stole tiles than there is in some alternatives such as wood flooring.
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.