Natural Stone / August 30, 2018 / FifineAsselin
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.
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.
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.