Natural Stone / August 30, 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.
Another reason why many are now choosing floor tiles made from natural stone materials is they are considered to be eco-friendly. Opting for natural stone tiles for your home or business from local areas or even from your home country will help reduce your carbon footprint as well as support local businesses. Not only do these types of tiles last a long time and simply look stunning but they can also add value to your property. If your home has been upgraded or renovated with high quality materials this will often be noticed by prospective buyers should you wish to sell your pretty in the future. Estate agents and potential buyers will appreciate the quality and detail of features such as flooring and will often be prepared to pay for such quality too.
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.
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.