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Natural Stone Tiles

 

Natural stone tiles reflect a very natural form of beauty, which is why they are becoming increasingly popular in the home. Although most people associate them with the outdoors, they are now being found inside many people’s homes.
Natural stone tiles are readily available in five different materials – travertine, marble, slate, limestone and sandstone - and three different finishes.
The first is honed, which is where the surface has been ground down to be smooth. The second is riven, where the faces of the tiles are irregular as the material has been split by hand. The final common finish is polished, where a layer of gloss has been added to give a bright, glossy effect to the tile.
Natural stone tiles are usually more expensive than your average ceramic tile or porcelain tile, however, just like all tiles, you should see purchasing natural stone tiles as an investment, not a cost. They can definitely add a lot of value to your home.
Natural stone tiles can be used anywhere, but are most common in kitchens, bathrooms, hallways and in fireplace surrounds. It is becoming increasingly popular for people to buy natural stone tiles or mosaics and use them as borders with normal ceramic wall tiles. This can liven up even the dullest ooms and can contribute to creating some unique and breathtaking home environments.
In most cases, natural stone tiles are suitable for both walls and floors. Some, however, may be too heavy to fix to walls. If in doubt consult your tiling contractor for advice on the best natural stone tiles to safely use on walls.
Additional Considerations
Natural stone floor tiles are best used wherever they can be tiled directly onto concrete. If this isn't possible, the next best thing is plywood. Bear in mind that normal flooring will need a plywood covering put over it before natural stone tiles can be laid. Also remember that some natural stone tiles, espeially travertine, may need to have some back filling done in order to get a solid bed for later fixing. If in doubt speak to a licensed contractor about this.
Natural stone tiles are thicker than normal tiles, even up to 20mm or so. This may mean that you have to shorten any doors to account for the increased thickness compared to ordinary ceramic tiles, especially if you are applying a layer of plywood covering.
All natural stone tiles must be sealed to prevent staining and moisture buildup. Sealant is applied after the tiles have been laid and settled. While wall tiles do not usually require further treatments after the initial application, it is advisable to reseal natural stone tile floors periodically although this does depend on the level of traffic across the floor tiling.
You can use undertile heating beneath natural stone tiles, which is particularly popular in bathrooms.

Natural stone tiles reflect a very natural form of beauty, which is why they are becoming increasingly popular in the home. Although most people associate them with the outdoors, they are now being found inside many people’s homes.

Natural stone tiles are readily available in five different materials – travertine, marble, slate, limestone and sandstone - and three different finishes.

The first is honed, which is where the surface has been ground down to be smooth. The second is riven, where the faces of the tiles are irregular as the material has been split by hand. The final common finish is polished, where a layer of gloss has been added to give a bright, glossy effect to the tile.

Natural stone tiles are usually more expensive than your average ceramic tile or porcelain tile, however, just like all tiles, you should see purchasing natural stone tiles as an investment, not a cost. They can definitely add a lot of value to your home.

Natural stone tiles can be used anywhere, but are most common in kitchens, bathrooms, hallways and in fireplace surrounds. It is becoming increasingly popular for people to buy natural stone tiles or mosaics and use them as borders with normal ceramic wall tiles. This can liven up even the dullest rooms and can contribute to creating some unique and breathtaking home environments.

In most cases, natural stone tiles are suitable for both walls and floors. Some, however, may be too heavy to fix to walls. If in doubt consult your tiling contractor for advice on the best natural stone tiles to safely use on walls.

Additional Considerations

Natural stone floor tiles are best used wherever they can be tiled directly onto concrete. If this isn't possible, the next best thing is plywood. Bear in mind that normal flooring will need a plywood covering put over it before natural stone tiles can be laid. Also remember that some natural stone tiles, espeially travertine, may need to have some back filling done in order to get a solid bed for later fixing. If in doubt speak to a licensed contractor about this.

Natural stone tiles are thicker than normal tiles, even up to 20mm or so. This may mean that you have to shorten any doors to account for the increased thickness compared to ordinary ceramic tiles, especially if you are applying a layer of plywood covering.

All natural stone tiles must be sealed to prevent staining and moisture buildup. Sealant is applied after the tiles have been laid and settled. While wall tiles do not usually require further treatments after the initial application, it is advisable to reseal natural stone tile floors periodically although this does depend on the level of traffic across the floor tiling.
You can use undertile heating beneath natural stone tiles, which is particularly popular in bathrooms.

 

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