Floor and wall tiles come in many different forms, yet arguably one of the most naturally appealing is that of natural stone. Here at Trade Price Tiles, we have a number of different options available should you be considering the introduction of natural stone tiles within your property, so thought it would be useful to run through a few benefits of this type of tile to assist you in making a decision.
Natural stone exudes luxury and elegance, so if you are attempting to create a finish of the very highest quality, you are certainly on the right lines with stone tiles. Furthermore, no two stone tiles and therefore floors will ever look exactly the same as each piece of stone used will be completely unique, so you can be assured that you have a floor that no-one else in the world has in their home!
Due to their beauty and intricacy, the use of natural stone wall or floor tiles will add a touch of class to any setting purely down to their stunning 'feel'.
Lots of natural stone tiles contain random fossils and other indicators of the history involved in these remarkable wall and floor coverings, many of which have been formed over millions of years. Once fitted, you'll discover these little gems which become points of interest for years.
In many circumstances, the use of natural stone tiles can add a real feeling of warmth to a room. This is hard to convey in an image, but once fitted, the softer texture of natural stone does convey a feeling of warmth; especially for travertine and limestone which exude warmer tones.
Most natural stone needs sealing to get the best from it. The general rule is to seal once before grouting and at least once afterwards. Depending on the type of material this will need to be repeated once every 6-24 months, yet don't let this put you off; sealing natural stone is actually very easy involving a simple application using a cloth, brush or roller. Modern sealers are liquids and so wipe on very very easily.
There are several golden rules involved with fitting stone, to save you time and money keep these in mind.
- If the stone is a light\beige colour you MUST use a white adhesive. Grey or other colour adhesives can bleed their colour through to the surface of the tile, often months after fixing; once this happens nothing can be done.
- When cutting, NEVER EVER mark the tiles with a marker pen, even on the back of the tile. The ink will slowly bleed through, giving you a nice graffiti effect in a few months time. Not exactly the talking point you were aiming for....
- To keep costs down, choose a quality stone. Cheap stone is a classic false economy case; poor quality stone is often more filler\holes than stone, not only will this look bad, but filling the holes with adhesive is expensive.
- Mix the stone prior to use, this ensures a natural blend that isn't dependant on the packing order.
- Sort chipped or tiles with features you don't like before fitting, then use them for cuts.
Natural stone tiles are incredibly durable. This is showcased by the length of time stone has been used in construction and interior design, and when it comes to stone tiles, they are renowned for being hard wearing and are likely to last a lifetime after installation. Often natural stone can be used externally and is often used for a luxurious patio or sun area.