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Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Col. I live in Perth and I have a passion for construction. I am pretty useless when it comes to construction work so I tend to leave it to the experts. However, I find that there is nothing more pleasing than seeing a team of construction workers complete a job. Over the years, I have hired many different types of construction worker and they have all taken the time to chat with me. During these conversations, I have learnt so pretty interesting things which I will be exploring on this blog. Enjoy!

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Top Tips When Choosing Natural Stone Tiles

Ethan Burton

Many homeowners prefer stone tiles due to their natural appeal and luxurious look. They are one of the best return on investment projects since they can significantly increase the demand and value of your home. Read the extract below to understand the various considerations to make when choosing natural stone tiles. 

Interior or Exterior

Below are a few factors that will help you determine how to use the stone; 

1. Absorption Rating

This term refers to the rate at which the stone absorbs liquid or gas. Non-vitreous stones have a high absorption rating. As such, these stones should be used in dry environments, such as walls. Do not use them in damp areas, such as the kitchen, bathroom or basement. Impervious stone tiles do not absorb liquid or gas. Therefore, you can use them in wet, damp and outdoor areas. 

Stone tiles with a high absorption rating are more susceptible to stains and cracks. Sandstone has a high absorption rating, while granite is impervious. 

2. Strength

Soft stones such as limestone and sandstone may scratch or break easily. As such, they are not suitable for high-traffic areas. Granite and quartzite are hard and therefore scratch-, heat- and stain-resistant.

3. Friction

Smooth and polished stone tiles are ideal for kitchen surfaces and walls. However, if you would want to install a stone floor, the material should have a rough texture to prevent slips. Some manufacturers have non-slip stone tiles that can be used in the bathroom and kitchen.  

4. Finish and Colour

The stone tiles should complement the appeal of your interior or exterior. They come in a variety of finishes such as polished, honed, flamed or leather. Polished stones are perfect for interior use, while flamed and brushed finishes are ideal for outdoor use. 

Most stones come in hundreds of colours and patterns. Your interior designer should help you choose a suitable texture and colour. 

Pricing

Conduct some internet research to determine how various manufacturers price their stone tiles. As a rule of the thumb, work with reputable manufacturers that provide guarantees and warranties on the products they sell. 

Installation and Maintenance

Preferably, ask a professional to install the stone tiles. Your warranty could become void if you choose to install the tiles. Most natural stones will require sealing agents to reduce their polarity. Use stone soap and neutral cleaners to clean stone tiles. For outdoor areas, hose the tiles with non-pressurised water to get rid of dirt, algae and moss. 

Choosing stone tiles for your home is now easy with the above tips. Determine the stone qualities, examine the pricing and ask a professional to install the tiles.  


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