Few flooring surfaces do justice to a room in quite the way stone does. Indeed, Stone is a unique flooring material as it actually improves, aesthetically, with age. The robustness of Stone means it will outlast any other flooring material: stone is the ultimate combination of form and function.
Stone tiles are highly versatile, given that they look great when laid in a multitude of designs including grid, diamond, and brick-formation. Stone does not yield to heat, making it perfect for use alongside underfloor heating systems.
There are five main types of stone commonly used for flooring: slate, marble, limestone, travertine and granite. Each comes in an array of colour choices, and the option of either a riven or a honed finish. Whilst a riven tile gives a natural, slightly uneven texture, a honed finish is flat and smooth. Topps tiles has a great selection of these on offer.
It is always wise to get stone tiles out of their boxes and take a good look at them, prior to laying them. This will help to establish whether any of the tiles have been chipped, scratched or cracked during transit, in which case any defective tile needs replacing. It is important to be aware that, given the natural quality of stone, no two tiles will possess identical markings. This is part of the uniqueness of stone as a material.
Caring for and Maintaining Stone
Once fitted, it is essential to apply sealant to stone floor tiles. Subsequently, further applications of sealant are regularly required in order for stone to remain protected against staining. The application of sealant occurs, only after the removal of any residual dust and adhesive.
The choice of sealant dictates the stone’s finish. An enhancer, for instance, will bring out the grain of the stone and provide a deeper colour. Enhancer also tends to give stone a high sheen, which creates a nice synchronicity alongside glossy kitchen work surfaces.
Other sealants simply protect stone, having no actual impact on the overall finish. Treating stone with sealant is essential, irrespective of how porous or nonporous the type of stone is, because all stone is susceptible to staining.
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