Choosing the best tiles for the situation
Stone tiles are absolutely beautiful and they will enhance any style of home, from traditional through to ultra modern. However, there are many different types of stone tiles available so how do you know which ones to choose? Here are some hints and tips to help you.
Types of Stone Tiles to Choose From
There are many different types of natural stone tiles that you can choose from. The most commonly available are:
Seal the Stone for Best Results
No matter what type of natural stone tile you choose, you will maintain the 'just installed look' by sealing them. This will protect your investment against water and spills. Unsealed stone is more prone to staining. Sealing should be done as soon as your tiles are laid and it is a process that can be repeated at intervals. When you purchase your stone from us ask us for a free bespoke fixing and sealing specification.
Consider Where You Will be Using the Stone Tiles
Something else that you will need to think about is where you plan to use the stone tiles. Stone tiling can be used indoors and some can be used outdoors and many are perfect for both walls and flooring.
- Flooring in living areas, bathrooms, kitchens, or entrance ways
- As a splashback
- As wall tiling in the bathroom or laundry
- To clad kitchen islands or cabinetry
- As flooring in your outdoor entertaining areas
- As part of your pool surround
- The uses are almost unlimited
Stone tiles are actually quite versatile in terms of the colours and sizes available, and some tiles include colours such as greys, blacks, whites, creams, tans, reds and pinks. Consider which surface finish suits your décor. Stone tiles are available in different finishes such as riven, tumbled, antiqued, brushed, straight edge, wavy edge and some are available in different patterns. Wherever your imagination goes, we can help you to make the best and most informed choice, and assist you to choose the most appropriate stone for your installation.
Consider the Cost of Stone Tiles
Stone tiles are absolutely unmatched in their beauty, elegance and longevity. Stone tiles will last for decades rather than years and with just a little care they will look just as good as the day you laid them. In many cases they will look better, as stone only improves with age! Don't let your perception of high cost put you off, as real stone tiles and mosaics are very often less expensive than the porcelain copies. Let our experts advise on how to achieve the look you desire within your budget.
Tiler’s Tip – Buy More Than Less
As with any tile it is within the stone industry’s norm to add between 5-10% extra to the exact amount of tiles required, to allow for cuts and potential breakages when tiling, and to allow enough for patterns.If you are using a tiling contractor he will advise you on the amount to allow. Buying slightly more will ensure you always have spare tiles to replace any accidentally damaged in the future. If you are subsequently selling your property, it is always a positive, and gives comfort to your buyer, to know that they do not have to worry about replacements.