November 4, 2014

Natural stone tiles reflect the natural beauty of the earth which is one of the many reasons why they’re such a popular and long standing choice in the home - marble dates all the way back to the ancient Greeks who were seriously into this decadent wall and floor covering. Many still associate natural stone tiles with the outdoors however they are now increasingly being found inside many people’s homes.

What types of natural stone tiles are they?

Travertine, marble, slate, limestone and sandstone are the major natural stone players.

Tell me about finishes

Generally natural stone tiles are available in three different finishes; honed, riven and polished. A honed finish is where the natural stone has been ground to a smooth to touch surface. The opposite of honed is a riven finish where the surface of the tile is irregular due to the material being split by hand. Finally there’s the polished finish where a layer of gloss has been added to the natural surface.

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Will I have to rethink my budget?

Natural stone tiles can be more expensive than a ceramic or porcelain alternative due to the quarrying processes involved in collecting natural stone, on the flip side you can buy incredibly low priced natural stone tiles but they may not be of the highest quality. The main thing to bear in mind is the increased costs of installation and future maintenance when using natural stone. Many modern porcelain tiles are fantastic imitations of natural stones and come without these extra costs.  
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Can I use natural stone tiles everywhere?

Natural stone tiles can feature almost anywhere although a popular installation for our customers is to use them as feature walls in dining or living rooms, for example as part of a fireplace surround. If under tile heating is something you crave then don’t fear, it’s perfectly ok to use under tile heating in partnership with natural stone tiles.  
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Let’s talk maintenance

All natural stone tiles must be sealed to prevent water penetration and staining, this is easy to apply after the tiles have been laid. Wall tiles don’t usually require re-sealing after the initial application however it’s advised that you reseal natural stone floor tiles periodically, this all depends on whether your tile is in a low or high traffic area – remember we’re talking feet and not cars! Unsure how often your natural stone pick will need sealing? Make full use of our expertise and get in touch with a member of our customer service team who’ll be to talk all things maintenance.

Our advice

Natural stone tiles are a real thing of beauty and can add serious warmth and style to any property. It is important however to consider practicality and maintenance. Modern technology allows us now to look at low maintenance manufactured options which look just as good. Our customer service team can give you all the knowledge you need to make an informed decision that’s right for you and your lifestyle.