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Natural Stone Flooring Services Sunshine Coast

 

Natural Stone Flooring Services Sunshine Coast by Grout Transformations™

Natural Stone Flooring Solutions Sunshine Coast

 

A Brief Explanation on Natural Stone Flooring by Grout Transformations™

Natural stone refers to a variety of mountain born materials including Slate, Marble, Limestone, Travertine, Granite, and Sandstone. Each of these has slightly different properties. It’s important to understand the characteristics of the type of stone flooring tile you are purchasing in order to determine whether it is appropriate for a specific location.

As you shop for natural stone tiles, these are the factors that you should question retailers about:

Absorption Rating

The absorption rating refers to how porous a given material is. The more absorbent it is, the more susceptible it will be to stains, as well as cracking damage in freezing conditions.

There are 4 levels of absorption that a tile can have, they are as follows,

Non-vitreous

This is the highest absorption level. In most cases non-vitreous tiles should not be used in any damp environment.

Semi-vitreous

While these tiles are less absorbent, the more liquid they are exposed to, the more maintenance they will require.

Vitreous

This is the standard absorption level for flooring tiles and these materials are generally considered appropriate for most low to mid traffic indoor and outdoor applications.

Impervious

These materials are resistant to the absorption of liquids and thus will be easier to maintain. They are often used in high traffic commercial applications.

Specific Tile Absorption Rates

In general, Sandstone is the most porous natural stone material, Travertine, Limestone, and Slate have medium absorbency, and Granite is relatively waterproof. Polished materials also absorb less water than honed or sanded surfaces.

Grade

Some retailers use a grading system to rate the quality of materials. This can refer to the size, shape, and thickness of the tile, as well as the condition of its surface. Most grading systems have three levels of quality. Grade 1 refers to high quality, uniform materials. Grade 2 consists of materials with minor defects such as chips, scratches, or irregular surfaces. Grade 3 materials have major flaws in size, shape, surface, or chipping, making them appropriate only as accent pieces, or in certain rustic decorative applications.

Natural Stone Flooring Services Sunshine Coast

Grout Transformations

54 Rawson Street
Caloundra, Queensland 4551
Australia
Phone: 1300780072
Fax: 0754372216
Email: contact@grouttransformations.com.au

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