Stone Types

How to select natural stone tiles and flooring?

We can supply and install a wide variety of stone which is suitable for a range of different applications.

There will be a type of natural stone that can go almost anywhere in the home. The skill is to select the correct stone, as each product has different attributes with its own unique properties and disadvantages.

There is such a huge choice available that you can find stone to achieve any look you desire, from dark riven slate to milk coloured limestone, rough tumbled travertine to smooth polished marble. Stone comes in a huge selection of colours and textures.

Remember that a stone floor will last a long time so you need to take your time and choose carefully. Stone is a natural material so expect there to be random colour and pattern variation – each piece is unique.

Limestone

Limestone’s wide array of shades, colours and textures make this product a very popular stone, as it can work equally well in both traditional and modern interiors. The sheer choice of honed, polished, aged, brushed and tumbled finishes adds appeal to this product. Within most types of limestone, some fossilised shell detailing can be expected along with occasional surface pitting.

Slate

Slate is a very fine grained rock of mostly microscopic clay minerals with some quartz and calcite. Like limestone and marble, the colours present in slate come from trace metals. The wild colours on some slates are the result of splitting the slate along natural layers, which exposes the metals to the atmosphere, causing oxidisation. Our slate tiles can come in a naturally cleft tile or a honed smooth finish depending on your desired look.

Travertine

Due to the way travertine in created, by minerals coming to the surface from hot springs over millions of years, some small holes or air pockets lying beneath the surface of the tile may appear during the first few months of wear. These are easily filled, giving decades of use, as proven all over the world. We can supply and install filled and honed, tumbled or chipped edge travertine, each creating a different look and feel to your project.

Marble

Marble’s crystal structure allows a high polish to be applied, which accentuates the beautiful colours and veining for which it is famous. The veining and colours come from mineral deposits and can vary wildly from the base colour of the tile. Some of our marble tiles have a mesh backing applied which helps to strengthen the tile when there is a high quantity of veins present.

Granite

Granite and basalt are amongst some of the hardest natural stones available to man. Granite is formed from molten magma deep below the earth’s crust which has cooled slowly over millions of years and solidified. Basalt is a result of molten magma erupting from volcanoes and cooling very quickly forming a solid mass with tiny air bubbles. The hard structure of granite makes this range of stone perfect for a tile with a polished finish which in turn shows off the crystals it is formed from.

Which sealer to apply?

To ensure that your natural stone tiles always look their best, we recommend that once your project has been completed you seal the tiles, as almost all types of natural stone will stain and discolour over time if left untreated. Once done, you can be confident that your floor will enjoy years of looking its best and easy maintenance.

There is a choice between and invisible stain blocking seal, a colour enhancing matt finish seal or a colour enhancing gloss finish seal depending of the type of stone you have fitted. These different finishes can dramatically change the look of your finished project so we advise treating some left over tiles or off-cuts and placing them in-situ to truly see the different appearances these sealers can produce.