Travertine kitchen floor

Our client had laminate flooring installed in their new kitchen extension but after only 18 months it was starting to look worn and tatty. They decided a more hard wearing and luxurious floor covering was needed but was not sure of the best option for a family kitchen that has to cope with everyday family life. After our initial site visit and consultation, the client decided to totally replace the existing floor with a more striking large format classic travertine tile and asked us to complete the works.

We started off by removing and disposing of the existing laminate flooring and insulation. Once we uncovered the sub-floor it was obvious that there was far too much bounce and flex for tiling so we would need to strengthen the sub-floor. To achieve this we glued and screwed Hardie Backer Cement boards to the sub-floor in a brick pattern and allowed to dry. Once dry, we then applied Ditra matting anti movement membrane. This de-coupling membrane allows for slight movement between tiles and the sub-floor due to seasonal climate changes. A skim of  fibre reinforced latex was then applied to give a flat surface suitable to tile onto.

The large travertine tiles were then laid in a standard grid pattern and the chose a grout colour to blend in with the tile which gives a seamless appearance. The tiles were sealed with a colour intensifying sealer to bring out the colours present and then a final coat of stain block was applied.

WOW what a difference it has made to the overall feel of the room. This kitchen has now become the hub of the house with a hard wearing and functional floor making it suitable for day to day family life but also a glamorous room with a feel of luxury making it perfect for entertaining and parties.

Moleanos limestone floor

This week we have been installing a Moleanos beige limestone floor into a new kitchen extension in Guildford. The new screed had water underfloor heating fitted so we installed Ditra matting direct to the screed to allow for any movement caused due to expansion. This was then covered in a fibre reinforced self levelling latex to help add strength and give a flat surface to tile on to.

The Moleanos beige limestone is very dense and hard wearing, making it perfect for use in a family kitchen. Its also very uniform in colour which helps to give a seamless appearance and a contemporary look. These tiles are 600mm x 400mm in size and were fitted in a classic brick bond pattern. We then applied several coats of a stain blocking sealer to the tiles to protect them from spillages and family wear and tear. The grout colour is very close to the tile colour which helps to make the floor look larger.

Victorian Tiling

This week we have been completing a classic Victorian designed tiled entrance floor in a large Victorian residence in Guildford.

The original floor was polished marble tiles which had seen better days so the clients decided to make the change to a tiled floor which suited the house better. We supplied the tiles for this project and used a 70 mm black and white tile fitted on the diamond, a 20 mm pencil tile for a border to the main tiles and then a 50 mm diamond mosaic border also fitted on the diamond. A 100 mm black tile completes the design and forms a border to the walls. All the Victorian tiles were fitted individually by hand by our expert fitters.

I think you’ll agree the difference is astounding and now as you open the front door you are greeted by this classic feature. If you would like us to design a new Victorian entrance hallway or geometric design for your path then please contact us.

Welcome to the Stone Tile Emporium website

Welcome to our new website!

As a family run business based in Surrey and Sussex, the Stone Tile Emporium is a very personable and hands-on company committed to sourcing only the very best quality natural tile stones to ensure the superior finishes to our tile installations that we have become know for.

With a highly skilled workforce with years of combined experience we take great pride in our work and are able to provide tiles for your project as well as install any you already have. Our range includes travertine, slate, limestone, granite, marble and mosaics and in many different surface finishes.

Please take a few minutes to browse our website and if you have any questions please get in touch!