Natural stones like marble, limestone, and others have been used for many centuries. It is a symbol of power and wealth, mainly when used for flooring. Indeed, in Greece, Persia, and Italy, a lot of work was done to generate natural stone for government buildings. Also in wealthier citizens, because the material was not affordable to the locals.
Today, modern transportation systems and equipment have made it easier for many homeowners to access marble and other stones. However, even with the availability, these building materials have retained their royal mystique.
Why Natural Stone Tiles are Unique
Natural stone comprises granite, marble, limestone, slate, and travertine. As stated, natural stone has always been used by wealthy people to embellish their homes. These materials are durable, fire-resistant, and are strikingly beautiful.
Further, unlike glass and ceramic tiles, natural stone has different thicknesses and colours. Thus, these stones have a unique appearance, and careful matching is necessary.
The following natural stones are widely used to make tiles. Each material has unique features.
It’s a pure white material that is exquisitely veined with attractive earthly colours. It is the result of minerals during formation. Its relatively compact and excellent material for walls, floors, and fireplaces. They are mostly used on countertops, backsplashes and can be sealed to minimize porosity.
This is an igneous rock available in grey, white, or pink colours with dark sparkles. The material is incredibly sturdy and attractive. It’s also resistant to moisture, thus ideal for bathroom and kitchen countertops wet bars and fireplace surrounds. It’s durable and therefore suitable for areas with heavy traffic as well.
It’s a sedimentary rock which is beige, off-white, and grey. It’s an affordable and easily accessible material for making tiles. It is suitable for shower walls, living room floors, and fireplaces. Travertine is a limestone that can be polished and ideal for floors, garden walkways, and patios.
This is a metamorphic rock that is available in shades of grey, green, purple, or cyan or turquoise-blue. The material is suitable for interior walls, roofing, and countertops and exterior floors. It is because of its easy-care, durable, and resistant to water.
It’s a magmatic or igneous rock that has brown, deep grey, or black colour. It’s a non-porous, fine-grained, and durable natural stone. Its tiles are used on floors and walls. You can also use Basalt in decorating garden paths, pool surrounds, fire pits, and water features.
Advantages of using Stone Tiles for Bathrooms
Natural stones are used in bathrooms to make a bold statement of style and elegance. The material is not only durable and readily available, but it’s a symbol of exclusivity.
Natural stones are unique, and even slabs hewed from the same look have a different look. They have different colouring and veining. Thus, you can have a marble countertop, floor, and walls with different colours and patterns from the bathroom tiling. Therefore, your bathroom will have sheer beauty and stylishness. Especially when you install natural stone tiles like marble, granite, or limestone on the countertops or walls.
Stones have inherent variations; thus, you will never have two identical bathrooms. You can use these tiles in different areas, and your bathroom will look distinctive. Contact Cohuna Bathroom Renovations for the magical look that you need.
Improves Resale Value
Natural stones are unique and expensive; thus, homes with surfaces made from these materials are highly-priced. For that reason, real estate agents are quick to point out that the property has counters, walls, floors, and surroundings made of natural stone tiles. Therefore, having a bathroom with walls and floors with granite, marble, slate tiles is an added advantage.
Stone tiles for bathrooms are not only attractive, but they are durable. For instance, Granite surfaces are firm because the material is formed under extreme heat and pressure. These surfaces are virtually scratch-proof and heat resistant, thus suitable materials for your bathroom tiling.
You need to seal the stone to get the maximum benefit from it. Sealing the tiles is a natural process that you can do yourself since most sealers are in liquid form. The process should be repeated every 6-24 months. However, these stones have no other maintenance. It is because they are easy to clean, and each wipe leaves the surface looking great.
Natural Enemies of Stone Tiles
Natural stones can be cut, shaped, or sculpted. They can be used in several areas of your home. The prime one being the bathroom due to their strength, insulation, and durability.
However, these excellent and unique features can be affected by various enemies, as shown below.
Just like the way salt on the road corrodes vehicles, exposing a stone tile to salt can be attacked. Thus, it’s vital to avoid salty water when cleaning the shower, for it can attack the decorative stone tiles.
You can identify a salt invasion when you see the white, gritty deposit on the surface. Natural stones have minerals that react with dissolved salt. A white residue remains when water evaporates, and this is what alerts you that there is a chemical reaction taking place on your tiles.
However, a quality sealant will block the reaction from taking place.
Oils and other liquids can stain the stone tiles if settle on this surface without wiping. Further, these stains can discolour, destroy, or erode the stone.
Limestone, marble, and travertine react to acidic solutions. Stones can react to acid-forming gases occurring due to pollution. Acid erosion begins with dull marks of the surface even if it’s polished, followed by pitting.
Other mild household detergents like vinegar or lemon juice can have a long-term impact. Therefore, a milder acid will take longer to cause severe damage and to be noticed. Consequently, you should keep these surfaces clean and apply stone sealant regularly.
Improving Stone Tiles
Natural stone had numerous disadvantages initially because of being porous. However, the recent development of chemical sealers has eliminated these challenges.
Sealers don’t last forever on the surface of the stone. You have to keep on reapplying to maintain efficacy. They also don’t stop all strains for their purpose is to minimize the rate of absorption. Otherwise, spills should be clean immediately.
There is a brighter side of sealers:
- They make cleaning of stone tiles for bathrooms easier.
- Sealers improve the tiles stain-resistance ability.
- They enhance the appearance of the tiles.
- They hinder the growth of biological organisms like moss and algae.
- Sealers make the surface resistant to acid erosion.
- Some sealers can enhance slip resistance, thus improving your bathroom floor by ensuring sure footing.
Best Stone Tiles Ideas for Your Bathroom
- We recommend that you select floor tiles first, then you pick a matching wall and counters tiles afterwards.
- Go for larger tiles for your bathroom floors to reduce the number of seams.
- Choose a rough texture or leathered finish for the bathroom tiling to avoid having a very slippery floor.
- Natural stone tiles for bathrooms are more substantial than the ceramic tiles, thus ensure that you have a strong subfloor that can bear the weight of these tiles.
Contact Cohuna Bathroom Renovations at 0491 709 756 or email us [email protected] for stone tiling services.