A – Z of tiling N is for Natural stone - Our tips for installing Natural Stone
Marble works beautifully in kitchens and if chosen wisely, in small doses, like a splashback behind a cooking area, the polished stone adds a classic touch to any décor. However it's important to ensure that marble is properly sealed as it can be susceptible to substances like cooking oil and cleaning products. The veined appearance of marble is exposed when cut meaning no two pieces will ever be the same. If you're thinking of installing marble in your home it's worth considering this detail if you prefer a more uniform look.
Travertine is still a hugely popular choice amongst stone, with plenty of wall and floor tiles available. One of Travertine's natural characteristics are the little pinholes and voids that appear on the surface of the tile after installation. You can either fill these with grout or resin or leave them as they are to create an aged and rustic charm - however they can be harder to clean if left unfilled.
Many millions ago Basalt was once flowing molten lava, so tiny bubbles were formed as it cooled. This is a distinctive feature giving only a hint of its dramatic past. When installing basalt tiles we recommend the use of a black grout, care must also be taken when applying adhesive as the surface is pitted with tiny holes and the natural inky finish can easily be spoiled. Cleaning thoroughly before installation will also help to ensure a clean and smooth appearance.
Limestone is an extremely versatile stone and has been used for centuries from the atriums and dining rooms of Pompeii to modern day wall and floor tiles. limestone tiles such as Greyfriars Abbey can be susceptible to surface scratching which will blend in over time to create a charmingly aged effect.
One of the most popular styles of natural stone, Slate, is made up of smooth flat layers, giving it a unique varied depth of colour. Mix and match various types of slate in different sizes to create an attractive effect. As its surface is layered, flaking can sometimes occur, exposing more striking differences in shade. If this happens, simply clean and reseal the affected area.
The humble Terracotta will always be beautiful; its warm orange and red tones resemble its origins of sun baked countries like Spain. Terracotta is porous by nature so it needs to be thoroughly sealed and installed in areas that rarely get wet.