Natural Stone — Before You Buy, Read This!

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Tile and Natural Stone

In our last post we introduced what you need to know before buying natural stone.  Here’s the rest!

Grout

  • lines are typically filled depending on the stone tile itself
  • can be thinner than ceramic tile installations
  • can match, contrast or coordinate with your stone tile
  • will outline each tile creating a visual picture frame
  • to be less noticeable, select a grout that is close in color to the stone
  • contrasting grout color, either darker or lighter, will make the grout lines more visible and thereby will create a checkerboard effect
  • colors installed can be slightly different from the sample
  • even when the same color is used,  common to see slight differences between the grout in adjacent rooms
  • exact layouts, type of grout and grout joint widths are determined by our tile setter at the time of installation and are governed by the actual size and shape of the tile, and the exact dimensions of the areas to be covered

Sealer

  • highly recommended
  • should be performed by  professionals
  • makes it less porous, more stain resistant, and protects the stone
  • different types of sealer
  • once flooring is installed, you are responsible for maintaining all caulked areas

Entire cost of ownership

The material “cost per square foot” of your stone flooring is just one component of the entire project cost. To ensure there are no surprises, and the stone you select fits within your overall project budget, be sure to ask us to calculate the total cost of your floor covering project. Here’s a list of potential additional expenses you may incur:

  1. furniture removal/replacement
  2. demolition/disposal of old floor covering
  3. sub-floor preparation
  4. product delivery
  5. stone installation
  6. materials required to complete the installation

In addition to the total project cost, you should also know the cost of annual cleanings to maintain the beauty and life of your new stone floor. Also, consult the manufacturer’s warranty and care guide for directions on how frequently the stone should be cleaned and the cost to clean it.

 

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