Making the right choice for your natural stone

As a trusted retailer in natural stone, many customers come to us for advice when sourcing tiles for their residential or commercial projects. Thankfully our years of experience have made us experts in offering advice on the suitability of one type of limestone over another or the perfect slate tiles. We can even give advice on how to restore tiles that have been a little unloved.

Our impressive track record in providing quality natural stone products together with exceptional customer service has enabled us to deliver an outstanding range of tiles at exceedingly affordable prices.

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It is important to remember that natural stone does not arise out of a man-made process. Produced entirely by Mother Nature, natural stone offers a building material which is beautifully unique in terms of the colour, texture and the quality. Because of these characteristic differences in every piece of stone, it is worthwhile doing some research when looking into the use of natural stone for your projects. Here we look at some of the most important points to consider and the key factors you can use to differentiate between the types of natural stone available for your floor or wall.

Know your needs

This is the first thing you need to think about. Why are you choosing natural stone? What do you like about it? What do you specifically want to achieve from using a certain type of stone in your project? The natural stone you choose should reflect YOUR requirements. For instance, limestone tiles are often favoured by interior designers, architects, builders and home owners because of its durability and ease of use in complementing a variety of interior design schemes. Limestone is also perfect for use in a number of home areas such as kitchens, hallways, orangeries and has a beautiful colour palette to work with.

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Know the durability of natural stone

If you are looking for types of natural stone that are suitable for use in heavy footfall areas consider looking at some of the harder stones. For instance, our black riven slate tiles are ideal for projects where there will be a heavy footfall, and thanks to their fantastic anti-slip rating, are perfect for use in bathrooms or external projects. A stone such as our honed slate is best suited for use on walls or in low traffic areas such as bathrooms.

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Look after your tiles

It is important to remember that natural stone is not waterproof or stain resistant, it must therefore be correctly sealed after installation. Furthermore, floors need to be maintained on a regular basis in order to keep it in top condition. Our wealth of technical experience ensures we can offer specific advice so your floor remains fantastic for years to come.

Ultimately, natural stone has historically been popular for use on floors and walls owing to its ability to add a quality and warmth that cannot be achieved by using other materials.

If you are thinking of starting a project and would like to discuss whether natural stone could work for you, browse our website contact a member of our sales team on 01283 730388. Our website features a downloadable brochure, together with inspirational photos and you can order complimentary samples online.