Benefits of Tile & Stone
Tile: The two main types of title are ceramic and porcelain. Ceramic tiles are made of a mixture of different clays and other natural materials and are less dense than porcelain tile. Porcelain tiles are made from porcelain clays and are much more dense and durable than ceramic tiles. Porcelain tiles are less prone to moisture, so they are suitable for both indoor and outdoor installation.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors, perfect for any project. With technology, now they are able to create a ceramic or porcelain tile to look like natural stone and wood. You can now have the look of natural stone and wood with less maintenance.
Stone: Some of the most common types of Natural Stone are; slate, granite, travertine and marble. They are unique and beautiful; like ceramic and porcelain tile they come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. With natural stone is a natural product which no two pieces are alike. You should always view more than one sample and always inspect the natural stone before it is installed. Natural stone can be absorbent so it is best to have the installer seal the tiles and then periodically resealed. Travertine can come in a variety of finishes from a chiseled edge with no fill to a rectified polished honed and filled tile.
Installation of Tile & Stone
Before Installation: The existing flooring will need to be removed and disposed of, the furniture and small personal household items will need to be moved to a safe place during the removal and installation process. Small items to consider moving are pictures, personal items and knick knacks. Bullet Flooring can offer a removal and disposal service as well as furniture moving.
During Installation: Once the existing flooring has been removed, the installer will inspect the subfloor for any preparation that may need to be done. Preparation may include leveling the subfloor and adding a cement backer board. In some cases more extensive preparation may be needed depending on the previous flooring. After the subfloor is prepared, the installer will determine the tile layout. A thinset mortar is used to set the tiles in and spaces will be placed in between to ensure an even placement. Once the tile has set, the installer will grout the tile-this often times is done the next day. The grout we recommend to use is Fusion grout, which is a stain and crack resistant grout and does not need to be sealed. In some cases, we will recommend a sanded or non-sanded grout depending on the tile.
Care and Maintenance
Stone: Most stone needs to be sealed after installation, and in some cases prior to installation. The stone will need to be resealed periodically. It is important to vacuum or dust mop frequently to remove abrasive agents such as dirt and dust from the stone surface.
- Don't use cleaners that contain acid or bleach. Acids, even a light solution of vinegar and water will etch and eventually damage natural stone.
- Don't use cleaners that will affect existing sealers or wax-type coatings.
- Do use cleaners specially made for cleaning natural stone. Such cleaners cantain no acids and are concentrated neutral pH cleaners that will not affect the sealers.
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