Special Measurements Help Customers Choose Correct Tile
The term ‘natural stone’ is often used to encompass materials such as slate, marble, granite and sandstone, all of which are popular for use tiles within in the home. Each of the materials used to produce these natural stone tiles have a range of different properties with regards to texture, absorption and oxidation, so it is important for those who hope to install these tiles to understand exactly what they are looking for.
Absorption ratings are given to all tiles in order to establish how porous they are. This measurement also informs those purchasing the tiles how easily the material will stain, and whether they are suitable for outdoor use, especially in potentially cold climates. Starting with the highest level of absorption, the scale works from non-vitreous, through semi-vitreous and vitreous up to impervious, which is entirely resistant to the absorption of liquid of all types. Impervious stone tiles are most suited for use in high-traffic areas such as commercial venues. Sandstone is generally the most porous natural stone and is usually used decoratively, whilst granite is the most waterproof and can be used as a kitchen or bathroom tile. If the tiles are polished in any way, they also absorb much less water than untreated ones.
The absorption rating is just one element of many that indicates whether a tile is appropriate for use within certain areas of the home. The coefficient of friction measures how slippery a tile is; the higher traction the better in the case of many flooring tiles. This number is especially important for rooms that will be exposed to condensation or damp. Anti-slip floor tiles for example, have particularly high friction coefficients, and hence are a favourable option for poolside areas and bathroom floors.
As well as measurements for porosity and friction, the stone that goes into making these natural tiles are also graded on a scale of one to three. Grade 1 is the label given to the highest quality material, with Grade 2 encompassing the stone that has minor defects or chips. Grade 3 is the lowest quality stone with the most major flaws. Grade 1 stone therefore tends to be used for floor tiles and the type of surfaces that require uniformity, whereas Grade 3 stones are more generally used for decorative purposes, when imperfection has a certain charm.
All of these different scales and measurements can help those searching for tiles to decide what type of tile they want in their home. There is a type of natural stone tile out there for every purpose, and the many grades and scales that are available to consult will ensure that everyone chooses the right one to suit their requirements.
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About Tech Tile London: Tech Tile London are commercial tile suppliers and provide a bespoke service for architects and interior designers. They stock a range of commercial floor tiles including porcelain tiles,glazed ceramic tiles, natural stone tiles, technical stone and glass tiles for commercial, retail, residential and leisure applications. In addition to the tiles themselves, Tech Tile London also offer comprehensive technical assistance and advice on topics such as slip ratings, product suitability, grout and adhesive advice and cleaning and maintenance assistance.