Know this about grout.
Natural stone tile grout lines are typically filled with un-sanded grout and are
usually much thinner than ceramic tile installations.
Grout can match, contrast or coordinate with your stone tile.
Remember that grout will outline each tile creating a visual picture frame.
If you want the grout to be less noticeable, select a grout that is close in color
to the stone.
A contrasting grout color, either darker or lighter, will make the grout lines more
visible and thereby will create a checkerboard effect.
Grout colors installed in your home can be slightly different from the sample you
viewed in our store.
This is due to differences in temperature and humidity during installation.
Even when the same grout color is used, it is also common to see slight differences
between the grout used for floor tile in one room and the grout used in an adjacent
Exact layouts, type of grout and grout joint widths are determined by the 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.
Sealing is recommended.
It is important to note that sealing of natural stone is highly recommended, and
that it be performed by a seasoned professional.
Sealing your natural stone flooring makes it less porous, more stain resistant,
and protects the stone’s original beauty.
There are different types of sealer depending on your type of stone. We recommend
consulting with us about sealing your flooring.
You should also be aware that, once your flooring is installed, you are responsible
for maintaining all caulked areas to guard against water damage.
Get on top of the bottom line. Know the entire cost of ownership.
The “cost per square foot” of your natural stone floor is just one component
of the entire project cost. To ensure there are no surprises, and the natural 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:
- Furniture removal/replacement.
- Demolition/disposal of old floor covering. Depending on the existing floor covering,
this can be an expensive item; also, be sure to include the cost to dispose of the
old floor covering.
- Subfloor preparation. Depending on the condition of the subfloor, it may require
- Product delivery.
- Natural stone installation. Determine the cost per square foot to install it.
- Materials required to complete the installation. Your new natural stone floor may
require additional materials to install it properly.
In addition to the total project cost, you should also know the cost of cleanings
to maintain the beauty and life of your natural stone floor.
We can help you answer those questions.
There’s a lot to know and consider before buying your natural stone floor,
so take your time, ask questions and learn as much as you need to.
One thing you’ll discover is that when it comes to one-of-a-kind beauty, enchanting
personality and timeless style, natural stone is in a class by itself.