Muscat Porcelain Floor tiles

Here at The Tile Emporium we are always striving to stay on top of new and rising trends in the architectural and design markets. Because of this we are constantly renewing our stock and showroom to fit in with these style movements. We have recently acquired a new porcelain range with a Lappato semi-polished finish from Stonecrest Marble.

These tiles are suitable for both walls and floors and come in 4 colours called; Bone, Drk Grey, Lt Grey and Anthracite. They are perfectly suited for Bathrooms and kitchens as the semi-polished finish gives a surface that can easily be cleaned and maintained as well as having grip similar to that of a matte tile.

Porcelain tiles - Formation Porcelain textured Gris floor tiles

Stonecrest is one of the largest distributors of natural stone and ceramic tiles in the UK. With over 15 years’ experience, Stonecrest offer an extensive range of beautiful tiles with thousands of choices to pick from. Click here to visit their website.

Come down and visit our Reigate showroom to view this stunning new range. All details are available in our showroom, we hope to see you soon! Alternatively, you can get in touch with us for more information at info@thestonetileemporium.com or give us a call today on 01737 223922.

The Stone Tile Emporium specialises in tile installation, and can carry out work both inside and outside your property.

This stunning work below was completed by one of our professional fitters for a designer’s new house. The client was interested in having matching stone in the same style throughout the downstairs of his property, which would then continue out to form a patio.

Our team was able to create seamless lines by joining the two sections. This beautiful look provides an elegant running flow out through the large glass doors.

designers house

Our installation service

This is a fantastic example of the brilliant work that our installation team can produce for you. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable tilers and stone fitters would be delighted to help you with your stone tile project.

We have expertise working with virtually every type of tile, ranging from ceramic and porcelain through to stunning natural stone. Additionally, we can provide electric underfloor heating and a range of other services to ensure that you get the perfect tile flooring.

To learn more about the range of tiles we provide, as well as our high-quality fitting service, please get in touch with the team at The Stone Tile Emporium today.

Natural Stone Tiles With Three Plant Pots Containing Green Herbs

Natural stone is used in kitchens, floors, walls, bathrooms, dining rooms, around swimming pools, building foyers, public areas and façades. Since ancient times, stone has been popular for building and decorative purposes.

The reason you want to seal your natural stone floor is to prevent the following things from occurring and ruining your tiles’ finish and look.

Staining: 

This is the most common form of damage. It is the result of oils or other liquids penetrate deeply into the channels within the stone and deposit material that is effectively impossible to remove without destroying the stone.

Salt Attack:

This occurs when salts dissolved in water are carried into the stone. The two most common effects are efflorescence and spalling. Salts that expand on crystallization in capillary gaps can cause surface spalling and can exert considerable expansive forces as its crystals grow.

Acid Attack:

Acid-soluble stone materials such as the calcite (veins) in marble, limestone and travertine, as well as the internal cement that binds the resistant grains in sandstone, react with acidic solutions on contact. Acid erodes the stone, leaving dull marks on polished surfaces. In time it may cause deep pitting, eventually totally obliterating the form. Even mild household acids, including cola, wine, vinegar, lemon juice and milk, can damage vulnerable types of stone. The milder the acid, the longer it takes to etch calcite-based stone; stronger acids can cause irreparable damage in seconds.

Picture Framing:

This occurs when water or grout moves into the edges of the stone to create an unsightly darkening or “frame” affect. Such harm is usually irreversible.

Freeze-thaw Spalling:

This occurs when water freezes in the surface pores. The general term is Frost weathering. The water expands on freezing, causing the stone to spall, crumble, or even to crack through.

There are 3 main types of sealant that can be used for natural stone floors, these are:

Topical sealers
Generally made from polyurethanes or acrylics. These sealers may be effective at stopping stains but, being exposed on the surface of the material, they tend to wear out relatively quickly, especially on high-traffic areas of flooring. This type of sealer will significantly change the look and slip resistance of the surface, especially when it is wet. These sealers are not breathable i.e. do not allow the escape of water vapour and other gases, and are not effective against salt attack, such as efflorescence and spalling

Penetrating sealers

The most penetrating sealers use siliconates, fluoro-polymers and siloxanes, which repel liquids. These sealers penetrate the surface of the stone enough to anchor the material to the surface. They are generally longer lasting than topical sealers and often do not substantially alter the look of the stone, but still can change the slip characteristics of the surface and do wear relatively quickly. Penetrating sealers often require the use of special cleaners which both clean and top up the repellent ingredient left on the stone surface. These sealers are often breathable to a certain degree, but do not penetrate deeply enough (generally less than 1mm) to be effective against salt attack, such as efflorescence and spalling.

Impregnating sealers

Uses silanes or modified silanes. These are a type of penetrating sealer, which penetrate deeply into the material, impregnating it with molecules which bond to the capillary pores and repels water and / or oils from within the material. Some modified silane sealers impregnate deeply enough to protect against salt attack, such as efflorescence, spalling, picture framing and freeze-thaw spalling. Some silane stone sealers based on nanotechnology claim to be resistant to UV light and higher pH levels found in new masonry and pointing.[2] A good depth of penetration is also essential for protection from weathering and traffic.

 

 

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