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10% of all tiles in our showroom, including our incredible new line of faux wood effect tiles.

Please come down to our Reigate showroom to check out all of the great products we have on offer.

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You can find us at: 31a Bell Street, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7AD.      Call us at: 01737 210125.       Email us at: sales@thestonetileemporium.com

We have recently added a range of faux stone cladding tiles to our collection and appear to be very popular.

These tiles are manufactured porcelain and boast advantages over natural stone cladding, such as:

– They are completely water proof and as a result can be used in Bathrooms and areas that their natural stone counterparts cannot.

– They are cheaper.

 

Some of the disadvantages include:

– They are porcelain tiles and therefore patterns are repeated and this may be noticed over large sections of wall.

– They don’t have as many unique striations and discrepancies as their natural stone counterparts do that add to the character of the wall area.

 

If you want to find out more please visit our page on Stone Cladding, or contact us over the phone or via email (all contact information can be found on our website on our contact us page).

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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.

 

 

Not all stone tiles work well everywhere. There are some types of natural stone that really enhance the interior design aspects of a room, whilst there are others that can do the opposite and make a living space look odd or complicated. Here are some typical rooms you’ll find in a property along with some stone tiling which we think creates the perfect match.

Slate

Style: Dark, Resilient, Unique Texture
Where To Use: Hallways, Kitchens, Gardens

The natural effect of slate makes it a nailed on contender for your garden or kitchen space, whilst hallways can also be graced with a refined style of slate tiling. Its resilience means it won’t get damaged from constant usage indoors.

Marble

Style: Varied Colours, Attractive Patterns
Where to Use: Kitchens, Bathrooms, Hallways

Not the best option for outdoors as it usually absorbs water. It’s also prone to scratching, so outdoors might not be the best place for this tiling to go. The patterns make it ideal for a stunning bathroom design idea, whilst kitchens also benefit from its colour and patterns.

Limestone

Style: Great Natural Patterns, Resilient
Where to Use: Front Rooms, Hallways, Kitchens

The first in our list that would really work in a front room or living area, Limestone has all the properties required for constant usage and interior design appeal. Limestone has hardened over many years to form a tough natural stone that is extremely difficult to damage.

Sandstone

Style: Highly Resilient
Where to Use: Kitchens, Bathrooms, Front Room, Conservatory

As a metamorphic rock, Sandstone won’t be damaged easily. It doesn’t have all kinds of colour variations going on, making it suitable for practically any living space. You’re likely to be able to match its features to any particular room design.

 

 

If you’re looking to install your own stone tiles in the near future, you’ll probably need them to fit a certain space. It can be difficult finding the right-sized tiles for your particular flooring space, so here’s a quick guide on cutting your own tiles and the steps you should take depending on what it is you want to do.

Making a Straight Cut

It’s always important to mark out the cut with a pencil before proceeding. This gives you much more precision and accuracy.

Next you’ll need a tile cutter. Use the tile cutter slowly and gradually to avoid jagged edges, until the entire line has been cut.

Finally, push on the breaker to complete the cut. It’s this particular step that gives you a good even cut.

Cutting a Shape

If you fancy creating some unique tile designs or you have to cut a tile to fit a curved space, you have to make the cut slightly differently. Here’s what to do:

Again, mark with a pencil the line that you’re looking to cut.

This is where it gets a bit more complicated. Rather than cutting with the tile cutter, you need to create a slight groove along the line instead.

Now, take an electric grinder and use this to cut the shape. Start with the ends of the marked out line and proceed to the centre at the end.

Stone Tile Emporium has a range of dazzling stone tile ideas available, so why not take a look at our range of stone tiles here.

Stone brings an appealing sense of tradition and character to our homes and its uses are many when it comes to interior design, tiling, outdoor decoration and so on. Stone has always been the stalwart of basic construction techniques which is why many people have embraced its unique design and structure to develop the character and overall attractiveness of their homes. Let’s have a look at a few examples of the use of stone in our homes today and how these ideas have been inspired by period tradition.

Tiling has become the norm for most bathrooms, whether it’s on the floor, on the walls or even to add a decorative spark to various bathroom appliances such as sinks and shower areas. Limestone tiles emit a natural atmosphere that helps us feel strangely comfortable when taking a shower for example. The stone decorated baths that look to imitate Mediterranean rock pools gives us an example of how stone has become the comfortable material to be around.

Sometimes stone can be boring, like with drive ways for example. Let’s face it, you hardly care to notice what platform the car is situated on and you’re probably far more interested in the car itself. However, many homeowners have looked to make the most of their driveways to create some pretty nifty design ideas. Beautifully rounded pebbles are commonplace on many designer drive ways these days, whilst flat concrete slabs are being swapped with shingle to provide a touch of uniqueness. You can potentially use a variety of stones that have come fresh from the ocean to further decorate your driveway and really impress the neighbours. Without doubt, there are options available to you.

Stone has become a much more popular choice of material in recent years thanks to the aspects of character it can potentially bring to a home. Stone Tiles Emporium have a wide range of stone tiles available that come in all different shapes and designs. If you’re interested in integrating some natural beauty into your home, contact Stone Tiles Emporium for further details.

If you’ve decided to get your spring cleaning done a little earlier this year in an attempt to beckon the nicer weather towards us, you’re probably going to have to concentrate on the stone tiles in your bathroom, kitchen, tabletops or conservatory. Here’s a quick guide to getting your spring cleaning done quickly and efficiently.

The first thing you should do is sweep away any dust particles or unattached dirt from the flooring. Once you’re certain the surface is clear, you can reach for the mop. If you’re finding the sweeping process a bit tedious, try vacuuming instead.

The next step is to mop the floors of any sticky substances or short-term stains that have built up. Sticky substances that are too tough to remove with a mop can be scraped off the floor with any kind of scraper. Depending on the floor tiles you’ve got, you should try and find the cleaning solution that works best.

Once you’ve finished mopping up, you can leave the floor to dry for over an hour or so. It really is as simple and as straightforward as that. Remember, cleaning solutions for certain materials such as slate, granite and limestone can be found and purchased online or in any specialist cleaning store.

Many new builds nowadays can really thrive with the addition of some modern tiling, especially in the kitchen area. Your new build may have an isolated kitchen, though the majority of modern houses create a wide open space for the kitchen to expand out on to. Here are a few modern kitchen tiling ideas that could really work with your current contemporary interior design.

Slate is made of mostly microscopic clay materials and can sometimes have a few granite minerals, making it a reasonably sturdy option. Slate has a beautifully natural colour and its texture is capable of creating a unique style and feel. Slate can also be regarded as environmentally friendly thanks to its hardwearing nature. It is an affordable option whatever level of quality you’re looking for.

Limestone can be used on both modern and traditional interiors thanks to its adaptability. It is an extremely popular choice on the market. It is a reasonably simple style of tiling and doesn’t provide the distinct natural effect that you get from slate, though it can come in an array of unique colours. You can use it on your kitchen walls or floors thanks to the vast amounts of choice that you have with this particular form of tile.

If you want something that screams contemporary interior design in a modern household, granite could be the choice for you. Granite tiles are sleek and polished to perfection. They are easy to maintain and will last a lifetime, so they can be regarded as environmentally friendly. They are a trendy option at the moment thanks to their eye-catching shape and structure.

If you need further advice about improving your modern kitchen designs or feel your kitchen could really come to life using any of the tiles mentioned above, why not check out the Stone Tile Emporiums great range of stone tiling or contact us today for a further consultation.

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