Alternatives To Common Tiling Materials

Everyone knows that when you are tiling your home or place of business, you use ceramic or porcelain tiles. However, there are other types of tile material that are just as useful in different situations. These materials are not as common as the staple – ceramic, but they are great alternatives. They have the advantage of looking great and imparting a sense of warmth to a home. A great example of this type of tile is sandstone.

Sandstone in building
Since prehistoric times, sandstone has been used in building and construction. It was popular for its relative softness. This made it easy to cut and shape as required. Even today sandstone is used for many building purposes. For example, sandstone tiles Melbourne are used to impart a sense of warmth to a new home. They can be used both on the inside and out and are very durable. They have a high concentration of feldspar, which makes them high-endurance tiles. However, if you plan on installing sandstone into your walls or floors, follow a few tips to make them last.

Seal the sandstone
Place the boulder wall Brisbane on edge against a wall and use a paintbrush or spray paint machine to coat the fronts with a layer of sealant. This allows them to be wiped clean after installation, making maintenance far easier. It makes it easy to maintain because the sealant prevents the sandstone from sucking the moisture out of grout and fast-drying it before you can wipe it down.

Make it Waterproof
Sandstone is not a water resistant stone. It is very porous indeed, so it will absorb as much moisture as it can. Even if you coat it with sealant, it isn’t going to be much help because it is not intended for waterproofing. Get a spray-on latex waterproofing coat or some sort of plastic or fabric membrane. This will help you put sandstone tiling on your bathroom walls. It is not recommended that you put sandstone on the floors of a constantly wet area because of its porousness.

Grouting
There are two ways in which you can get your sandstone tiling system. The stone might have been artificially smoothed out using a filler. The other option is naturally occurring sandstone. This has all of the pits and hills of the natural stone. Grouting the latter can be rather difficult. This is because when joining the two tiles you can choose to fill in the other imperfections as well or you can just join the two by filling the joint with grout. Each gives a different appearance as an end result, so you should experiment and figure out what exactly it is you want.