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Natural Stone Tiles
Tiling ImageThese beautiful looking tiles are quarried from the earth, which means each tile has a slight variation in colour and texture, giving them a very distinctive look. Some are very hard and durable, and some quite soft.
The most popular types of natural stone tiles are:
Limestone – classical soft, warm creamy white in appearance
Travertine – a form of limestone that comes in darker natural shades of beige, cream and soft brown
Slate – formed from volcanic ash to produce a very durable stone in dark and earthy colours
Marble – crystal structures produce an almost translucent appearance at the surface, for a classically luxurious look
Granite – one of the hardest stones, extremely beautiful and available in many colours
Terracotta tiles are also made from local clays. Terracotta means "cooked earth" and these products tend to be very absorbent, so need sealing when used on the floor.
Quarry - tiles are a traditional product made in the UK for hundreds of years. They are made from natural clay, squeezed through an extruding machine, and then fired at extremely high temperatures. Quarry tiles are usually used for floors as they can withstand heave foot traffic. They are very durable and slip resistant and come mostly in red or brown, but more recently also come in grey or beige.
There are various types of finishes for natural stone tiles including:
Honed – where the surface has been filled and ground to a smooth surface
Riven – where the faces of the tiles are irregular due to material being split by hand
Polished – where a layer of gloss has been added
Natural stone tiles will need sealing to protect them from dirt and stains, to enhance their colour and to keep them looking beautiful for many years.
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