Restoration of Tile, Stone, Concrete, Carpet Floors for Coachella, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and for the rest of the Coachella Valley.
What You Should Know When Specifying Natural Stone;
Understand what the stone will look like.
appearance of a stone before specifying.
Look at large samples, such as full size
tiles, and ask about the potential
variation. Select your slabs by going to the
warehouse or at least ask for photographs.
Make sure the stone is suitable for your
intended use with your Stone representative
to confirm that you are specifying the right
material for the application.
If the budget is
a concern, understand the cost of the stone
before specifying. If you need to reduce
costs, tell us, and we will suggest less
Since long term
satisfaction of a stone floor is centered
around maintenance, write a specification
for floor maintenance. See our web site
which describes our recommended maintenance
issue of slip resistance.
This is a complex
issue since the tests for slip resistance
are unreliable, including the most popular
test, ASTM C1028. In addition, in our
opinion, natural stone cannot be accurately
measured for slip resistance because there
are hard spots and soft spots on each piece.
Our best suggestion is that you consider the
motto "a wet floor is a slippery floor".
availability of the stone before specifying.
It is important
to be aware of when the stone is going to be
installed to make sure that what you are
specifying will be available when needed. If
the project is fast track and stone will be
required within several weeks or sooner,
check with us to confirm that the material
is in stock or due to arrive within the
required time. Then contact the owner or
contractor, or whomever is buying the
material, and encourage them to get an order
placed within the necessary time frame.
large projects or cut-to-size factory
orders, check availability to determine when
the stone must be ordered to arrive on
There can be a
very large time difference, depending on
several factors, so do not assume that you
know the answer. Factors such as: time of
year (most European factories are closed for
the month of August), the factory's backlog,
transit time and availability of good stone.
Steamship sailing time to the east coast of
the US is approximately two weeks from
England and France, and around five weeks
from China and India.
Be aware of
elevation issues and how to solve them.
Interior projects, particularly alterations, often have issues that will restrict the thickness of the stone flooring. In these cases, you need to know the maximum thickness of the stone you can specify. If the existing floor is relatively flat and you can accept a thin-set installation, you can assume around a 1/4" thick adhesive bed, plus the thickness of the stone. Stone tiles will usually be between 3/8" and 5/8" thick, depending on the stone, finish and size.
While most 12"x12" tiles are 3/8", 16"x16" and 18"x18" will typically range from 3/8" to 5/8" in thickness. Larger tiles, from 24"x24" and up, are usually 3/4" thick and require a mud set installation with a bed of at least 3/4" of mortar. An exception to this is 24" x 24" Burlington Stone, which can be produced in 1/2" thickness. These tiles can be thin-set, bringing the elevation of the floor down as much as 1/2" to 5/8".
Basic Types of Stone
Textured Stone: Textured stone such as limestone or slate, tend to be hard and very durable which do not show foot abrasion in high traffic areas. They are also more water absorbent which also means that they stain more readily. Food and oil spills will leave a permanent stain! This type of stone also has a more uneven surface that allows dirt to stick, making cleanup and maintenance more difficult. In the case of textured stone the concern is not in protecting a polished surface but to protect against the infiltration of water, dirt, and stains. Once you have properly cleaned and achieved protection, maintenance is a breeze!
Polished Stone: Polished stone like marble, granite and limestone is so smooth and shiny that it is highly light reflective. Over time, these types of stone will show signs of abrasive wear from foot traffic. These wear patterns are very noticeable due to the loss of gloss units (luster) or the improper bonding of a protective coating. Tap water which contains chlorine, fluorine, purifiers and other minerals and salts will penetrate natural stone. Tap water and common cleaners are too harsh, they can discolor stone, grout and destroy the natural polish.
Please contact us for a free inspection and professional quotation.