Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

About Stone

What are the different types of stones?

There are various types of stones that are used for flooring and decorative purposes. The most well known ones are marble, granite, travertine, limestone, and slate.

Where do stones come from?

Mountains are the largest source of natural stone. Rriverbeds and sea are also the sources of natural stone.

What are the shinny flakes inside the stone?

Each stone type has different minerals, which gives various properties to stone.

Is one stone better than other? What is the best stone?

Each type of natural stone has unique characteristics that make them harder, softer or shinier. Depending on your application, there are some design preferences of some type over another. For example, limestone tiles are not suitable for high traffic areas but will be perfect for wall applications. Marble Systems only carries stone tiles and decorative natural stone products, which are suitable for interior or exterior floors and walls.

Are some countrie’s stones better than others?

There is a general misconception that some countries produces better stones than other. Natural stones come from the nature itself; they are raw materials for tiles and slabs industry. The manufacturing processes will bring out the beauty of the natural stone. Marble Systems manufacturers have state of the art manufacturing facilities capable of producing high quality natural stone products.

What are the different finishes? What are the differences between?

Finishing stone is similar to sanding process: smaller grit and longer sanding gives stone more shinny polished look, whereas less will make it look more natural. Finish is a design preference. Usually polished surfaces are used where a modern look is sought. They require more delicate care and handling compared to antiqued or tumbled surfaces which have a natural patina and will take a better wear and tear over time. Some stones like travertine have natural holes as a result of sedimentary minerals. These voids or holes can be left unfilled to give even more natural look to the floor. They are also available as filled travertine or you can grout the holes when you grout your joints.

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The most common edge types are:From rough to fine in increasing order:Natural Cleft
Chiseled ( Big Chiseled)
Pave Real ( Fine Chiselled)
Tumbled
Antiqued
Honed With Bevel
Polished With Bevel

What are the different types of edges? What are the differences between them?

As for the type of finishes, the edge finish is also a design preference. Below are the type of edge finishes generally preferred: Straight cut or SC: Tiles are sawn and has a sharp edge. Preferred by customer in Southeast and Southwest for seamless floors without any grout joints. Bevelled: Also called Chamfered, the bevel is used to make installation easier and to eliminate sharp leveling differences on the floor between tiles when grout is used.

What makes an exotic stone “exotic”?

Exotic stones come from very remote parts of the world; they require extra care in production and handling. Due to the weather conditions, seasonal limitations, transportation restrictions, those stones are available in small quantities, therefore they are exotic.

What are the advantages of natural stone over man-made stones?

Do you know a plastic surface that looks fascinating after couple of years? Natural stone is natural and creates a unique atmosphere everywhere it is used. They will not let go of their beauty even after thousands years. Man-made stones are esthetically repetitive and have artificial look. They can wear easily over time and will quickly loose their appeal. In addition natural stones might not need constant maintenance: Take a look at the Lincoln Memorial, or The Pyramids they still look good after all these years, don’t they?

What are the standard sizes for a tile floor? What is the standard thickness of a tile?

Commonly used tiles are 4×4 to 24×24. The tile size is also a design preference however, larger the area you want to cover you might consider using larger dimensions. Most of the interior stone tiles are 12X12 or 18X18, standard thickness is 3/8” on 12X12 and ½” on 18X18. We do not recommend tiles thicker than ½ “ unless you have a concrete floor and have a cement mud installation. Please consult your installer for more information.

What are the decorative stones? What are they used for?

Decorative stones tiles are used for accentuate various surface covering forms. You can use mouldings to frame an art work on your wall. You can use borders to clarify the distinction between your living room and kitchen. The possibilities are immense with mosaics, mouldings, and borders.

What is the temperature of the stone? What are my options on heating floors?

In general natural stone retains heat and cold. It is cooler than room temperature. If you prefer heated floors, please consult your installer for your options.

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Choosing the right stone
Are more expensive stones better?
Not exactly. The price of natural stone depends on the capacity of its quarry and its production volume. The higher the production, the less expensive the price is. On the other hand, some of the World’s best stones like carrara or travertines are less expensive due to their enormous reserves.Is it better to get a lighter color than darker color?
This is strictly a matter of taste. Generally, it is better to use lighter color stones where you don’t have a lot of natural light exposure.

Why would I want to use a porous travertine?
Travertine is a wonderful natural material that gives warm, old world look at affordable prices. Also it is easy to maintain. If you don’t like holes, you can have your tiles grouted by your installer.

Design your space

Would a darker color darken the room?

Generally, it is better to use lighter color stones where you don’t have a lot of natural light exposure.

Why do I want to use natural stone on the wall? Can I use slabs for my wall?

Stone tiles can also be used for bathrooms, showers, and backsplashes where your walls are exposed to a lot of wet and slippery elements. It is also easy to clean and repent water.

Can I mix different stones with different textures in the same room?

Yes, you can. However, it is recommended that you use materials from the same parts of the world to keep some similar characteristics. You can still use different colors.

Where do I use decos?

Decorative natural stones are mostly used to accentuate your tiles, floor and walls.

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Stone Care

Will my stone stain? What type of stones are resistant to stain?

We recommend sealing all natural stone with a good sealer like Miracle Sealants. Once sealed, all stone will be stain resistant. Please see your sealers instructions for recommended sealing procedures.

Will my stone change colors or degrade in quality when sealed?

Different sealers have different degrees of changing the stone color. However, sealing the stone will give a slight wet and cleaner look to it. There are sealers without color enhancers and it will almost retain the original look of the stone.

How often do I need to seal my stone?

Depending on the usage, you might seal your stone tiles once a year. See your sealer’s instructions.

 

You can check out the Marble Institute of America for stone care information. stone care information.