How Natural Stone Tiles Are Made
Nature ‘makes’ natural stone of course, below is how we cut natural stone blocks into tiles ready for use in your renovation.
Natural stone tiles are cut from larger blocks of natural stone that are quarried around the world. Usually sourced from areas where the stone is close to the surface, the top surface of the earth is removed and large blocks of marble or natural stone are cut from the ground or side of a hill.
The blocks are either processed nearby or shipped to a stone processing centre, sometimes halfway around the world. The large blocks of stone are sawn or cut with diamond-blade saws into slabs or smaller blocks that can be cut down further into stone tiles.
Some natural stone is weak along veins and fissures in the surface. Stone of this type is typically reinforced by applying epoxy and a mesh to the back to reduce the risk of breakage.
The cut stone is put through a polishing machine and polished to the desired finish - either honed (which is semi-polished) or fully polished. Further processing can include mechanical brushing or tumbling the tiles by placing the tiles in a large vibrating drum with a hard medium to gently knock against the sharp edges.
Natural stone continually varies as it is taken from different depths and different parts of the quarry. No two pieces are generally the same. Stone tiles can be taken from one block or much more likely from various blocks that are then blended.
And without speaking the obvious, as it’s all-natural, variation is a huge part of the look, that’s why you should always dry lay before you install and of course, when deciding that natural is for you, you need to commit to sealing them and then on-going maintenance to keep them looking stunning.
Our Hot Tip: If you decide upon a stunning natural tile, you have to also commit to the on-going care and maintenance to ensure they are always looking amazing.