All About Tiles
Does the Tile Material or Finish Matter?
Yes, of course! All of our stunning tiles and stone have different characteristics that can make them more or less suitable for use in different areas. To help select the right type of tile it’s good to have some general understanding of the differences and terminology.
Our technical and design experts have put together the summary below which will answer all your questions and help bring your dream alive. Of course, if you want to chat to someone about tiles you can drop into any of our stores, web chat or call us on 1800 4 TILES.
Natural Basalt Tiles
Basalt, which is also commonly referred to as bluestone in Australia, is a fine-grained, volcanic stone that is widely used in both residential and commercial projects. Being volcanic means that the stone formed from lava, rapidly cooling so it is more porous than granite, having consistent pinholes throughout and cannot be polished to the same level. The grey tones range from black to mid-grey and often display subtle surface vein patterning and grouped holes referred to as “cats paws”. It is suited to a wide range of design styles. Basalt can have some brown shading if there is oxidation or iron present and occasionally displays some white calcium traces.
Basalt has been used as tiles, pavers, countertops, building facades and curbstones. Finishes include sawn, honed, hammered and flamed. Like other natural stones, it is recommended to seal basalt with a quality penetrating sealer.
Whether you’re looking for a traditional, minimalist or industrial look, basalt will add a timeless feel to any project.
When selecting a natural stone, be sure you are fully advised how this precious material needs to be installed, sealed and maintained.
Floor Tile: Basalt Blue Moon Sawn
Our Hot Tip: When ordering natural stone, talk to our experts who will provide you with a suggested cleaning and maintenance plan and advice on the best products to use.