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Stone Tiles

Beaumonts are the Stone Specialists

Stone makes us feel alive, surrounding us with natural beauty that has formed over millions of years.

Nothing compares to the elegance, timeless beauty and genuine character of natural stone tiles. Stone is arguably one of the best materials to add real value to a home.

Stone will create a true sense of luxury in any area of your home and has a beauty that transcends the ever-changing landscape of today's design trends. Its rich, textured finishes make it appealing to the eye and feeling wonderful underfoot.

It's no wonder that natural stone tiles have proven time and time again to add real value to the home.

A stand-out feature like a gorgeous travertine courtyard, Carrara marble bathroom or pietra grey fireplace tile can add sublime beauty and transform a home.

The collection includes both natural stone tiles and pavers, offering limitless design possibilities.

Beaumonts searches the world to find spectacular collections of stone tiles. Our pilgrimages take us to Jaipur and Delhi in India, the Pamukkale region in Turkey, and to Xiamen and Hainan Island province in China, with many stops in between. Our suppliers use the best cutting and finishing machinery so you get the most luxurious products available. Discover our natural stone collection, learn how to lay it and keep it looking good for many years to come!

Limestone

Limestone has been loved and valued around the world for thousands of years - and for good reasons.

Learn more about limestone tiles.

Travertine

Travertine is a beautiful and extremely versatile natural stone, particularly loved for outdoors and around pools.

Learn more about travertine tiles.

Marble

Marble has been the very pinnacle of elegance for centuries. Hard-wearing, charismatic and bringing a sense of grandeur, there's lots to love about marble.

Learn more about marble tiles.

Bluestone

Beaumonts' bluestone is a hard, dense stone cut from hand-selected volcanic rock. Bluestone offers a dark, refined look indoors and out.

Granite

Granite is a distinctive natural stone full of character but also a depth of subtlety that works well in and around the home.

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Natural Stone Installation Tips

Blend from different boxes

  • Stone is a natural product and variations in colour and surface finish are common. Variation is part of the beauty of stone. When laying stone, never work from just one crate or pallet. Open several crates or pallets and work from each to blend variations to achieve a pleasing result.

Pre-Seal

  • Many stones will benefit from pre-sealing prior to laying, especially light coloured stones, more porous stones and in dirty working environments.

Prepare the substrate

  • Stone tiles must be laid on a solid substrate, such as a concrete slab, that is both level and free from movement.
  • We recommend stone tiles be laid on a base of concrete that is at least 75mm thick for normal foot traffic. For driveways the base should be a minimum of 100mm.

Allow for expansion joints

  • Expansion joints for both the substrate and the tiles are necessary to prevent cracking due to movement. Any stone laid against a pool edge or house must also have an expansion joint at this point. Drainage, appropriate to your particular application, is an important consideration to prevent moisture related issues. Please refer to the Australian Standards.

Select the correct adhesive

  • Selection of the correct adhesive depends upon both the tile and the substrate. All our stone has been tested by our adhesive manufacturers. Ask a Beaumont staff member for their recommendation on the most suitable adhesive. Adhesive should be applied to the back of the tile with a notched trowel and ideally back-buttered for even coverage.

Cut the stone

  • It is likely that cuts will need to be made and we recommend the use of a wet saw for high quality edges.

Grout

  • Grout should be chosen to blend with the colour of the stone. Apply so that no voids are created, and sponge off residue with water as you work.

Final clean

  • Once the grout has set, clean again with a pH neutral cleaner prior to sealing.

Sealing

  • Sealing with a penetrating sealer is essential to assist future cleaning and longevity. We recommend a high quality penetrating sealer such as Miracle 511 H20.

The substrate

  • Stone pavers may be laid as above of can be laid on a 100mm bed of compacted road base plus 40mm of washed bedding sand.

Blend from different boxes

  • Stone is a natural product and variations in colour and surface finish are common. Variation is part of the beauty of stone. When laying stone, never work from just one crate or pallet. Open several crates or pallets and work from each to blend variations to achieve a pleasing result.

Pre-Seal

  • Many stones will benefit from pre-sealing prior to laying, especially light coloured stones, more porous stones and in dirty working environments.

Drainage

  • Drainage, appropriate to your application, is an important consideration to prevent moisture related issues. Please refer to the Australian Standards. Leave space between the pavers to allow for expansion.

The Gaps

  • Once laid and dry, sweep jointing sand into the gaps.

Sealing

  • Sealing with a penetrating sealer is essential tp assist future cleaning and longevity. We recommend a high quality penetrating sealer such as Miracle 511 H20.

Sealing Natural Stone

We insist that all natural stone is sealed to protect and extend the life of the stone. Sealing stone gives it the absolute best protection against stains and dirt, making cleaning much easier.

When sealing, the surface must be clean and dry. Never seal a tiled outdoor area if rain is predicted within 12 hours. Never seal in extreme heat or windy conditions. It's a great idea to always test the sealer in a corner before applying to large areas.

Beaumonts stock a range of top quality penetrating sealers. Please ask our friendly staff who will recommend the right sealer for the stone you have chosen. Sealing lasts up to 10 years.

Cleaning Natural Stone Tiles

Indoors

  • Frequently dust mop interior floor finishes using clean, non-treated micro-fibre wipes. Prompt removal of dirt, sand and other abrasive material will protect your stone from scratching.

  • Clean up any spills - such as red wine - as soon as possible.

  • NEVER use acidic products on your stone.

  • Keep in mind that cleaning products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acidic products may dull or etch the surface of calcareous stones.

  • It's a good idea to first conduct a trial on a sample piece of the stone, or in an inconspicuous area of the finished tiling before using cleaning products.

Outdoors

  • Regular dirt and grime can be removed by sweeping and then hosing the surface.

  • Apply a pH neutral cleaner and water to the stone with a stiff broom to remove heavy dirt.

  • Diluted bleach or special purpose stone cleaner will help keep algae at bay.

Natural Stone Tile FAQs

Are stone tiles suitable for around a salt water or chlorine pool?

All our outdoor stone is suitable around a chlorine pool. For salt water pools, all stone, except sandstone is suitable. Salt water environments may degrade the structure of sandstone over time.

Can you help me find a tiler or landscaper?

Yes we can help you get in touch with one, your store can provide a list of local tradespeople. It’s important that you ask to see their work before making a decision.

Are there different grades of natural stone?

YES! Stone is graded on considerations such as colour variation, size of holes, consistency and calibration. At Beaumonts we only import first grade materials.

What is the difference between stone tiles and stone pavers?

Stone tiles are between 10mm and 20mm thick and are much thinner than our 30mm stone pavers. Tiles must be laid on a solid substrate such as a concrete slab while the pavers can be laid on road base and sand.

Is stone slippery around a pool?

Many stone tiles are suitable around a pool, especially those with a textured finish. Learn more about slip ratings.

Will all my tiles look exactly the same?

No. One of the beautiful characteristics of a natural product is that no two pieces are the same. This will give your installation a unique look and in a practical sense, any variation will help to mask dirt.

Do I have to seal the stone even if it is a dark colour?

We recommend sealing all stone tiles as it makes cleaning much easier.

Is stone flooring cold?

There is a common misperception that a stone floor is colder than any other tile floor. This is not the case and we are confident you will find Stone is no different in temperature or holding warmth to any tile flooring. A Stone floor also will support a standard under tile heating solution.