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Ways to use marble in your home

25.06.2020
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How to maintain a Marble Staircase

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Why Choose Surrey Marble and Granite?

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Benefits of a new Kitchen Worktop

28.02.2020
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Choosing the Right Floor Tiles for your Home

Stone floors can be made of large slabs, small slabs or thin tiles. In many cases, tiles are the best choice as they’re economical, lighter and easy to install over existing floor structures. With an enormous range of colours, textures and materials available, limestone tiles are a great choice for any home.

Colour, Style and Texture

Thanks to modern engineering technologies, there are natural stone tiles and processed stone to suit any style and budget. Creating a stone floor has never been easier. As tiles come in a standard range of sizes and can also be cut to fit, it’s easy to create a unique and beautiful stone floor. Tiles let you combine different stones or several colours from the same range to create a pattern that suits you.

While stone floors are traditionally uniform, stone tiles can form almost any pattern. In open plan kitchen areas, tiles in a contrasting colour can be used to delineate the edge of the kitchen, or to create a visual boundary. Many people like to have steps and edges in a different colour to make them more visible. If you’re restoring a period property, then you can recreate the elegance of a bygone age. Marble or limestone bathroom tiles are a great way to create a practical family room with a sophisticated touch.

Creating a Stone Floor in an Existing Home

Depending on the structure of your home, a traditional stone slab floor may not be suitable. If you require access to underfloor areas, perhaps to maintain pipes or cables, then a slab floor can be inconvenient. Stone slabs can also be relatively heavy, which can cause problems for upper storeys and weaker structures.

Stone tiles provide the same durable, practical and beautiful effects as stone slabs, but at a much lower weight per square meter. As a result, they’re an excellent choice for upper floors, as well as walls and even work surfaces. As an example, limestone bathroom tiles can be used to cover the floor and the walls, creating a sealed wet room and preventing damage to the structure of the building.

Practical Considerations

It’s important to choose the right stone and finish for each use. As stone is so hard, it takes a highly polished finish very well. High gloss marble can be seen in palaces and monuments from Blenheim to the Taj Mahal, but it can also be slippery. Subtle ridges, a rougher texture or a less polished finish can all make stone floors safer, particularly in a damp bathroom.

Matching stone is another consideration. Natural stone can vary considerably, even within a single slab. As a result, it’s nearly impossible to create a visually seamless floor. Using tiles avoids this problem, as the grouting provides a natural visual break. Tiles also give you the chance to mix and match, creating a simple or complex pattern.

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Choosing a new worktop can be a difficult decision. You will need to take into account your preferences, suitability and budget. There are many great natural stones from which you can choose, all with their own advantages but one to consider is limestone. There are many advantages to this stone, which will be explored below. Stunning to look at Limestone worksurfaces are very attractive and can be a great way to bring a room together. The limestone will be prepared and shaped the way that you have specified so that […]

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Refurbishing your home is an investment in so many ways. Not only could it add value when you want to resell, but the satisfaction it can give to its residents is unparalleled. Your kitchen, in particular, is an area you spend so much time in, it deserves some attention. Your kitchen worktop is usually in constant use. If it’s not being used to cook, it’s typically loaded with bags and keys. A new worktop isn’t expensive and can make a huge difference to the room. If you feel that your […]

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Kitchen worktops, as we know them today, started to appear around 1920 yet marble was in use throughout the home long before that. At Surrey Marble and Granite we often work on period properties and are fascinated by the details of home decoration and embellishment we see in these beautiful houses. Marble and granite have been known for their strength and beauty for thousands of years, yet some of the forms you see today are really quite new. Here’s our short jog through the history of marble.

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