Q1.What Is Natural Stone?
Q2.Why Use Natural Stone In Your Home?
Q3.How Do Natural Stone Tiles Differ From Ceramic Tiles?
Q4.Where Do Your Natural Stones Come From?
Q5.Isn't Natural Stone Prohibitively Expensive?
Q6.How Do I Keep My Stone Clean?
Q7.How Often Do I Have To Seal My Stone?
Q8.Will Natural Stone Make For A Cold Floor?
Q9.Can I Use Underfloor Heating With Stone?
Q10.Can I Get A Quote Over The Phone?
Q11.Can I See A Sample?
ANS.1.Natural stone is a completely natural substance.
It comes straight out of the ground and is made up of crystals,
which are made up of minerals. These crystals lock together to
form the stone. When it's quarried from the earth, stone is very
rough as it breaks along where the crystals join each other. Natural
stone comes from one of three different rock types.
Igneous — Formed when the Earth's magma cools and the minerals
crystallize. When this cooling takes place deep in the earth's
crust, it can take millions of years. The resulting crystals are
extremely large. Granite is formed in this way.
Sedimentary — Formed when minerals in water settle on the
bottom. Over time, these layers of sediment build up. And the
pressure of the water turns it into rock. Limestone is formed
in this way, so can actually contain animal and plant fossils.
Metamorphic — Formed when one type of rock is subjected
to such intense temperatures and pressures, that another type
of rock is formed altogether. Marble is created in this way from
limestone. And Slate from shale.
ANS.2. Natural stone is hard wearing, beautiful
and timeless. It has a luxurious look and feel, yet is affordable
and easy to maintain. The question shouldn't really be 'why use
natural stone?' The question should be 'why would you want to
use anything else?
ANS.3.Ceramic tiles are artificial, that is to
say, they are man made. Aside from cutting, the only force to
have helped craft stone tiles is Mother Nature. Rarely are man
made materials as unique or as durable as natural stone. And whilst
ceramic tiles that have been scratched or stained, stone tiles
can simply be restored to their original splendour.
ANS.4. The easy answer is the earth's crust! But
at Natural Stone Direct we source our stone from quarries all
over the world.
ANS.5. Whether you decide to let admirers on to
this little secret or not, natural stone is not just for the extremely
rich. Technological advances and improved methods of quarrying
and importing mean that natural stone products are within almost
ANS.6. You should wipe up any spills immediately,
particularly acidic liquids such as juice or alcohol. And you
should take care to regularly sweep dirt from stone floors to
prevent scratching. It's a myth that natural stone is difficult
to maintain. With just a little bit of care, your natural stone
will retain its beauty and strength over time. Please see our
Aftercare and Maintenance Section for more information, or Contact
Natural Stone Direct for advice.
ANS.7.This depends on how much you use your stone
and how clean you keep it. Generally speaking, you should only
have to reseal your stone about three to five years or so. Some
products you should never have to seal at all, after the initial
ANS.8. No stone is wonderful at heat transference
and retains heat for long periods. If you have a well insulated
house with modern central heating system then a stone floor will
normally be a few degrees below the ambient temperature of a room.
ANS.9. Yes. There are underfloor heating systems
for every type of floor covering, including natural stone. Whilst
a stone floor will be no colder than room temperature, underfloor
heating will create added warmth. Our team of professional tile
fixers can install underfloor heating systems for you.
ANS.10. Yes. Yes if you can give us approximate
measurements, we will be able to give you a rough idea of the
cost. Or, you can send us an email to request a quote online.
A site survey will give you the most accurate quote of all.
Contact Natural Stone Direct
request a Free no obligation site survey.
ANS.11. Yes we'd be glad to send you a 10cm x
10cm Free Sample. We charge for full size sample tiles plus posting
costs. We would offset these charges against any order we receive.