Should a professional tiler install a natural stone floor?

Laying a natural stone floor is a skill; therefore it is worth contacting a number of specialist stone tilers to get competitive quotes. Your stone floor will be down for years to come, so you only want to lay the stones once. A professional tiler will already have the right equipment including a diamond blade wet wheel cutter to shape each stone tile.

Can I lay natural stone tiles over wooden floor boards?

If you are installing natural stone tiles over sound floorboards, then you need to create a very firm base by laying 15-18mm WBP (Water Boil Proof) Plywood over the top and screw it down every 30cm. In some circumstances you may wish to use 2 layers of 9mm WBP Plywood, which are cross-laid and screwed down every 30cm centres.

Can stone be laid onto any surface?

A concrete base is perfect for laying natural stone tiles onto. Make sure it is level and flat. Unfortunately stone cannot be laid onto a “floating floor” but for more information on tiling onto other substrates, you should consult your tiler or

Is this a DIY job?

Laying a natural stone floor requires specialist equipment such as a diamond wheel to cut the tiles. For the best results, experienced tilers should install natural stone flooring and follow both British Standards and manufacturers instructions. If you are experienced at DIY then you may wish to prepare the sub-floor ready for the professional to complete the tiling.

Is it the same technique used as laying ceramic tiles?

No. Natural stone floors must be laid on a solid bed of adhesive. An even layer of adhesive should be applied and then furrowed with a notched trowel. Each tile needs to be “bedded in” which means that all of the back of the tile is in contact with the adhesive. A wet wheel diamond blade is required to cut the tiles. It does take a little more care to install and seal natural stone floors but the end results are definitely worth it.

Is special adhesive required?

Yes. Direct-Stone-Tiles Direct recommends a range of adhesives, which are specially developed for natural stone. If you are laying onto a wooden floor or plan to have underfloor heating then you must use a flexible adhesive and grout. If you have a light colour stone then you should use a white adhesive and for dark stones you should use a grey adhesive. Luckily Direct-Stone-Tiles Direct can provide you with all the sundries you need and deliver them to your door with your stone tiles. Your tiler should follow closely all the manufacturers instructions.for all the products they are using.

Is special grout required?

Yes. Direct-Stone-Tiles recommends a range of grouts, which is specially developed for natural stone. If you are laying onto a wooden floor or plan to have underfloor heating then you must use a flexible grout. When the grout is applied it should be applied across the whole surface of the tile to avoid “picture framing” and then completely wiped off and the surface thoroughly washed.

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