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How to Purchase Stone? (3) Calculate and Purchase

Updated:2007-11-14 15:22:05

Now, all about grout.

Natural stone tile grout lines are typically filled with un-sanded grout and are usually much thinner than stone tile installations.

Grout can match, contrast or coordinate with your stone tile.

Remember that grout will outline each tile creating a visual picture frame.

If you want the grout to be less noticeable, select a grout that is close in color to the stone.

A contrasting grout color, either darker or lighter, will make the grout lines more visible and thereby will create a checkerboard effect. It’s your move.

Grout colors installed in your home can be slightly different from the sample you viewed at your retailer.

This is due to differences in temperature and humidity during installation.

Even when the same grout color is used, it is also common to see slight differences between the grout used for floor tile in one room and the grout used in an adjacent room.

Exact layouts, type of grout and grout joint widths are determined by the tile setter at the time of installation and are governed by the actual size and shape of the tile, and the exact dimensions of the areas to be covered.

Now, seal the deal.

It is important to note that sealing of natural stone is highly recommended, and that it be performed by a seasoned professional.

Sealing your natural stone flooring makes it less porous, more stain resistant, and protects the stone’s original beauty.

There are different types of sealer depending on your type of stone. We recommend consulting with your retailer about sealing your flooring.

You should also be aware that, once your flooring is installed, you are responsible for maintaining all caulked areas to guard against water damage.

Finally, be calculating! Figure the total cost of natural stone ownership.

The “cost per square foot” of your natural stone flooring is just one component of your entire project cost.

To ensure there are no surprises, and the stone you select fits within your overall project budget, be sure to ask your retailer to calculate the total cost of your floor covering project.

Here’s a list of potential additional expenses you may incur:

  1. Furniture removal/replacement. Some retailers may charge you to remove (and then move back) the furniture in the areas of installation.
  2. Demolition/disposal of old floor covering. Depending on the existing floor covering, this can be an expensive item; also, be sure to include the cost to dispose of the old floor covering.
  3. Subfloor preparation. Depending on the condition of the subfloor, it may require additional work. Make sure you get consultation on this.
  4. Product delivery. Delivering the natural stone and installation materials to your home may or may not be included in the price you’re quoted.
  5. Natural stone installation. Determine the cost per square foot to install it.
  6. Materials required to complete the installation. Your new natural stone flooring may require additional materials to install it properly. Ask your retailer to explain.
  7. Financing. Many retailers offer financing; financing is not an additional cost but rather an option of payment.

Also, don’t forget to ask the retailer and consult the manufacturer’s warranty and care guide for directions on how frequently your floor should be cleaned and the cost to clean it.

There’s a lot to know and consider before buying your natural stone floor, but it’s well worth the effort.

Natural stone flooring is a timeless surface that brings value to any home. We hope this section has brought value to your shopping experience.

 

source: World Floor Covering Association (WFCA)

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