How to Shop for Natural Stone Mosaic

Natural stone mosaic beautifies your home and makes a statement about your personality. When it comes to flooring, nothing really compares to stone - with its great look and strong character it makes a powerful impression on anyone who sees it. What’s more, natural stone’s permanence ensures that it will stand the test of time and never become outdated.

Shopping for stone mosaic doesn’t have to be difficult. You just have to keep in mind a few things about the properties of natural stone, and to understand the products you’re being offered.

Porosity

Each natural stone has a porosity, which signifies the size and the amount of the pores in a stone. The porosity of the stone has an impact on its stain resistance, as well as on its strength. Porous stones such as marble and limestone need to be cleaned and sealed often. At the other end of the spectrum, granite and slate are harder and denser, and tend to be more resistant to damage and require less maintenance. But this doesn’t mean that porous stones are bad investments. Only that they need to be maintained differently.

Outdoors/Indoors

It’s important to know where you will put the stone mosaic before you buy it. Some manufacturers offer specially treated stone mosaic varieties that are made to withstand bad weather, and thus are a great choice for patios or walkways. Spending your money on these varieties will turn out to be a great long term investment.

Particularities

Each type of natural stone has its own particularities.

  • Marble’s stain resistance and toughness can vary considerably from one variety to another. If you’ve made up your mind to buy marble, ask the provider for guidance in choosing the right variety for your needs. Generally, when buying marble, it’s good to get the highest quality you can afford, as the difference in quality between a cheaper marble and expensive one can be considerable.
  • Travertine is an alternative to marble, having roughly the same look but being more affordable.
  • Limestone mosaics cut from the same slab show little variation in color, unlike other natural stones. If you want your mosaics to maintain a consistent color, limestone might be the right choice for you.
  • Granite is generally more scratch-resistant than marble, making it a good choice for mosaics in family kitchens or bathrooms, or any other areas that are going to be used a lot.
  • When shopping for stone mosaics be careful with samples, because they don’t always give you the true measure of what you’re buying. Don’t buy immediately after seeing a small sample. Insist on being showed more.

Installation

Finally, you need to think about the installation of your mosaics. Although, natural stone mosaics can easily be damaged during a bad installation. The installation is usually difficult and demanding, and for it to be carried out perfectly it requires experienced hands. What’s more, a substrate will have to be laid beforehand, and this needs to be done well, else it might cause you problems later on. So it’s best to leave the installation to a professional.

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Victoria 3 years ago

Got a near-twin to that heater, diffnreet color, no LED temp readout, but it's clearly made by the same company. Ran it on the local winter-blend of diesel here, and could only say that it works great ~when it works~ If it's too cold for it, you hit the power switch, the fan starts, runs for 5 seconds or so, and then stops. The diesel is puddled up inside the burn chamber, and never ignites. (it's ~not~ gelling up) Gotta take the cover off, wipe down what you can, blow out the rest and try again


Marcelo 3 years ago

Since the husband gave the green light to reindelmog our kitchen, I have spent every night since November pouring over cabinet, backsplash, and countertop styles and colors usually into the wee hours. My problem is, since I live in a part of the country with narrow, traditional design ideas (gold is still popular-blech!), I wouldn't find a designer here that I trust. So that leaves my brain strangled with choices and options and design algorithms. I'm losing my mind! In the beginning, I fell in love with a backsplash tile with hints of blue-gray. I thought I wanted white cabinets, because the overall feel I want is "airy" and "beachy." Like the Something's Gotta Give kitchen. But somehow I forgot, and ordered a kitchen-full of tasteful, but NOT WHITE, cabinet in a pewter-tone stain and wash. I like it because it's different, and the color spoke to me. I love taupe on white and how it feels. But now I don't have white cabinets arriving this Friday, so I feel I need to compensate by having white countertops, which I love. But that restricts me to quartz, but when I took the door to the granite store, it looked GORGEOUS with a Volga Blue and another somewhat busy black. NOT BEACHY! See? My brain is all twisty and tortured. And the countertop and backsplash decisions are closing in way too fast. Your blog has brought me comfort, if not a tiny bit of clarification. Thanks!

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