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MARBLE

Bring depth and warmth to your home interior with our selection of natural stone tiles. Each tile is uniquely variegated and textured for an authentic feel and tasteful design. Encompassing various traditional grey/white marbles alongside the more dramatic marble shades, an equivalent range of marble tiles is impossible to find elsewhere. With beautifully bold veining and delicate mottling, our marble floor and wall tiles give an extravagant feel to any interior space.

Marble Tiles

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LIMESTONE

Limestone tiles are both stunning and durable, available in a gorgeous range of colours. Hard-wearing & high-quality, limestone is suitable for both floors & walls in bathrooms, kitchens & elsewhere. Offering a wide range of beautiful natural tones from light to dark, our limestone tile collection includes many unique formats and designs. Choose from traditional and durable limestone floor and wall tiles in a range of finishes, from honed to tumbled offerings and more. Shop the full collection below.

Limestone Tiles

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SLATE

Slate floor tiles are the perfect choice for striking interior design. Natural variation means that no two pieces of slate flooring are the same, which makes for an instantly unique space. The consistent colour of our Brazilian Slates is perfect for contemporary homes, while the riven varieties with a textured surface lend themselves to a more rustic and traditional interior.

slate Tiles

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SPLITFACE

Fast becoming a firm favorite, the uses for Split Face Stone Mosaics are becoming as varied as the natural stone they are fabricated from. Manufactured by combining smaller pieces of stone to produce interlocking panels with various depths, this heavily structured natural stone tile is highly versatile in creating en-trend designs and spaces. Ideal for use in kitchens, bathrooms and as a feature wall in living ares, although not suitable for areas in direct contact with water such as showers. These Split Face Tiles are available in White Sparkle Carrara Marble, Black Sparkle Quartzite, Grey Slate, Oyster Quartzite and Multicolour Slate.

split face Tiles

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TRAVERTINE

Travertine tiles are endlessly versatile, adding unique colours wherever they’re placed. Choose from tumbled or honed travertine tiles to create a natural stone design truly unique to you.

Natural travertine tiles come in a range of different colours, textures and finishes, there really is something to suit all projects and stay within budget.

Travertine Tiles

Stone effect porcelain tiles have a structured and natural textured surface that is suitable for use indoors and outdoors. The durability of stone effect porcelain tiles means that they are made from high-quality porcelain and are great for use in high traffic areas and will stand the test of time. With advanced inkjet printing technology, it means that stone effect tiles can be produced to look incredibly realistic. The stone effect is so close to looking like natural stone that many won’t be able to tell the difference. The veining and intricate details found in the likes of marble or granite can now be replicated using these advanced printing methods to create porcelain tiles that look as beautiful as the real thing. New to our Italian range is a Step wise technology allowing the tiles to maintain a high slip rating but also having a soft touch. In addition to this there is now the possibilities of being able to create a tumbled more natural looking edge compared to a straight edge if preferred on some of our selected porcelain tiles. In Exeter we have a vast range of stone effect porcelain tiles from Spain and Italy.

We have a large selection of stone in both Exeter and Somerset showrooms.

We show lots of honed and tumbled limestone, polished and honed marble, slate, sandstone and honed and travertine.

Sealing natural stone flooring

Sealing natural stone flooring such as limestone is essential not only to help prevent stains, but also to protect and enhance the surface of the tile. We’re proud suppliers of the ROCATEX range of natural stone tile sealers, to assist with the care and maintenance of limestone flooring.

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Sealants for natural stone flooring are available in two types, impregnating sealants and water based sealants.  Both types of sealant will protect natural stone floor tiles from water ingress, dirt and staining.

Types of sealant for natural stone floor tiles

An impregnating stone sealer is spirit based and seals just below the surface, without altering the characteristic of the tile. While they can strengthen the floor tile and prevent staining, this kind of stone sealer will not protect the tile’s surface from wear and will not generally alter the colour or appearance of the stone.

For surface wear protection or to achieve an alternative finish, a surface sealer should be used, and these types of stone sealants are usually water based. Choosing the appropriate sealant for your natural stone will depend upon where it is to be used and the appearance you wish to achieve.

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Choosing the right natural stone sealer

Both water-based and spirit-based limestone sealers perform well on their own merits. For environmental reasons, water based stone sealants are increasing in popularity, but spirit based are still favoured for ease of application and suitability of sealing limestone and natural stone floors in wet areas both inside and outside.

The ROCATEX Natural Finish impregnating stone sealer is the most popular in the range, giving a matt finish and stain protection. To enrich the matt appearance, you can combine this with the ROCATEX Colour Enhancing sealer, which can be used for both interior and exterior tiles.

To alter or enhance the natural look and texture of your tile, the ROCATEX Surface Satin sealer is suitable for sealing limestone floor tiles, sandstone, slate and travertine.

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How to seal limestone and natural stone floor tiles

Natural stone is porous and it is therefore necessary to protect natural stone flooring and tiles from water ingress and dirt to prevent damage, staining and to maintain the appearance of floors.

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Cleaning natural stone flooring and tiles prior to sealing

Sealing natural stone tiles will trap surface dirt and dust deposits and therefore it is important to thoroughly clean natural them before they are sealed.  Rocatex recommend cleaning natural stone tiles by the following method prior to sealing.

1.  Dilute 1 part Rocatex Tile and Stone Renovator fluid with 10 parts of clean warm water.

2.  Apply the diluted cleaning solution to the surface of the stone floor tile using a clean cloth or sponge.

3.  Using a stiff brush or a Rocatex White Emulsifying Pad agitate the surface to release residual dust, dirt and grime.

4.  Rinse the stone tile with clean water.

5.  Allow the surface of the stone floor tile to dry completely, a minimum of 24 hours before applying the sealant is recommended.

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Pre-sealing natural stone tiles prior to laying and grouting

Before you fix and grout limestone or natural stone floor tiles it is advisable to pre-seal them, by applying one or two coats of your chosen stone sealer and leaving to dry thoroughly in accordance with the instructions. This will help to protect the surface of your stone floor tiles and prevent any adhesive or grout residue getting trapped in the tiles’ surface pores.

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Final sealing of limestone and natural stone floor tiles

After your stone floor tiles have been fixed and grouted, you can completely seal and protect your tiles. Most types of natural stone will need two or three further coats, but very porous stone types may require more applications.  Final sealing of limestone and other types of natural stone flooring will not only protect the tiles but also help to prevent the grout or pointing from becoming stained or damaged by water ingress.

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Caring for sealed limestone and natural stone flooring

To prolong the life of your natural stone tiles, regular maintenance and cleaning is essential and natural stone floors will need resealing every three to five years depending on traffic and usage.  If is also worth noting that cleaning natural limestone and other types of natural stone flooring with household detergents is not recommended as they can damage the protective sealant layer and may even damage or stain stone floor tiles.

 

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