Stone Floor Installation & Repairs, Domestic & Commercial Wall & Floor Restoration, Stone Staircase Restoration
There is not much to equal the beauty and longevity of a real stone floor, for your kitchen, hall or bathroom, and contrary to popular belief it’s not that difficult to lay it yourself! So if you’re feeling brave have a go:-
- Prepare Prepare Prepare! This is the most important rule within DIY, as you will always regret it if you rush or bypass this stage. If you are installing stone tiles in a new build, a layer of concrete can be poured to create a level subfloor. You can hire a cement mixer here to make light work of this step. A remodelled floor however, will need a purpose designed, water resistant backer board.
- Measure Up and Buy: Multiply the length of the floor by the width and add 10 – 15% more so there are enough for cutting any small pieces, and don’t forget to buy the appropriate adhesive.
- Lay That Tile: It’s best to start laying the tile from the middle of the space, so that cut tiles only appear at the edges. Make sure the last tiles you lay are in an inconspicuous place as these could be uneven. Work out the layout of rough cut natural stone flooring before placing the smaller pieces in between larger flagstones. A hammer may be used to break off these small pieces.
- Securing: Once you’ve decided on the layout of your stone tiles, you can mix your adhesive, spreading a thickish layer before fixing the tiles. Use a spirit level to ensure a neat finish with no edges sticking up across all tiles.
- Sealing: When the floor is properly set, apply a good quality stone sealant to protect from stains and scratches and for a fabulous finish.
Once your floor is completed you can celebrate with a nice cup of tea while you admire your handy work! Oh and if you need any repairs or maintenance we can help, or if you don’t feel confident to lay your tiles, call us on 01942 674785 and we will provide you with stunning results!