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Stone Floors

Stone floors are installed in the same way as tile flooring. Stone floors can be installed over some existing floor types including vinyl, stone and tile so long as these surfaces are structurally sound. Before installing, always make sure that it’s approved by the manufacturer. Otherwise you risk voiding your floors’ warranty. Note that if there is evidence of the presence of asbestos, you should not remove old flooring without professional supervision. Some flooring professionals may recommend that you install a plywood underlayment over the floor before putting your new stone floors down.

A tip when laying down stone floors is using sanded grout when installing tiles that have grout joints larger than 1/8″. If grout joints are smaller than 1/8″, use unsanded grout. In order to make stone floor tiles fit inside the installation area, there’s good chance that you’ll have to cut the tiles. Use nippers or a rail saw when making curved cuts. Wet and dry tile saws are used for diagonal and straight cuts. Floor professionals suggest using stone tiles from multiple cases during the installation. The end result will be a floor that has a balanced color variation.

Before you can lay down stone tiles, you’ll need to first prepare the subfloor. This means ensuring that the subfloor is free from gaps and dips. You can sand down wood subfloors to make them level. A concrete backer unit (CBU) should be installed with a all wood subfloors before installing the new stone floors.

Laying stone can be relatively simple if you have the proper tools and a detailed manual from a floor professional. Stones should be installed beginning in the center of the room and working your way out to each wall. You should lay down stone tiles before setting them in place with adhesive, just to see how they’ll fit together in the room. Once you have the layout established, you can begin to mix the mortar. Always mix mortar according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Spread the mortar onto the subfloor with a notched trowel and then set the tiles into the mortar, adding spacers if needed. The mortar may skin over, so lay down the stone tiles as quickly as possible.

Once the mortar has had time to properly set, you can start to grout the stone floor joints. Before beginning the grout process, sweep and vacuum the stone floors until they’re clear of dirt and debris. Like the mortar, the grout has a quick drying time and should be mixed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The grout can be spread over the face of the newly installed stone floors.

Note that these are just some tips and tricks on laying stone flooring. To determine how much stone flooring you’ll need for your installation project, use an online floor estimator tool.

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