If you and your team would like to know more about British stone, please register with us for a CPD session. Bookings are now being taken.
Expect to be enlightened about the benefits of using British stone versus imported stones; what to look out for when specifying stone; finishing techniques that make all the difference and see and feel examples of what can be achieved from our home grown stone.
CPD Attendee Feedback: "I have a greater understanding of British stone, including the benefits / value in comparison to foreign stones. I also now better understand the range of British stones available and the different finishing techniques. It was particularly useful to have such a good selection of physical samples - it was much easier to appreciate the different properties by looking at and touching actual examples."
If you have a specific interest area, please discuss it with us and we will tailor the session accordingly for you.
With over 25 years’ experience of working with stone it isn’t surprising that no one knows British stone better. Working with designers and architects we’ve amassed a wide range of experience from high end residential through to conservation projects. We are happy to provide you with advice and as many samples as you require to complete your projects.
The best results come from our personal service and attention to detail. We prefer to meet on site to discuss the project and follow up on site with sample panels.
As our products are made to order we recommend providing you with a selection of project specific samples from which to make a final selection. To request individual samples please browse and add samples from our Products or alternatively, should you already know the stone sample you require, please contact us.
Created with designers in mind, our complimentary sample case is available for on-going reference and is a useful design tool when making an initial tone/shade selection click here to request your case.
MAINTENANCE OF NATURAL STONE FLOORS
Caring for a natural stone floor is not as difficult as you may think. Following this simple guidance will help you to keep your floor looking its best for years to come.
Vacuum or sweep the floor regularly to remove any dust and grit. For best practice this should be followed by washing the floor to remove any residual dirt and grease.
We recommend using a specialist natural stone cleaning product which is PH neutral. Proprietary household cleaners should be avoided as they will erode the protective sealant and increase the porosity of the flooring, thereby reducing its ability to repel spillages and stains.
Even with regular cleaning it is natural that dust and grime will build up over the years. We recommend an intensive clean to remove ingrained dirt and grease is carried out every 3-4 years depending on the amount of foot traffic and where the floor is located.
Once installed your floor will be coated with a protective sealant. Depending on the type of stone, some floors will benefit from re-sealing every 2-3 years. You will be able to tell if the floor needs re-sealing after washing it. If the water leaves marks or darkens the stone for a period of time afterwards, this indicates that the stone is absorbing moisture and would therefore benefit from re-sealing.
Please contact us for further advice on maintenance and recommended cleaning products.
Are all stones available in the same finishes?
No, there are some variations depending on the specific stone, application and desired look. We can also create bespoke finishes to suit an individual project.
Please see individual product pages for the list of recommended finishes for each particular stone. These finishes are recommended to enhance the natural characteristics of each stone.
Will the sample be exactly the same as the finished product?
The samples we provide give a general indication of the stone colour and patterning. As with any natural product, the precise patterning and colour tone of some stones may vary and no two pieces are exactly the same. To help our clients decide, we can provide large sample panels of grouted tiles which give an overall indication of how the finished product will look.
What are the standard sizes available?
Please refer to the standard formats section for the most popular layouts. Typically internal flooring is 20mm thick and external from 30mm for solid substrate installation. Each product page has details of the maximum sizes available for that particular stone. Bespoke sizes can be created to suit individual project requirements - please call or email us to discuss your requirements: firstname.lastname@example.org +44 (0) 1935 847333
Do your products need sealing after installation?
Yes all natural stone floors should be sealed after installation to protect the stone and make maintenance easier. A natural stone floor will also benefit from re-sealing every 3-5 years as part of a routine maintenance programme. We recommend engaging a professional stone specialist to do this.
Is a natural stone floor difficult to maintain?
A regular cleaning and maintenance programme will help keep a natural stone floor looking its best. The amount of cleaning required will depend upon the amount of use the floor receives and the area it is in. As a general guide a regular dry brush up as part of your normal cleaning regime followed by wet cleaning will suffice. However, proprietary household cleaners including washing up liquid, must not be used as they can weaken the surface structure and break down the sealant, leaving the stone susceptible to discolouration, staining and damage. We recommend using a special PH neutral stone floor cleaner.
Any spillages on a natural stone floor should be mopped up immediately.
Can natural stone flooring be used with underfloor heating?
Yes. For best results we recommend using a movement decoupling membrane with underfloor heating.
Do you offer an installation service?
Yes we can offer installation if required. Please contact us to discuss via email email@example.com or call us on +44 (0) 1935 847333.
What is the lead time from placing an order?
Our standard leadtime for delivery is 6 weeks from placing an order. However, we will wherever possible, aim to accommodate a shorter delivery timescale.
Where can I see your products?
By pre-arranged appointment at our base in Yeovil, Somerset. Alternatively we can arrange for large project specific sample panels to be brought to site. Please contact us by email or phone to arrange: firstname.lastname@example.org +44 (0) 1935 847333.
Aged – lightly fettered edges with a smooth surface
Ancient – lightly fettered edges and smooth grain
Antiqued – fettered edges with a smooth, undulating surface
Bed – a natural layer of sedimentary rock defined by a change in geological structure
Blooming – often a result of either poor sealant trapping moisture beneath or minerals from the substrate leaking through the stone
Bookmatched – two adjoining pieces of stone which mirror each other giving the impression of an open book, most impressive with heavily veined marbles
Bullnose – semi-circle rounded edge step profile
Bush Hammered – Texture is consistent and uniformly distributed across the surface. This finish is well suited to low slip areas. Available with either square or chipped edges
Calcite Vein – natural veining in the stone created by recrystallized calcium carbonate. They are an inherent part of a stone’s natural beauty and do not represent any structural weakness
Calibrated – tiles produced to a uniform thickness
Cappings – weather protective stone wall capping which can either be overhanging or flush to the wall
Cavetto – concave quarter round moulding
Chamfer – 45° bevel applied to an edge, size of bevel can vary
Cobble – a small unit with cropped/cleft faces at uniform thickness, 50+mm thick
Copings – weather protective overhanging stone wall covering with drip grooves
Corten – flamed and brushed to highlight natural markings
Country Cobble – a small unit with cropped/cleft faces at variable thickness, cropped 40 - 75+mm thick
Cross Overs – large cobble-like slabs used in entrances likely to receive heavier traffic
Decoupling membrane – matting which absorbs tension between substrate and floor tiles preventing cracking. Also helps to evenly spread heat from underfloor heating systems
Distressed – rounded and fettered edges with a smooth, flat surface finish which is hand-applied to recreate the appearance of old flagstones
Downstand – deeper section at the front of a worktop
Dot and Dab – where adhesive/mortar is only applied to sections of the tile surface area instead of completely covering the tile with an even layer which is the traditional method. Results in poor adhesion and areas without adhesive will be weaker and more likely to crack under pressure and can result in blooming on the surface of the stone
Drip Groove – a groove on the underside of a coping or sill to prevent water running along the underside of the stone
Fine Grosgrain - a bespoke finish, please contact us for details
Flamed – stone is subjected to high temperature flame and then quickly cooled producing a rough but consistent texture
Flamed Plus - a bespoke finish, please contact us for details
Flat Matt - a bespoke finish, please contact us for details
Flush Flamed - a bespoke finish, please contact us for details
Flexible Bedded – tiles and slabs laid onto loose grit or sand without any adhesive/mortar
Free Stone – stone which can be cut in any direction as it has no natural bed
Gauged – grinding/cutting process to make all pieces of stone the same width or thickness
Haunched – bedding material is raised up the sides of the tile or slab
Honed – square, clean edges with a very smooth, flat surface
Jamb – side post of a fireplace, door or window frame
Leather – square edges with a smooth pitted surface
Matt Honed – square, clean edges with a very smooth, flat surface
Mellowed – rounded edges with a flat and smooth surface aging
Ogee – concave step edge profile
Patera – square edges with a coarse honed surface finish, sometimes referred to as fine rubbed. This finish is well suited to low slip areas
Patinated – a unique blend of processes creating edges that are lightly fettered and a surface that is smooth and predominantly flat with slight undulations to create an aged appearance
Pavers – sawn either 5 or 6 sides up to 50mm thick
Paviors – honed generally 2cm, smaller units for a brick effect format internally
Pedestals – used for dry installation of paving where flexibility or open space for pipes and drainage is required underneath
Pencil Round – a small even round applied to an edge
Pitchers – random size narrow strips 5cm thick
Picture framing - occurs when the tile surface hasn’t been sealed correctly prior to grouting or fully wash grouted. Grout seeps into the tile creating a dark border around the edges
Pre-grout sealer – applied to flooring before grouting to avoid staining or marking of tiles
Random length – courses of even widths and random lengths
Riven – a rough, natural and uneven finish created when stones are skilfully cleft by hand along the natural bed layer
Rustic – chipped edges with a combination of smooth and textured surfaces
Satino - a bespoke finish, please contact us for details
Sawn – sharp clean cut edge
Setts – sawn 6 sides 60+mm thick
Silk Honed - a bespoke finish, please contact us for details
Solid Bedded – tiles and slabs fixed directly to a concrete or screeded substrate
Stooled – raised flat sections at either end of a cill or step to support fenestration
Substrate – underlying surface which another material is bonded to
Threshold – strip of floor between door jambs
Throated – see Drip Groove
Travertine – hardwearing, sedimentary limestone with natural pits and voids
Tumbled – stone is tumbled in a drum with small particles which wear the stone to create a naturally aged look and soft edges
Upstand – placed at the back of a worktop where it meets the wall to cover the gap and create a seamless look
Verona – small bullnose with concave ogee shaping beneath
Vintage – chipped edges with a heavily textured, yet smooth, surface. The overall look is worn and soft with an open grain
Wash Grouting – the correct grouting process of covering the entire tile with grout as opposed to the incorrect practice of just filling the joints
Weathering – process which replicates natural wear or exposure to the elements
Worn – hand-finished fettered edges with an uneven, smooth surface finish