Natural Stone Tiles

Natural Stone Tiles

 natural stone tiles at the tiledealer for the lowest prices in the UK

Natural Stone Tiles Collection

 
 

The beauty and sheer versatility of 
natural stone – from marble to slate, 
limestone to granite – has been admired for many thousands of years.

There are three kinds of rock types:
Igneous – solidified magma or lava formed 
after volcanic activity.  Extremely hard.  
Examples: granite, basalt.
Sedimentary – weathering of existing rocks 
produced sediment which settled in layers and 
gradually ‘lithified’ (turned to stone) by compaction 
and cementation.  Examples: limestone, travertine. 
Metamorphic – Metamorphism is the 
transformation of one rock type into another, 
brought about by heat, pressure or chemically 
active fluids.  Examples: Marble (originally 
limestone or dolostone), slate (previously 
sedimentary shale or mudstone) 
Textures and finishes:
Brushed – the stone’s surface is brushed with 
rotary diamond pads, resulting in a textured 
finish to the surface and rounded edges.
Cushioned, pillowed – where the straight 
edges of a tile have been rounded and 
softened.
Filled – where voids, pits and holes (a natural 
characteristic of some stone) have been filled 
with a resin to create a smooth surface.  
Honed – a machine process which results in a 
smooth, matt surface.
Lightly polished – the surface is polished to a 
softly reflective sheen rather than a high gloss.
Polished – where the surface is buffed by 
machine, resulting in an even, smooth and 
highly reflective surface.
Tumbled – the surfaces of the stone have been 
textured, worn and weathered by contact with 
abrasive materials.
Unfilled – where the pits and voids within 
travertine tiles have not been filled.  These can 
be grout-filled during installation