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Wood cladding wall exterior

What type of timber cladding? Choosing the right wood cladding wall exterior

In Europe, timber construction is becoming increasingly popular among investors, architects, and contractors. However, there are still many mistakes made when building wooden structures. In order to avoid them, it is enough to follow the most important recommendations of specialists in the industry, and in case of doubt, seek the help of a professional. Below you can find the most important information about the wood cladding wall exterior.

What determines wood cladding system durability?

The strength of our façade depends primarily on the thickness and profile of the panels. The most common profile is a rectangular plank 16mm thick and up to 150mm wide. Planks with rim, imitating a wall made of solid logs, have more varied cross-sections. Typically, boards with rectangular and diagonal cross-sections, as well as bevels, are assembled in an overlapping pattern, so that the top board overlaps the bottom board. All sharp edges and chamfers on the board should be gently rounded because they like to peel, which in turn leads to damage to the paint and moisture penetration into the board.

In the case of wood cladding wall exterior, the boards should keep the outer surface. The impregnate is better absorbed by the surface that has not been sanded, creating better protection against harmful weather conditions. The wood panels should be fastened open side facing outwards.

How to choose the length of wood boards?

Softwood façade boards are available in lengths up to 4.8m. Hardwood planks are available in sizes 2-4 m. Tropical timber cladding, on the other hand, can usually be purchased in sizes from 2.1 to 4.2 m. The length of the boards’ influences what architectural solutions using timber cladding can be implemented.

Wood cladding wall exterior – which type to choose?

Horizontal siding

For wood cladding wall exterior, it is best to use horizontal siding. There are several ways to do this: overlapping, flange overlapping, open joint and tongue and groove.

The width of the boards should not exceed 150 mm, and the width of the overlay should be at least 25 mm. 25 mm. It is recommended that a gap of about 2 mm should be kept between the boards to prevent warping.

An open joint is formed by maintaining a gap between the individual façade boards. In this case, parallelogram planks are used, but the plank profiles can vary.

An open façade does not provide adequate protection against the weather and UV rays. To protect the layers under the open façade, use the wooden panels with partially chamfered longitudinal edges. Keep an open joint between the boards, i.e. 8-15 mm distance between the chamfered edges of the boards. This will reduce the harmful effects of sunlight.

For tongue and groove boards, do not use boards wider than 125 mm and the tongue length should be min. 10 mm. There should be a 2mm gap between the boards. Rounded or chamfered edges will prevent water from getting onto the surface of the cladding. Always install the boards with the tongue facing up.

Diagonal siding

The diagonal boards are laid at a 45 degree angle and fixed to a vertical grid. Two systems are used for board cladding: overlapping joints and tongue and groove joints. The same rules apply as for horizontally laid boards.

Vertical siding

Plank cladding installed vertically has three systems: overlapping, tongue and groove and board-on-board.

Vertical siding usually requires two perpendicular grids, one vertical and one horizontal. The vertical grid is placed on the wall first to ensure proper ventilation under the cladding. The horizontal grid attached to the vertical grid is the base for the wooden cladding.

 

Exterior Wooden Cladding

Is an exterior wooden cladding a good idea?

Exterior wooden cladding, once associated only with traditional country cottages, are now back in favor in modern and stylish architectural designs. What are the characteristics of a wooden facade and what should we pay attention to when choosing one?

Wood cladding panels: what makes them special?

Wood is a unique material – properly finished and properly impregnated it is resistant to changing weather conditions, fungi and insects. Wood is also relatively easy to install and insulates heat very well.

Exterior wooden cladding are valued for their unique appearance – they give buildings charm and coziness. It is a natural and ecological material that harmonizes with nature. Contrary to popular belief, it is not reserved exclusively for classic style buildings. Wood fits perfectly into the modern style and an interestingly designed building, combined with a wooden facade, looks extraordinary and fashionable.

What kind of wood is best for timber cladding?

If you’re considering a exterior wooden cladding, it’s a good idea to find out which species of wood will perform best. The choice of the right material affects, among other things, the durability of the project, resistance to weather conditions, but also the visual effect.

The most popular wood species for facades are among others:

  • Siberian larch – distinguished by its durability, resistance to weather and fungi. Planks made of it have colors ranging from golden honey to brown-red.
  • Meranti – exotic wood, which is easy to process and dries quickly. In case of exterior elevations it is valued for its strength and resistance to fading and abrasion. It comes in colors ranging from light gray-brown to dark red-brown.
  • Red cedar – this tree grows in subpolar climates, so boards made of it are resistant to difficult weather conditions and moisture. It insulates heat perfectly, and thanks to the oils contained in its cells, it retains a long service life – even without the application of preservatives. They are colored from beige to dark brown.

Other popular and appreciated wood species for facade include Scandinavian spruce, tatjuba and okoume.

What to remember: exterior wooden cladding

Choosing the right wooden facade has an impact not only on visual effect, but also on its durability. Exterior cladding Manchester should last for many years, so wood must be resistant to harsh weather conditions, such as high and low temperatures, moisture, water, but also fungi and insects. Proper impregnation is of course crucial.

Equally important is the visual effect, so when you decide on a facade made of wood, think about the choice of color or width of the boards. Match it to the design and style of the building so that it complements it and is consistent with the interior design of the home.

 

Manchester quartz worktops

Quartz Worktops Manchester & Granite Worktops Manchester

Manchester worktops – which quartz / granite worktops company provides the most diverse service in the North West?

Greater Manchester is riddled with stone worktops companies. There are at least 20 companies which deal with production of granite , quartz , dekton and other sintered stone worktops. Many other provide vast other services e.g. only deal with manufacture or fitting. But there is one quartz worktops Manchester & granite worktops Manchester company which specialises in everything: Polish Granite LTD.Manchester granite worktops

Polish Granite are not only the suppliers of high-quality worktops using material from most prominent and renowned quartz & granite slab suppliers (Fugen, Compan, B-Stone, Technistone, Caesarstone, Levantina, Unistone, Silestone, Dekton Cosentino etc), their versatility is much greater than that of the nearby competition!

We purposely contacted them to complete some research for this article, and lo and behold, we learned that apart from selling quartz / granite worktops in Manchester and the rest of UK, Polish Granite also provide a multitude of other services that benefit the locals, as well as those who reside elsewhere.

Let’s list the services that this Manchester worktops company provides:

The basic/primary services:

  1. Granite / quartz worktops – selling, fitting, carrying out templatingManchester quartz worktops. In other words, everything that is expected. When a quote for the granite / quartz worktops is provided, apart from the main worktops, you can also request any other features: draining grooves, upstands, splashbacks, recess areas, rounded corners.
  2. Offcuts – chopping desks, windowsills, coffee tables etc. Whatever you like, and from whatever material (granite / quartz / ceramic)this company can provide from a selected pool of offcuts. Whatever they have available in stock can be chosen, and then cut to size in accordance to your measurements.

The additional services:

  1. Repair/Fixing – polishing, grinding, joining, levelling. If you have received your worktops from some dodgy company back in the day, and now your worktops are suffering, give Polish Granite a call. Their experience enables them to handle various predicaments. Whether your join has cracked or came undone, or you dropped a mug on the edge of your granite and it chipped – they can fix it. And the results are spectacular. Manchester quartz worktops
  2. Sale of cleaning products – anything from granite impregnator sealant to quartz cleaning and protective layer spray. They have it all.
  3. Cleaning/de-staining – this relates to the aforementioned nr. 1 i.e. damage of your existing worktops. If you’ve accidentally stained your worktops with coffee or wine, be sure to seek out the right help of specialists.
  4. Manchester granite worktopsCustom products Production – if you have any special requests/demands then don’t be afraid to ask. This company has never refused a complex service. They have handled massive granite / quartz projects, or executed elaborate worktop designs of vast shapes and sizes. If a custom product peaks you interest, present Polish Granite your plans, and they will handle the rest.

As you can see above, the list of the services is wide, and I’m sure if any of you readers desire something granite / quartz related, you’ll be able to find it with Polish Granite.

Comment down below whether there are any granite / quartz related services out there that are missing above!

Manchester kitchen worktops

Of course, everyone here at AGAM is aware that any funerary services e.g. production of gravestones is missing from Polish Granite’s Manchester offer. However, because this blog is strictly concerned with interior/exterior design, we think that the lack of gravestone service can be excused!

However, one thing that correlates to gravestones, and one that has been popular in the recent influx of interior design trends is the engraving service! And this is frankly what Polish Granite is lacking.

You may be asking how/why that is popular? Well, the answer is straightforward: engraving can be applied to various granite / quartz decorations: benches, tables, cladded walls – this isn’t a very popular method of decor, but it’s very unique. A bunch of different designs, portraits or patterns (not just script), can be inscribed into granite / quartz surfaces – almost resembling the draining grooves on stone worktops. We honestly feel this trend will only continue to grow, but to execute this process professionally, a master engraver is needed!

Manchester kitchen worktops

Another service we can think of is production of stone statues. Once again, for traditional exterior gardens, full of greenery and old-fashioned elements, these are fantastic solutions. But same as above, to execute this production a professional sculptor must be present, an artist with at least a decade of experience in this trade. Therefore we are not surprised so few Manchester quartz / granite worktops companies have this solution on offer.

List below if there’s any other granite or quartz treatment services that we missed and that Manchester companies out there could implement into their offer. We hope you enjoyed reading this article, and that the readers from Manchester will now have an easy pick if they ever search for quartz / granite services!

 

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Quartz Splashback for the kitchen – Is it worth purchasing?

Kitchen Splashbacks – Why are they so important?

When we design our perfect kitchen, when we opt for the right cabinets, the worktops and flooring, we never forget to actually consider what should go on the walls. Indeed, most of the walls will be covered with paint, but what of the wall behind our sink/hob? These ought to always be covered with something other than a bare wall – something more durable. After all, we need to bear in mind that these segments will be constantly subject to liquid splashing. Whether it is grease or oil bouncing from your hot pan, or the water glancing off the dishes in your sink. What you need, in this situation, is a glass/acrylic or quartz splashback.

ceramic splashback

The point is, the walls behind the sink/hob or cooker are continuously exposed to danger, and a wall covered with mere paint will not last long, and will need scraping/repainting within weeks. You need something stronger, something smooth and resistant that will withstand the scrubbing of your sponge, constant humidity or seething oil – in the end, you don’t want to be scraping the flaking paint off every time it comes to a clean.

That’s where the splashbacks come in – and as someone who owns one, I can guarantee that they are worth every penny. Not only will they save you cleaning time, they will also protect the wall, and most even embellish the kitchen! Their aesthetics can fantastically conform with the worktops or the cabinets!

Kitchen Splashbacks – What are the most popular choices available on the market? 

Glass Splashback 

These splashbacks have been commonly implemented into many households across the UK. They are reasonably priced, can come in various colours and are, of course, glossed. You can also purchase them in clear, therefore if you like the colour of your walls, now you can achieve just that. Many companies also offer them in vast thicknesses. The cool quality of these products, is that you can integrate virtually any image within them. A great example I found recently, is in one of my friends’ house – he purchased glass splashbacks but he had them done in an image of bricks. As a result, it looked as though his splashback wall was covered with nothing more but raw bricks. It was a fantastic effect, really cheating the eyes.

The only downfall to these products is that they can be easily damaged. It doesn’t occur very often, but if your pan slides out of your hand or you drop a mug and a ceramic shard hits the splashback, they can break – especially the thinner sizes.

Acrylic Splashback 

Acrylic Splashbacks are essentially products made out of plastic. They are durable and come in a wide palette of shades – therefore pairing them up with your cabinets or worktops is not a problem. Just like their glass equivalents, they are very hygenic, and all they require is a simple swipe with cloth to get off the dirt. They even leave behind less smudges than the glass products, so you don’t need special glass-cleaning detergents.

But above everything else, the production/fitting of these products is not laborious, compared to glass splashbacks, so not only you’ll be waiting less time for creation of custom-made acrylic splashbacks, but due to their light nature, you could have them fitted in an hour. This cannot be said for glass splashbacks, which require extensive man-power, carefulness and a lot of patience to install. From what I’ve read, the longest glass splashback installations for the bigger kitchens can last up to 3-4 hours.

quartz splashback

Another benefit of these products is that they can be amended at any point, if a need arises. So, if you suddenly decide that you’d like a cut-out for some plug sockets, it’s very much doable. Of course, you’d still have to ask for the service of specialist,  but it will take them very little time. A glass, in this circumstance would shatter. Once a glass splashback is in place, not much else can be done to ammend it.

In terms of price, they are much cheaper than glass splashbacks – but this depends entirely on the manufacturers and your bespoke demands.

Quartz Splashback 

Now, despite the above mentioned splashbacks having a lot of great qualities, there is one kind that we cannot recommend enough – a quartz splashback.

These products dominate on the present splashback market. I own one myself,  and after learning the benefits of these products I swapped my old acrylic for this one. But why are they so special? The reasons are many!

    1. A quartz splashback is more resistant and long lasting than glass or acrylics. Because of their quartz + resin blend, they are virtually indestructible. This isn’t just beneficial for accidental impact damage . . . no, these products will outlast glass or acrylic in terms of general longevity. When making research about the nature of quartz splashback, I reached out to a company called Polish Granite who sell these products on a weekly basis. They enlightened us that some of their earliest customers have purchased quartz splashbacks along with quartz worktops, and 14 years later they still remain in pristine condition. This cannot be said for glass or acrylic, which naturally degrade over time, de-colour, scratch or break.
    2. Contrary to belief, a quartz splashback does not fade in colour. Indeed! It’s properties are so well matched that the product will outlive your entire kitchen, and still retain its original hues or patterns.quartz splashback
    3. You can match a quartz splashback with your existing quartz worktop. That’s right, thanks to these products you can now create a seamless whole i.e. make it seem that your worktop essentially climbs up your wall! It’s often believed that because of its weight, a quartz splashback cannot breach a size of more than approx 80cm x 90cm – that’s absolute nonsense! The current trend is to cover the whole wall with the same product as your worktop. See the picture above of a full quartz splashback, which displays my point. Doesn’t it look great? You can finally get a product that’s made of exact same material as your main worktops. It looks seamless, it looks smooth and above all it’s fashionable. Many celebrities, architectures or interior designers opt for this solution in this day and age. It’s an unparalleled effect that cannot be gained with glass or acrylic – unless of course, you get worktops from that same products, which would be highly unpractical.
    4. They too can be amended at any point. So, if all of a sudden you require the whole piece cutting, or desire a socket put in place, that can easily be done. But once more, professionals will need to be involved who arrive at your property with special saws and grinding tools.
    5. Another positive point to mention is that they can be contrasted with your worktops. There are vast quartz varieties out there, so you can mix and match whatever you like. For example, you can choose the Calacatta White marble-lookalike worktops, but then opt for Nero Marquina splashbacks (it’s essentially calacatta veiny design, but in black) which will create a fantastic contrast.

Now, the only minor issues to these products are the following:

A quartz splashback is quite heavy, and it’s installation will require some time + at least 2-3 men. But worry not, I ordered mine along with the new quartz worktops, and the fitters installed everything in a matter of hours. So as long as you choose a reliable company, you don’t need to worry about time spent on fitting.

quartz splashback

Another minor drawback is that they can be more expensive than the glass or acrylic counterparts. But hey, if you’re going to pay £100 more for a product that will outlive glass/acrylic by two decades, then surely it’s money well spent? Think of it as an investment.

So, that’s all we have for today in terms of splashbacks. It may seem that I’m a little biased towards quartz, but I owned 2/3 of these splashback solutions. I also delt with glass ones when renting a flat during university, and did a lot of research to prepare for this topic. Trust me when I say this, nothing can equate to the great qualities of quartz splashbacks.

If you think that none of these suit your agenda, you can always opt for tiles! They have the same function as splashbacks, but are very time consuming to implement, and may cost even as much as a quartz splashback – depending on the type and theme you choose. Nonetheless, in case you want to indulge more in this subject, I’m attaching a link to an article we posted a while back on practical tips related to tiling: Tiles Practical Tips

I hope this guideline has been helpful! Please comment down below which splashback variety is your favourite. Likewise, if you have any questions regarding each type, don’t hesitate to ask.

ceramic worktops cost

How Much Do Ceramic Worktops Cost?

Have you ever wondered whether price for ceramic worktops exceeds that of granit and quartz?

Although all furniture in the kitchen must be made of high quality materials, a worktop should have the highest resistance. After all, we work on them almost every day, preparing meals, coffee, pouring drinks etc. Currently, various materials are used in the production of kitchen worktops, but ceramics deserve special attention. But how much do these sophisticated ceramic worktops cost?

Ceramic worktops for kitchens

Among all the materials used in the production of laboratory worktops, ceramics is considered the best. Ceramic worktops are suitable for the most extreme conditions, with excellent resistance to chemical cleaning products and very high temperatures.

The lack of sensitivity to chemicals makes it possible not only to work freely in the kitchen, but also to maintain a high level of hygiene in the worktop. Ceramics is a non-absorbent material, therefore it is easy to remove any dirt and discolouration from its surface. What is important, even prolonged contact with cleaning agents does not change the structure of the worktop surface.

Ceramic worktops cost – can the great functionality and interior fit excuse the price?

The kitchen worktop made of ceramic tiles offers many possibilities of colour and pattern combinations. A wide range of colours allows you to create a variety of design effects, such as harmonious adjustment to the rest of the kitchen equipment or the combination of individual elements on the basis of contrast. Depending on our preferences, we can also opt for a matt or glossy finish. However, high aesthetic values are not the only advantages of ceramic worktops. They are easy to clean and care for and resistant to scratches that occur during everyday use of the equipment.ceramic worktops cost

Appropriate dimensions will make the worktop functional and the preparation of meals on it – comfortable. Its width should be about 60 cm and its length should be 80 cm. You can also adjust the ceramic worktop to your height, determining its height 15 cm below the crook of the elbow.

So, how much do ceramic worktops cost?

In order to receive a near exact price for ceramic worktops cost, you would have to contact specialists. I highly recommend Polish Granite LTD. I’ve corresponded with them before regarding many stone worktops and they’ve been very helpful, but most of all, informative. Their knowledge is great and they are the true experts when it comes to price. I would say it all depends entirely on the type and size of your kitchen, the material you choose and your specific demands.

Ceramic materials are industrially manufactured, but unlike quartz, ceramic worktops are 100% natural. The production process of ceramic worktops is more complex and time-consuming, resulting in higher prices. As a result, the ceramic worktops cost can be really steep. The following page is a blog that Polish Granite released of late. It is a step-by-step guide to their Online Quote calculator which in a matter of 5 minutes can generate your ceramic worktops price. I think having a go at this will be able to define your question, because like I mentioned above, it all depends on the material you choose and the size of your individual kitchen.ceramic worktops cost

As a general rule of thumb though, ceramic worktops usually start at 350 pounds per square meter, so they are about 20% more expensive than granite or quartz worktops. Please note, however, that the prices of materials are subject to constant fluctuations, so it is advisable either to contact the kitchen worktop manufacturer or suppliers directly, and enquire about the correct prices.

Choosing the right kitchen worktop has a huge impact on the comfort of daily use of this space, but also on the aesthetic reception of the interior. Ceramic worktops, which are characterised by high resistance to scratches, stains and high temperatures, are becoming more and more popular. Their final price and properties depend, however, on the selected tiles, the quality of workmanship and the finish of the entire worktop.

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Polish Granite – beauty enchanted in stone

Stone is a gift of nature, whose properties are irreplaceable in every room, especially in the kitchen. First of all, kitchen worktops made of marble or granite are resistant to scratches and abrasion – they can be cut on them without using a board. You can also put a hot pot on a stone table without worrying that its surface will be damaged. Stone is also highly resistant to moisture and dirt. All these features make Polish Granite products an ideal choice for any modern interior.

Polish Granite – beauty enchanted in stone

Marble, granite and quartzogranites are the main materials on which Polish Granite works. The company has been operating on the market since 2006 and is now available to customers from the UK and Poland.  The company offers a wide range of products – from small stone fillings to e.g. stone stairs. From the Polish Granite offer we particularly recommend granite kitchen tops and marble bathroom tops, but also stone window sills and natural stone floors, which look very elegantly adding a luxurious character to the room, which is their undeniable advantage.

It is worth remembering that a granite or marble table top in every kitchen wins in competition with synthetic materials. The need to surround oneself with natural materials, such as stone and wood, seems to result not only from their beauty, but also from the feeling that houses finished with natural materials are healthier.

Kitchen worktops made of stone are primarily ecological, because their compact structure prevents the absorption of any substances, thus preventing the development of bacteria. Polish Granite kitchen worktops present themselves very elegantly, adding a luxurious character to the kitchen, which is their undeniable advantage. In addition, on the website of the company you can find a dedicated application that will allow you to choose a stone worktop, know its price and order, without leaving home. and without incurring costs. Completely free of charge and in just a few seconds you will get to know the average prices of marble kitchen or bathroom worktop made of granite.

A novelty in the offer are undoubtedly wall panels, which perfectly replace the traditional tiles. They are made of large glass panes, thanks to which they perfectly protect walls against dirt and at the same time look very effective both in traditional and modern kitchen interiors. Glass surface perfectly reflects light, and rich colors make it easy to match glass to any type and color of cabinets.

Realisations

Polish Granite (polishgranite.co.uk) boasts many completed stone works for individual clients, such as kitchen worktops, as well as large projects such as stone facades and interior finishing of offices, hotels and other public buildings. In addition, the company has numerous recommendations and enjoys the reputation of a company that offers good service and a product of the highest quality. For years it has been cooperating with respected stone companies such as Levantina, Compac, Ingemar, Technistone, B-Stone, Silestone, Diresco.

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Unlimited possibilities for the use of granite off cuts

Granite off cuts

Natural stone has a wide range of applications. We make beautiful countertops for kitchens and bathrooms, we finish floors and walls with it, we create elegant stairs and fireplace casings. However, this is only the beginning of the proposal for the use of stones such as granite, because there are many more of them.

Unlimited possibilities for the use of granite offcuts

Stone companies often require customers to purchase the entire stone slab, for example for a worktop or window sill. Usually the minimum length of a worktop is 3-4 meters, so if the customer needs a smaller element, in this case, usually after installation smaller or larger pieces of stone are left. How can we use the granite off cuts?

Depending on the size of the material you can use granite off cuts on:

  • table top, bedside table, chest of drawers
  • wall-bracket plinths
  • cutting boards or boards
  • decorative doorways
  • window sills
  • kitchen and bathroom shelves
  • decorative tiles
  • vase supports, cups and other utensils
  • stable and decorative loudspeaker stands, standing lamps
  • garden decoration elements
  • house number plates
  • paperweights
  • wall mosaics

These are just a few of our proposals, because different decorative stones also have a much wider application, so you can adjust them individually to the interior design. Today, granite elements are very popular in interiors, so such decorations will surely be a hit.

Of course, other granite off cuts can also be glued together – for this purpose, adhesives designed for natural stone are most often used, which will not damage the surface of the stone. These elements can also be engraved using the laser method, for example house number or other inscriptions or graphics can be made on them.
So if you have any granite left over from your kitchen or bathroom countertop, you don’t have to throw it away, because you can use it to create a variety of decorations both inside and outside your home.

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How do you prevent stone stairs from slippery?

Have you decided to build a stone staircase? Remember that they cannot be slippery, because only then will they be comfortable and completely safe to use. What should be done to prevent them from becoming slippery? We have a few propositions.

  1. Use for stairs tiles with a rough, and therefore non-slip, finish. Pea, sand, split, flame retardant, grooved, cut and chair textured products will work best. Their structure is irregular, so even when they’re wet or icy, your feet won’t lose grip, so the risk of falling is minimal.
  2. You can use electrically heated cladding on the external stairs to prevent icing on the steps. They consist of heating cables, humidity and temperature sensors and thermoregulators. They switch on automatically and are completely safe. The devices take the necessary measurements and determine whether it is necessary to heat the surface.
  3. When it comes to internal stairs, it is best to use anti-slip protection in the form of rough adhesive tapes or refined profile rubbers. A good solution is also to install brass, steel or aluminium profiles in the steps.
  4. The slippery surface of the stairs can be significantly reduced by making milled cuts (strips) in the stairs. However, you must be careful not to damage the structure of the material permanently. What is more, after the work has been done, you should protect the stone with an impregnating agent, which will increase its resistance to stains and moisture. In order to ensure that everything is done properly, we advise you to seek professional help or purchase products that have already been adapted in this way.
  5. Material or rubber rugs can also be attached to stone stairs. Of course, they will not look so impressive, but when there is no other option, it is worth to use this idea.

 

Finally, we will only mention that there is no obligation for anti-slip solutions in homes. So if using the stairs is comfortable and does not pose a risk of falling, there is nothing to worry about. It is enough to be particularly careful when climbing, and after washing the stairs wait until they are completely dry.

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Frequent mistakes in laying stone floors

Stone floors look very impressive, but their proper execution requires appropriate knowledge, experience and equipment. Unfortunately, the lack of any of the above factors often leads to making mistakes, which may cost us dearly. Those that happen most often during the installation of stone tiles are discussed in the further part of the article. Are you interested in them? We invite you to read more!

  1. The use of equipment adapted to the cutting of ceramics, while it is necessary to use saws and diamond blades, which allow smooth and even stone cutting. They are expensive and their type should be chosen according to the type of stone used, because only then can the intended effect be achieved..
  2. Application of adhesive and joint mortars with cement slurry in a set with a stone made of acidic rock. Their contact may cause an indifference reaction and lead to unsightly stains on the surface of the stone, which cannot be removed in any way. Therefore, a person who specialises in flooring should know the acidity of stones and choose adhesives and grouts to match them.
  3. Laying stone tiles on dry concrete ground, which significantly prolongs the whole drying process.
  4. Hurry during work, accompanied by the lack of control over the equality of the floor with the use of a spirit level and easy two-metre long. Neglecting to do so can make the floor look bad.
  5. Too fast jointing, which should be done only after the adhesive has dried well. It is best to wait a week, but in the meantime care for the floor by pouring water on it when the joints are not filled.
  6. Failure to verify that the tile adheres to the ground with its entire surface (this can be checked by tapping – when the tile makes a deafening sound, it means that there is a free space between the tile and the ground). Of course, not adhering to a tile does not have to result in it cracking or falling off right away, but this problem should be eliminated as far as possible.
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All about stone window sills

Natural stone is mainly used to make worktops, tiles, stairs and wall cladding. However, it is also suitable for window sills. Why? Because it is extremely durable and resistant to high temperatures, moisture or mechanical damage. We will discuss which grades of window sills should be made of, whether their assembly requires the use of brackets and what thickness they should be, in the further part of the article. So, we invite you to read it!

Stone window sills – useful information

  1. Internal window sills should be made of durable granite. It is the most resistant and the least absorbent of all those on the market. There are no stains on its surface, so for a long time it retains a wonderful appearance. You can use marble instead. It will perform equally well, but remember that it is much easier to stain and absorbs water, so it is worth increasing its resistance by impregnation. The same applies to travertine. It has a higher porosity, so it is easier for water to penetrate deep into its structure. Because of this, we also advise to protect it with an appropriate impregnation.
  2. The thickness of the window sill should be min. 2 cm for narrow and min. 3 cm for longer windows. Of course, these are not fixed standards and the products may be much thicker, but you have to be aware that then their price will increase significantly.
  3. As a rule, the installation of stone window sills does not require the use of additional brackets. They are used only when the product protrudes 2/3 of its width beyond the window niche. Only supports can provide stability. Of course, the product should be inserted under the window frame and wedged on both sides in the side openings of the window niche. If the situation requires it, the wall should be forged in appropriate places.
  4. On properly fixed stone window sills you can stand e.g. to hang curtains. The weight of an adult person should not harm them if 2/3 of their width is adequately supported by a wall or supports.
  5. There is no reason not to place flower pots on stone window sills. All you have to do is make sure that they do not have sharp edges that could scratch the perfectly smooth surface of the stone. What’s more, it should also be avoided prolonged contact with liquids, so any spills should be wiped off immediately. A very good solution is to use special mats and washers, which will minimize the risk of damage to the product, which could occur while moving the pots.