Natural Stone Tiles – The Confusion Surrounding Sealing

 


Article by: David Andrew Smith

There would seem based my own experience that there is a lot of confusion amongst the general public and some builders as to what sealing natural , How to Build a Deck - 5 Considerations for Building a Wood Deck stone actually means.

When we talk about sealing a surface we normally mean that an impenetrable barrier is painted on or applied in some way. For example tiled floors , Finding Affordable Furniture are often sealed to give them added protection and make them shine. To do this a series of coats of emulsion polish are applied to the surface and allowed to dry. This seals the floor , Create The Perfect Atmosphere and gives it protection. Other surfaces such as wood , Create The Perfect Atmosphere are often sealed with a coating of a polyurethane product. , How to get a bargain fireplace with the help of ebay This adds strength to the surface and protects it. Many other normally porous surfaces can be sealed with a layer that sits on the surface acting as a barrier to penetrative agents and gives protection also.

The sealing of natural , What was wrong with her livingroom? stone such as marble, granite, limestone and slate is very different. Natural , Septic Systems: The Inside Story - Two Main Causes of System Failures stone is made up of crystals that interlock together. The actual minerals that are present as crystals in the stone , Air conditioners have become an integral part of many homes give it its colour , Custom Kitchen Cabinets. What you Need to Know. and striations. However there are spaces between the crystal and the smaller these spaces are and the more the crystals have been compacted together the less porous the stone , How to get a bargain fireplace with the help of ebay is. So these spaces will determine the porosity of the stone. , The $27,000 Toilet Seat - Funny DIY Story A combination of pore size and mineral content of the stone , Installation Options for a Coal and Wood Burning Furnace will also determine its hardness and thus its durability. These spaces in the stone , Septic Systems: The Inside Story - Two Main Causes of System Failures are air , Bad News Critters - Beware of Animals in Crawl Spaces filled when the stone , Enjoy Your Outdoor Patio! is dry and water , How to Build a Deck - 5 Considerations for Building a Wood Deck filled when the stone , Installation Options for a Coal and Wood Burning Furnace is wet. Bacteria inhabit these spaces and these are often vital for the maintenance of the stone. , Air conditioners have become an integral part of many homes Very little research has been carried out into these bacteria but what has been done would suggest that they are essential in maintaining the integrity of the stone. , How to get a bargain fireplace with the help of ebay

Consequently we have the picture of stone , Colour Your World With Art as quite a complex mix of minerals, bacteria and spaces. You must imagine the stone , Successful Renovation to be something akin to a very hard sponge! If you drop a liquid onto the stone , What was wrong with her livingroom? it will be absorbed and spread through the spaces. This is why what initially looked like a small spillage can end up as quite a large stain in the stone. , Failing to Protect the Tubing Bends To remove the stain it has to be flushed out of these spaces. All a stone , Failing to Protect the Tubing Bends sealer does it fill up these spaces. Many of the stone , Bathroom Remodeling Ideas sealants in use are based on fatty acids rather than synthetic sealants. These natural , 1 in 4 Homes in UK Has One - The Average Costs $15,000! sealants are better because they do not destroy the bacteria but often enhance them. Synthetic sealants will destroy these bacteria that has longer-term consequences on the stones , Air Conditioner Reviews makeup. Sealants based on fat however have a shorter lifespan and must be renewed periodically.

Whatever sealant is used it simply fills up the spaces between the crystals it does not cover the surface of the stone. , Bad News Critters - Beware of Animals in Crawl Spaces Its purpose is simply to delay the penetration of liquids into the stone. , What was wrong with her livingroom? So if corrosive materials get onto the stone , Enjoy Your Outdoor Patio! then it will be damaged. Stone , Professional Asphalt Paving Contractor's In California sealants do not form a protective 'seal' on the surface of the stone. , Custom Kitchen Cabinets. What you Need to Know. Consequently stone , Custom Kitchen Cabinets. What you Need to Know. is only protected from absorbing liquids. It is not protected from surface damage.

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David Andrew Smith is the owner of wesparkle.co.uk a commercial and domestic , Tips and tricks to find information on home security cleaning services company. One of their specialist fields is in the care and maintenance of natural , Gas Fireplaces: Add A Touch Of Warmth To Your Home. stone surfaces.


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