Martin Moore for natural stones

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We are specialises in providing antique, aged, modern and contemporary natural stone flooring and fireplaces.

To appreciate fully the beauty and variety of our natural stone flooring we recommend that you visit one of our stone studios or call us on 0330 311 6574 for a free consultation.

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Why use natural stone in your home?

Natural stone is prized its distinctive beauty and the sense of peaceful tranquility it creates, but there are also many practical benefits to using Natural Stone in your home. Natural Stone products are more durable than many artificial products, often lasting for decades with very little maintenance. With Natural Stone there are no worries about exposure to harmful chemicals in the home or released into the environment during production or disposal. Why invest time and money into a look-alike? Natural Stone is the real thing that the artificial products try to emulate.

Where in your house can I use natural stone?

Natural Stone can be used on nearly every surface both inside and outside the home, including floors, kitchen countertops, vanity tops, bathrooms, patios, walkways, fireplaces, facades, wall cladding, and garden landscaping.

Cost comparison (Natural stones)

Natural stones are quarried directly from the earth's crust, and every piece is unique. The only processing they need is shaping into various forms, sizes and finishes. Stones that are harder and denser are more difficult and expensive to quarry and process. Quarrying methods vary as well; stones may be quarried below ground, which is more expensive than above ground. Also, since natural stone is quarried all over the world, long distance shipping factors into the price.

5 top professional tips for
choosing your stone floor tiles

  1. Man-made or natural? Man - made tiles will be repeated in a 4 to 6 different tile combination. With natural tiles, each one will be different. Also check the width of the grout channel; usually non-sanded grout is used to set natural stone tiles with a grout line that should be 1/8 inch or less.
  2. Visual clues: Does the stone have swirls, veins or bands? These are all typical of the natural metamorphic stone (formed by the changing of one type of stone into another with high heat, pressure and often hot mineral rich liquid. This is a process where new stones form i.e. limestone forms into marble). Check the colour and patterns for further visual identification.
  3. Pre testing on an additional piece of tile or in an inconspicuous area: Determine the hardness of the stone by scratching with a steel knife or nail. Think carefully about cleaning methods if the stone or tile scratches.
  4. Acid resistance: As with the scratch test, use a spare tile or inconspicuous area to drop a small amount of acid on the surface (being careful not to cause any spillage and risk damage to the flooring). The surface may etch or fizz which will confirm that it is a natural stone like marble, travertine, limestone or cementitious material.
  5. Temperature test: Use the heel of your hand or inside forearm to test how cool the surface is. Some floors have heating elements built into them but, this test can still be useful. Stone that is cut out of the earth feels cool to touch.

Floor and wall tiling area calculator

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Add 10% - 20% more tiles to cover breakage and cuts.

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Glossary of terms (definitions)

Acid Washed
Stone washed with acid to accelerate the antiquing process
Back Splash
The area between the vanity top and the cabinet. This is normally 20 - 40cm high
Brick Bond
A normal pattern of installing rectangular tiles in a staggered or offset fashion thus creating the look of a brick wall
Brushed Finish
A method of ageing the surface of a stone which is created by brushing the surface of a stone tile with a course wire rotary brush. This causes the surface to take on a worn leathery appearance
A decorative piece of stone which is normally long and narrow and is set within the floor to create interest
Rounding an exposed stone edge
Bush Hammered
A mechanical method of beating the surface of a stone tile to give it an aged finish
Small square tiles which are traditionally inserted into the space where four larger square tiles meet. This is a traditional method of laying stone in a hallway. These are normally darker stones inserted into a light coloured floor
If a stone tile has been cut with a saw on both sides to create a consistent thickness it is known as calibrated
A beveled tile edge is also referred to as a chamfered edge
The name for a floor pattern with alternate square tiles of differing stones. This is commonly laid in hallways
Chisseled Edge
A process of chipping the tile edge either by hand or by machine to create a rustic edge
This term is to describe a wall which has been faced ( often with large slabs of ) stone.
Cleft Finish
This term describes a stone which has a rough surface. This is normally created by the method of splitting the material in the quarry along its natural plane. It is commonly associated with slate or sandstone from India
A stone that appears to be naturally round due to many years of wear
Cross cut
This term is the description for stone which has been cut across the block rather than parallel to the natural bedding plane. This tends to give a mottled / cloud like appearance and is normally found in travertine
This is the appearance of white power like substances on the surface of the stone or grout. The normal cause is accumulation of salt caused by a build up of moisture
The portion of a tile or slab that is exposed
Filled Stone
This is another term primarily associated with travertine. It normally applies to filling of open pores or fossil holes with epoxy resin or grout
This term normally applies to large thick pieces of stone in varying sizes used in traditional properties
Flame Texture
A term to describe a textured rough surface which is normally created through direct application of intense heat. It is normally associated with granite or limestone
Gang Saw
This is a large water driven saw that cuts raw blocks of stone into pieces of specified thickness
Gauged Stone
This term refers to machine grinding stone tiles to ensure uniform depth
A hard, crystalline, igneous rock formation formed from extreme heat, comprised of minerals such as quartz and feldspar
A cement based or epoxy material used to fill in joints between tiles. This is available in a wide range of colours.
A traditional rustic method of setting rectangular tiles in a slanted pattern creating a zig zag effect
Honed Finish
A sharp satin smooth finish to the face of a stone tile. This is generally the first process applied to a stone tile when cut
A type of rock formed by the cooling and solidification of molten matter over thousands of years
Small square tiles which are traditionally inserted into the space where four larger square tiles meet. This is a traditional method of laying stone in a hallway. These are traditionally darker stones inserted into a light coloured floor
The area where two tiles or two slabs meet
A rock formed from the sedimentary process generally underground and underwater which is primarily made up of calcium deposits such as fossil and shell
A limestone which has a heavy concentration of quartz which generally polished to give a high sheen finish
Metamorphic Rock
A type of rock which has been altered in appearance by intense pressure and / or heat
A collection of small pieces of coloured stone which are mounted onto a mesh and are often laid out to create a pattern or a design
A translucent banded version of marble which is generally found in caves
Stone tiles are normally crated and shipped from the quarry on a strong wooden frame which is called a pallet
This refers to an inlaid floor which is made up of geometric shapes and two or more stone types and / or colours
When the surface of a stone has changed in texture and / or colour due to age and wear it is refered to as patina
A hand finish which is applied to a tile to give a soft rounded finish to the edges of a tile
Polished Finish
A high gloss, shiny finish which can be obtained on very hard stones. Polished finishes work best on stones with deep colours and tones where they draw out the full colour of the stone
The location where the blocks of stone are removed from the ground
This is a stone which is mainly composed of sandstone and the mineral quartz
A textured rough surface which is achieved by blasting sand at high pressure onto the face of the stone.
A rock formed from the sedimentary process which consists primarily of quartz which is held together by silica or calcium carbonate
Saw Cut
A rough textured finish in which you can see the circular saw marks created when the stone was cut from the block. This finish is very slip resistant and gives a rustic appearance. It is only suitable for external use
This is a linear piece of stone which is cut from the block. It is generally used for the manufacture of counter tops or large pieces of stone
A natural stone which is generally composed of shale and clay
Split Face
A finish with a rough riven face where the stone has been split from another piece of stone ( rather than sawn ) in the quarry
A natural stone which is similar to limestone. It is normally formed near hot bubbling springs which create its naturally pitted surface. It has to be filled either by resin or grout
An aged finish created by placing the stone in a drum or tumbling machine. This process softens the edge of the stone and creates a worn traditional effect
Where a stone has pits and holes on it's surface which have not been filled with e poxy resin at the quarry it is referred to as unfilled
Vein Cut
This name is given to stone which has been cut from the block perpendicular to the natural plane. This tends to exaggerate and enhance any natural veins in the stone. It is normally used on travertine or marble
An alternative name for antiquing the surface

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