Among all flooring options available on the market, there is no match for natural stone tiles. Nothing is more beautiful, durable and sturdy than natural stone floor.

Natural stone tiles – such as marble tile, travertine tile, slate tile, and granite slab or tile - are processed from different mountain rocks and given industry-standard shapes. When looking to buy natural stone floor tile for your building, how do you make sure what you are buying is going to meet your expectations. Wall & Tile has brought a series of informative blogs to help its visitors and buyers make wise buying decisions when buying natural stone tile. In this blog, we are going to talk about the absorption rate of natural stone tiles.

Absorption Rate –

Natural stones have porous surface. Meaning, the surface has small pores on it. The more the pores, the more likely it is to break. Different natural stones have different absorption rate. Absorption rate can be classified in 4 following categories –

Non-Vitreous:  If a stone is labelled as non-vitreous , it belongs to the group of tiles with highest absorption level. These tiles should not be used in damp environments.

Semi-Vitreous: These tiles have fewer pores than the previous one has. However, these tiles should also not be used in damp and watery areas. When installed in such areas, they need frequent maintenance.

Vitreous: These tiles belong to standard absorption level category, and can be used for indoors and outdoors and low- to mid-traffic areas.

Impervious: Easy to maintain, the tiles in the category are liquids resistant. That’s why they make a good selection for heavy traffic, public and commercial properties.

Natural stones are naturally porous. However, with adequate polishing and finish, their absorption can be controlled.

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