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Tips for checking stone tiles when they arrive at a worksite

02.2021

Your client has spent hours, maybe even weeks, looking through magazines, Pinterest, Instagram and websites to find the perfect tiles for their new home, or maybe a kitchen or bathroom makeover. The painstaking research has been done, the material has been ordered and has finally arrived on site. There is now one small, but important step before you, the trusted tradesperson, starts laying them, and unfortunately it is one that is all too often skipped: the tiles’ check.

Learn the best tips for checking stone tiles when they arrive at a worksite and boost you business

It may seem too obvious to even write about, but checking the contents of your boxes or crates sooner rather than later can make a real difference to getting the work done smoothly and on time.

The first rule is not to leave it to the last minute! There’s nothing worse than opening up box after box to find damaged tiles, or even the wrong ones, meaning there are delays in ordering and waiting for replacements.

Once the crate or crates containing your tiles have been delivered and stacked in a suitable area of the worksite where they will not hinder other work going on, it’s time to open them.

It is not unusual to find that the tiles themselves are damp, and this is due to the water that is used during their processing. Wet tiles may seem darker than the colour expected, but once they are dried, they will return to their normal shade.

Given that the tiles are made from natural stone, they will never be identical. Every single block of stone has its own unique history and depending on the climate and other conditions of the quarry it was extracted from, it will have a certain tone, veining, marks and lustre. These are the special characteristics that set stone tiles apart from ceramic or porcelain, where the manmade aspect delivers a greater level of homogeneity, without, however, the fascinating history and personality created by nature over the centuries.

As you extract the tiles from their crate, we recommend that you place them edgewise along the walls of the space you are working in, overlapping them in a staggered fashion so that the air circulates and aids natural drying.

If you are short of either time or space, you can use a heat gun, which is an indispensable tool in the construction sector.

Similar to a hairdryer, it has settings to adjust the heat and air flow, and here it is important to select the right balance of these two factors so that the tiles do not overheat and become damaged. Your average heat gun delivers a blast of heat far stronger than that of a hairdryer, so it is important not to bring it too close to the tiles as otherwise there is a risk of creating burn marks or discolorations.