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General Guidelines: Natural Stone

Guide to Natural Stone Installation and Maintenance

Introduction to Natural Stone

Natural stone is a popular choice for construction and design projects because it is beautiful and durable. However, installing and maintaining natural stone requires careful consideration and expertise to ensure its longevity and aesthetic appeal. This guide gives detailed instructions on how to install and take care of natural stone. It includes choosing a good contractor and properly maintaining the stone.

Selecting an Experienced Installation Contractor

  1. Experience Matters: The installation of natural stone demands a contractor with specific experience and expertise. Hiring a contractor with a proven track record of successfully installing natural stone is crucial.

  2. Mockup Board: Before commencing the project, request your contractor to create a mockup board. This board should test grout, sealers, and maintenance products to ensure compatibility and the desired aesthetic outcome.

Installation Notes

  1. Substrate Determination: Your contractor needs to accurately determine the foundation for the natural stone to ensure stability and longevity.

  2. Material Selection: Your contractor should guide you in selecting the appropriate installation materials, testing them beforehand to guarantee their suitability.

  3. Protection During Installation: Safeguarding the stone during and after installation is crucial. To protect the stone, seal it and do not use masking tape on it. Tape residue can attract dirt. Opt for tape designed for glue-free release instead.

Product Notes

  1. Color Variation: One of the defining characteristics of natural stone is its color variation. Blending materials before installation is essential to account for these variations and achieve a harmonious look.

  2. Natural stone products may vary in color and veining because it is a product of nature. Expect differences within the same piece and across your entire order.

  3. Edge and Surface Finishes: Natural stone comes in various edge and surface finishes. Double-check your order to ensure it matches your specified requirements before installation.

Sealer & Maintenance Notes

  1. Understanding Usage: Before installation, it's important to understand how to use the stone. This knowledge will dictate the sealing and maintenance requirements to protect the stone effectively.

  2. For help with sealers and maintenance, contact the technical department of the sealer manufacturer you picked.

  3. Wet areas like showers need more upkeep and resealing than dry areas. This is due to the exposure to water.

  4. We recommend sealing the stone after grouting with post-grouting sealing. This helps maintain the entire surface, including the cementitious grout.

  5. During construction, keep the stone protected from dirt, dust, and foot traffic until completing the project.


Natural stone is a beautiful and durable material that can enhance the aesthetic appeal of any space. However, its installation and maintenance require a thoughtful approach and the expertise of a seasoned contractor. Follow these guidelines to keep your natural stone looking great for years, adding a touch of timeless elegance to your project.

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