Quality grouting will help to preserve wall and floor tilesModern wall and floor tiles are fairly tough, and once installed they can remain almost as new for generations. Forget years.

These tiles do have three areas that often let them down: the base on which they are installed, the adhesive used to attach tiles to their base, and the grouting used between tiles. I’d like to focus on the latter today since that can have an impact on the tiles, the adhesive used and the base.

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Natural stone floor tiles are one form of eco friendly flooringWe live in a strange era – one that has customers judging a business not only on the quality and prices of its products but also on environmental issues. Coffee and chocolate are two products that come immediately to mind – they are not only judged on environmental issues, they are also judged on social issues such as the wages paid to those involved in these industries in third world countries. The spin off is that companies that use the products are also being judged. If your business is using products that are considered to be environmentally or socially unfriendly, then customers may well walk away.

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Travertine floor tiles have a marble look without the marble price tagIf you’re a fan of marble floor tiles but can’t afford their price, then travertine floor tiles could be the answer. Often confused with marble, travertine comes from the same family and has many similarities, however, it is a stone type of it’s own, and in many situations is a better option than marble. Travertine is not a new tile either. It has been around since Roman times and some of the original travertine floors are still in existence today – that certainly gives credence to travertine’s durability.

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