Tumbled Finish for that antique royal Look
Natural stone tiles are available in multiple finishes. Understanding the terminology enables people to make informed decisions regarding tumbled natural stone tiles application.
Tumbled finish is created by placing rocks of same hardness and dimensions in a large drum or container along with some debris like abrasive grit and a liquid lubricant. Containers are rotated at an optimal speed causing the rocks to slide past each other with that abrasive grit between them. Tumbled finish is created based upon set parameters. Time of duration of the tumble, coarseness of abrasive grit and type of rock used in tumbling decides upon the finish. Rocks are smoothened with abrasive grit, and then washed to remove grits from the rocks. The third stage is introduction of finer grits and then use of pre-polishing compound. Lastly, washing cycle with detergent removes any grit on the stones. The final stage involves polishing with powdered polish.
Tumbled finished natural stone like slate, sandstone, limestone and marble are used to depict an antique feel that is soft to touch. Tumbled natural stone tiles have their corners rounded like chiseled edges, to display timelessness of tumbled tiles. Generally available in square-shape, tumbled tiles are ideal for flooring and wall cladding in homes and offices.
Back-splash tiles in multicolor are available with tumbled finish to create rustic appearances. These need to be ground down on the back for easy-application. These are installed with wide grout joint to ensure strength and safety during and after installation.
Tumbled white marble is very popular for its antique yet contemporary finish and subtle beauty.