Many of the calls the Australian Stone Advisory Association receives relate to problems which arise after the stone has been installed. A considerable proportion of those calls relate to sealing, cleaning and maintenance.
We decided to produce a basic Sealer Selection Guide in response to requests by contributors and readers of Discovering Stone. See this PDF with list of products.
Tiled 9 sq mtr bathroom floor 8 weeks ago with blue pearl granite after installing underfloor heating. A line has now appeared on length of floor and also across width. Looks like a crack but feels smooth, as if under surface. No ideas why this has happened, or if it will get worse and eventually really crack open. Can anyone help? Anderson (member)
I would like to do my kitchen countertops in travertine. I would like to know if anyone has installed travertine countertops and how much maintenance they required. Lisa (member)
I am having a discussion with an architect, regarding acceptable panel sizes in 20mm thick marble, which is to be fixed on a steel structure. He wishes to use panels ranging in size from 2700 x 1200. Some of these panels are to be placed COP both on an internal face of the curve as well as the external face. I will refer him to the relevant standards listed on the ASAA webpage but I’m hoping for some useful dialogue from other industry members. I believe that even if he halves these stones, there could be some issues with the panels’ stability as well as the location of fixing points. We are also discussing the joint spaces required, to allow for movement in the steel structure. Pieter Boer (member)
Is there a product like a mastic that can be used to install travertine on shower walls over cultured marbel. thank you. Stone bin (member)