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Why You Should Ask Your Contractors What They Are Using While Fixing Stones and Tiles?

The beauty of natural stones and tiles can be completely marred if they are not fixed properly. Whether it is flooring or walls, stone and tiles are commonly used for covering roofs, floors, walls, showers, etc. The overall finished look is an important indicator as to how well the job has been done. An even surface, absence of cracks and gaps, alignment of the tiles are all essential for a well finished look.

Just imagine if your contractor does a shoddy job by employing inexperienced labour or by using poor quality adhesives, the results are bound to be disastrous. When you visualise your dream home it is normal to see everything in perfection. And supposing most of the jobs are done expertly, but there are some glitches in the stone and tiling work, how difficult it is to then correct these defects! It involves a lot of time, effort and most importantly money to redo the entire work. You may even decide to live with the unsightly walls and floors and may choose to cover the flaws with rugs or wall art. But, the fact remains that it would still bother you, as you know what lies underneath. You may regret not paying enough attention while the contractor was getting the work done. Perhaps you did not give clear instructions to the contractor on which products to use, or maybe you relied and trusted the contractor completely. Either way, the result can be distressing.

Why You Should Ask Your Contractors What They Are Using While Fixing Stones and Tiles?

How to prevent this?

Be actively involved in the construction process from the beginning and make sure that you provide clear instructions to the contractor on the usage of products. It is possible that the contractor is not updated on the latest products that are specifically designed to combat commonly known issues. Therefore if you do your own research, you are empowered to participate in the decision-making process regarding the quality of construction and other materials. Remember how important it is for you to have quality work in your home. Timeliness is everything and therefore you must ensure that you are aware and active, only then you can take steps to ensure that the stone and tiling work is up to the mark. As we have seen, when poor grade products are used in the stone and tiling work, it can completely mar the overall look of the house.

Technological advancements make it possible to use hi-end solutions for known problems associated with stone and tiling work. For instance, tiles may shift due to physical movements and thermal changes, or fungus may grow in joints. In such cases Roff tiling adhesives which comprise of specific chemicals and pigments, and which also have UV and water resistant properties are ideal for the tiling work. Interestingly, these are also available in a variety of shades to complement your décor.

Remember that prevention is better than cure, and therefore make sure you talk to the contractor about the products that he is using for stone and tiling work.


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About Nalini Malaviya

Nalini Malaviya is a Bangalore based art consultant, writer and blogger. She has been writing for the media since 2003, and has been an art columnist for Financial Times (Delhi and Bangalore) and Bangalore Mirror. Nalini writes primarily on art (visual arts, performance, photography, etc) and also on health and lifestyle. She contributes to Times of India, Deccan Herald and several other publications including art magazines and catalogs. An occasional fiction writer, Nalini has published short stories as part of various anthologies, such as, The Shrinking Woman, The Curse of the Bird and Bhelpuri. She publishes www.artsceneindia.com, a popular blog cum Ezine featuring art news, guides, and articles on buying and collecting art and on displaying art in interiors. The website functions as an artist resource and also promotes artists. Nalini curates art exhibitions and conducts classes on art appreciation and writing. She also teaches arts management and marketing for artists through workshops. Currently, she contributes to the experts section on corporate blogs on interiors and lifestyle.

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