DirectStone Stonemasons in Bedfordshire Provide Expert Stone Floor Restoration
The craft of stonemasonry has its heritage in the very earliest human structures. It’s an ancient trade and one which requires lengthy training and practical experience before you can call yourself a professional. Stonemasons created some of our most iconic historic buildings, and today they continue to shape our homes, places of work, religious buildings, floors & pavements, sculptures, stone walls, and memorials.
Stone Floor Restoration
At DirectStone we’re proud of the skills we access via our stonemasons who specialise in the restoration of contemporary stone floors. Their skill incorporates a detailed understanding of different types of stone, it’s properties and its relative durability. Our experienced craftsman are able to diagnose the damage a stone floor has sustained, and prescribe the correct procedure for remedial actions, repairs and polish restoration.
Limestone is a sedimentary rock, with an open pore structure. It’s warm lustre makes it a popular choice for bathrooms and kitchens but its porous surface makes it particularly susceptible to staining, dirt penetration, and deep scratching, or etching. Typically, a damaged limestone floor will look dull, and discoloured.
Confronted with a neglected limestone floor our stonemasons examine the stained areas, diagnose any stains and clean using specialist poultices. Cracks, holes or scratches are repaired using appropriate materials. Finally the floor polish is restored, using diamond grinding tools, and then sealed for ongoing protection.
Marble is a metamorphic rock that comes into being when limestone is exposed to extremely high temperatures and pressures. Despite its reputation for being extremely durable, marble is a relatively soft stone which can easily be chipped or scratched. It’s also prone to staining when exposed to acidic substances such as fruit juice, or red wine.
Our stonemasons are regularly asked to restore marble floors that have become scratched due to continuous footfall, or chipped as the result of stiletto heels. Chips are repaired using reinstatement techniques; this involves using filling agents matched to the exact tone of the marble. Scratched surfaces are restored and polished, using diamond abrasive pads.
Travertine is a type of limestone, which is formed around mineral spring deposits. Its natural colouring is earthy tones of beige, brown, and muted ochre, whilst its texture is one of natural pits and voids. Each tile is unique, and travertine provides a ‘weathered’ surface that gives rooms an instant ‘lived in’ look. The only drawback is that the natural texturing can erode with time, encouraging dirt accumulation.
Most of our travertine restoration work starts with repairing the naturally occurring holes in travertine tiles. Our stonemasons tackle this using an epoxy filler, matched to the tone of the tiles. For cleaning and polishing they hone the floor surface using abrasive pads and water. Then they polish the surface using diamond pads until the required level of shine is reached.
Stonemasons Bedfordshire Restore Floors Professionally
Natural stone floors are beautiful to look at, and provide a stunning design feature for homes or workplaces. Day-to-day maintenance couldn’t be simpler, but only professional repairs and restoration will keep your limestone, marble or travertine floor looking as good as the day it was installed. Our highly qualified stonemasons in Bedfordshire provide a range of highly skilled services to keep your stone surfaces looking amazing.
If you have a marble, limestone or travertine floor that requires first-class restoration, call our team today, on 01525 863920