Written by Katie Hinkle | DENVER, CO | March 13th, 2019
Winter is a beautiful time of year in Colorado. However, it can also be a time of extreme temperature changes and weather patterns. This can be a big concern for homeowners. With the unpredictable weather, it can be tricky to maintain a nice outdoor space.
Most ceramic and porcelain tiles can handle the extreme winter weather. Natural stone, on the flip side, needs more care. It is more delicate than other tiles because it is much more porous. Therefore, it absorbs more during the freeze-thaw cycles. This cycle is a chemical process which is detrimental to all stone surfaces. It can cause staining and etching if they are not cared for properly. The best way to avoid any damages is by sealing the stone. Sealing prevents and protects natural stone surfaces from damaging such as staining, etching, scratching, and dulling under extreme conditions.
Picking the Right Natural Stone for the Outdoors
It is very important to know which types of stones are best for the outdoors. Checking the absorption rates is one of the most effective ways to find out if a stone is good for the outdoors. Absorption rate is a measurement of how porous a material is. The higher the absorption rate, the more likely it is to stain and damage in freezing conditions by cracking. This happens when absorbed liquids freeze and expand with the temperate.
Among the natural stones, granite is the least porous making it more resistant to freeze-thaw cycle and other extreme weather changes. Sandstone, on the other hand, is the most porous and can easily stain and crack. Sitting in the middle, travertine, limestone, and slate are moderately absorbent.
Stone Sealing Always Highly Recommended
No matter the stone, sealing is always recommended! It helps to protect it from dulling and etching due to slush, salt, and other chemicals that it may come in contact with in the outdoors. On the side, snow, dirt, and salt may get tracked inside which can also damage indoor stones as well. No matter the location, sealing stone is highly recommended.
About Brekhus Tile & Stone
Brekhus Tile & Stone is a family-owned tile and stone installation contractor based in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1998, the company excels at complex, custom, high-end stone and tile installation projects that present technical challenges.
Working throughout the state of Colorado, Brekhus has delivered superior craftsmanship in hundreds of jobs in shopping malls, office buildings, apartment complexes and the nation’s largest restaurant and hotel chains. Our clientele includes: Denver International Airport, Ralph Carr Justice Center, Capital Grille, the Ameristar Casino Resort at Black Hawk, Coors Field, Union Station, and Civic Center Station. In addition to commercial work, Brekhus also designs and builds high-end residential projects including kitchens, bathrooms, spas, heated decks and other luxury home features requiring custom tile and stone. Brekhus Tile & Stone has its own fabrication facility – Brekhus Marble & Granite. On top of being able to cut granite, marble, and other stone to precise specifications, Brekhus Marble & Granite also works with all varieties of flooring tile, porcelain, and other materials.
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Address: 860 S Jason St. Denver, CO 80223
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