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Natural Stone And Marble Slate Tiling Courses

The exhaustive selection of different types of tiles available today makes tiling a stimulating career option - you never know what amazing patterns, colours or tile material you could be asked to install on your next job!Homeowners have become increasingly more adventurous and creative with choosing a kitchen or bathroom design. The best of today's tiling course training will reflect the variety of skills and knowledge now needed to truly become an all-round professional tiler, highly competent to deal with most tiling tasks in both the home environment and commercial spaces.In addition to learning how to install ceramic or porcelain tiles, there are Victorian and Mosaic Tiling courses available and learning how to lay marble slate. Natural stone has long been admired for its beauty, practical durability and the desire to use natural stone, such as granite, slate, marble, limestone and travertine within contemporary interiors has increased enormously in recent years.There are key variations in the standard of natural stone available, including porosity, sizing, pitting and general appearance and the aim is always the preservation of the natural look and the protection from staining, soiling and the laying process. Natural stone can become stained from the use of incorrect adhesive and grout. In addition, it's important to understand the types of sealing and the right number of applications, each made at the right time.Natural stone, such as the high quality travertine, can come in different finishes including polished, tumbled, hand chiselled and antiqued. While polished and honed stone share many of the same characteristics, there are differences in finish and edging which affects the fitting process of limestone tiles, for example, and other softer stones, which are available in a honed finish.Tumbled stone tiles, which have been placed into a large drum containing debris such as rocks, produces tiles with chips, missing corners, worn edges and a soft surface to give a more rustic look. Consequently, installation will need a different approach to accommodate the uneven edges.Tiling students have many options depending on their intended objectives, and there is almost certain to be a tiling course to cater for all trainees. Candidates simply interested in learning the basic knowledge to complete a domestic project can take a certificated Wall and Tiling diploma or those keen to get more seriously involved, a 5 day Introductory tiling course is a valuable start. More career-oriented candidates have many City & Guild NVQ tiling courses of varying durations to choose from, according to the number of learning units and skillsets they require.