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roccaRocca Stone and Marble Ltd are specialist suppliers of natural stone. We stock a range of natural stone tiles for use on both floors and walls, internally and externally. We also sell a selection of natural stone products including basins, bowls, shower trays. We are a long established leading company in the tile and natrual stone buisness in Ireland, We take pride in the fact all our staff members are experts in the field who have many years of experiance in the tiling industry.
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About Us

Rocca Stone and Marble Ltd are specialist suppliers of natural stone. We stock a range of natural stone tiles for use on both floors and walls, internally and externally. We also sell a selection of natural stone products including basins, bowls, shower trays. We are a long established leading company in the tile and natrual stone buisness in Ireland, We take pride in the fact all our staff members are experts in the field who have many years of experiance in the tiling industry.

Choice

Types of stone we stock include, limestone, travertine, marble, granite, mosaic tiles, exterior paving, and sandstone. Samples of each stone can be bought online as well as the products themselves. We also have exstensive contacts from all over the world to source any natural stone that may be needed.

Limestone

Our limestone collection ranges from pale and consistent in colour limestone's, to blue, grey, gold and other more characterful variations. The finishes include honed, polished, tumbled, semi honed and brushed. We supply tiles in formats which would suit a cottage setting as well as a commercial development. We stock limestone which represents excellent value, as well as Jerusalem, French, and reclaimed limestone's.

Travertine

Travertine tiles are available from our Company in very similar formats to our limestone collection. The travertine's we offer vary in colour, from ivory to rich browns and golds. Tiles are available which are honed and filled as well as tumbled and unfilled. We are one of the largest stockists of travertine tiles in the Ireland with stone for bathrooms, kitchens, floors and walls. Our travertine is suitable for use in both high and low traffic areas, as well as being perfect for use with under floor heating.

Outdoors

We supply are range of stone which can be used externally. Our stock includes traditional sandstone flags for use on patios, driveways and paths.Rocca Stone also carry external grade travertine for patios in the form of both bricks and tumbled paving slabs. Extremely hard wearing sandstone bricks and slabs are also for sale from the Far East.

Advice

For each of our products we have provided advice on fitting and maintaining the stone. Adhesives, grouts and sealers for our tiles are recommended for most products.We pay special attention to Customer Service, we pride ourselves in looking after every customer regardless of there needs.

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F A Q's

The following is a straight forward question and answer list for people to use as a guide to the do's and don'ts of stone tile cleaning.

Q - My tiler has finished, the floor is dusty, should I mop it clean.

A - No, DON'T damp-mop your floor immediately after installation and grouting. While you would not cause any real damage, the fine powder most likely left on the floor will be trapped in the water and may leave ugly and hard-to-remove streaks all over its surface. For the first week or so, just vacuum being careful not to use a vacuum which might scratch the floor. Dust mop your floor a few times as well. You will know it is ready to be washed when your hand remains clean (no whitish powder) after rubbing it on the floor.


Q - When my floor is ready for mopping can I use my normal floor cleaner

A - No, DON'T use your everyday cleaning products on natural stone. Most high street brands of floor and wall tile cleaning products are harmful to both the protective sealer, as well as your stone. The sealer that has been applied can be broken down by bleach over time. This leaves the natural stone "exposed" and more susceptible to staining.  Specialist stone wash can be purchase as not much more cost than normal cleaners. These are more mild detergents which both preserve and re enforce the sealer which has been applied, as well as clean stone tiles.No, DON'T use your everyday cleaning products on natural stone. Most high street brands of floor and wall tile cleaning products are harmful to both the protective sealer, as well as your stone. The sealer that has been applied can be broken down by bleach over time. This leaves the natural stone "exposed" and more susceptible to staining.  Specialist stone wash can be purchase as not much more cost than normal cleaners. These are more mild detergents which both preserve and re enforce the sealer which has been applied, as well as clean stone tiles.


Q - My Tiles are very dirty. What can I use that is safe on stone, but will also clean the tiles and renovate my floor.

A - Intensive cleaners are available for natural stone tiles.


Glossary

The following is not a complete glossary of stone terms and terminology, but is a selection of the most commonly used terms people will encounter when considering buying stone tiles

Acid Washed - Acid washing exposes some of the sand in certain types of stone, giving a rougher texture.

Antique – This is a general term which can be use to describe the result of various different processes that can be applied to stone tiles. The overall effect of these processes is to create an aged, or worn look.

Brushed – An ageing process which generates a smoother and worn appearance to certain types of stone. It is most commonly used on unfilled travertine and sandstone.

Bull Nose – The semi-circular, half rounded edge usually applied to thicker slabs of stone where the sawn edge is either not desired or is not safe. Good examples of where bull nosing is used is on vanity tops, swimming pool coping stones, work surfaces, and bath surrounds.

Calibrated & Un-calibrated – Quarried stone, which is cut into even thickness tiles, are calibrated tiles. The majority of tiles manufactured for use internally are calibrated. Un – calibrated tiles are the opposite, and where the tiles can vary in depth.

Cross Cut – This term is usually used to describe one form of travertine. Cross cut travertine tiles give a cross-section of the stone, which is cut horizontally. This is the most commonly used cutting method for travertine.

Cobble – Usually a smaller format of natural stone used externally as a worn or antique paving stone.

Cushioned – This describes stone towards the edging of a tile. Cushioned edges gently slope downwards before meeting the sawn edge. The overall effect is slight rounding and softening of the edge. Often this is referred to also as a pillowed edge.

Durability – Durability describes a stone tile’s capacity to withstand daily foot traffic and everyday wear and tear. Higher durability stone tends to be selected for commercial use, as well as high traffic areas of the home. Medium and lower durability tiles are still fine for use in most domestic areas. Some low durability tiles should be restricted to use in low traffic areas.

Filled – This is the term used to describe travertine tiles which have none of the naturally forming pits and holes visible in the surface of the stone. Instead a resin is used to fill the holes and create a perfectly smooth and flat travertine tile. Filled tiles are always honed as well as filled.

Filling – This is the inserting of either resin, as described in “filled” or grout, which can also be used to fill travertine after tiles have been fitted.

Flag – A slab like piece of stone usually in larger sizes, most commonly used externally on patios, driveways and paths. Various styles, edgings and surface finishes are available.

Flamed – The process by which stone (usually marble or granite) is treated with intense heat as a form of aging tiles. The stone surface becomes lightly distressed and slightly rough. This is also a popular way of creating a non-slip surface to very hard natural stone tiles.

Honed – A smooth and matt machined surface finish on stone tiles is described as being honed.

Nominal – A term used to describe only very small variation in the thickness of tiles.

Pillowed – Another term often used to describe a slightly sloped, and rounded surface, towards the edge of the stone tile. See Cushioned Edge.

Polished – A high gloss finish, which is created at the quarry as part of the production process. Polished finishes are created using machines which buff the tiles to create an evenly reflective surface.

Porosity – All natural stones will absorb moisture. A stones susceptibility and ease of which moisture is absorbed is described as its level of porosity. It should be noted that all natural stone tiles have to be sealed. Porosity is reduced substantially by sealing.

Riven – Uneven surface finish usually found on flagstones, exterior paving, and most commonly on slate. The splitting of layers of hard stone sediment to create tiles will often occur unevenly. The result is a natural surface which has not been machined smooth.

Rustic – Similar to “antique.” General term used to describe an overall aged appearance of stone tiles which are either natural in appearance, or manufacture to look worn.

Sandblasted – Also know as shot-blasted. Process where sand is sprayed at very high speed onto the surface of stone, usually to generate a non-slip, or rough finish.

Tumbled – A common method of aging stone. Tumbling stone creates an uneven, natural looking rounded edge, as well as a textured surface.

Unfilled – When travertine is cut into tiles it creates pits and holes in the surface of the stone where natural air pockets have been exposed. Unfilled travertine is often part filled during the fitting process with grout. The resulting surface finish is not as smooth as factory filled tiles.  Instead a natural looking textured finish is achieved.

Vein Cut – The opposite of cross cut. This terms usually refers to travertine which has been cut vertically as opposed to the more common horizontal method. By cutting in the same direction as the layers of sediment, lines of different coloured stone are visible

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