Stone Usage Guide

At Daltile we understand how important it is to use the right stone for each project. Our extensive Stone Usage Guide has been developed to help you compare all products and choose the stone that best fits your project. Choosing the right product will ensure you enjoy your beautiful stone for many years to come.

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Color # Finish Size/Thickness Minimum
Grout Joint
Durability Floor Variation Residential
Exterior Usage
Exterior Usage
Special Notes

Durability Legend

1. Residential: Suitable for residential use. Not recommended for commercial areas.
2. Medium/Light Commercial: Suitable for light commercial and residential use.
3. Heavy Commercial: Suitable for most commercial and/or high traffic areas.

Color Variations Legend

L Low: Background color is relatively uniform.
M Medium: Background color contains light variations.
H High: Background color contains distinct variations.
R Random: Variegated in color and veining. Blending allowances during installation are strongly recommended.

Exterior Usage Legend

Suitable for exterior application in freezing and non-freezing climates.
EF Suitable for covered exterior floors in freezing and non-freezing climates.
EW Suitable for covered exterior walls in freezing and non-freezing climates.
EC Suitable for covered exterior countertops in freezing and non-freezing climates.

Special Notes Legend

Not recommended in wet areas.
Can be used in interior wet areas, if sealed and maintained properly. If not properly maintained, the stone look could be altered. Please contact your sealer manufacturer or your Daltile sales representative for information about products that can protect the stone from moisture exposure.
Might contain dry seams, pits, fossils, and glass veins that are filled at the factory or during installation. These are all inherent characteristics of the stone. Since these voids can sometimes lose their fillings, they should be refilled as part of normal maintenance.
A sealer is recommended. (Note: Some limestone and tumbled stone should be sealed prior to grouting.)
These stones contain deposits or minerals and iron that may react to moisture. Stone bleeding or rusting is a common example of this. These stones should not be used in installations where they would be exposed to standing, run off water or too much humidity. A sealer is stronly recommended but will not prevent the chemical reaction from happening. Please contact your sealer manufacturer for information about products that can protect the stone from moisture exposure.
White thin-set or mortar is recommended.
Install with a non-staining epoxy. Do not use any water based setting material with these stones.
Not recommended for shower floors.