Aspect Stone Tile Frequently Asked Questions
How is Aspect Peel & Stick Stone Made?
We start with a 24- to 36-inch thick slab of natural quarried sedimentary stone. The exposed face is chiseled and cleaned so the remaining surface is smooth, level and the natural “pores” of the stone have been opened. A proprietary resin liquid is applied to the exposed face and soaks into the stone. After the resin has cured and dried, the application is repeated a number of times in combination with an application of a fiberglass mesh.
After the final cure period, the resin and fiberglass mesh form a secure bond with the stone. A skilled stone craftsman then fractures and peels a 1/16-inch thick layer away from the large slab, yielding a thin section of bonded real stone.
Using highly accurate automated saws, the layers are cut into various ledge stone sizes and the individual thin pieces are hand applied to a peel and stick foam adhesive. The ledge stone pattern is cut one last time to ensure it is accurate, level and square, to yield the all-natural 5.9-inch x 23.6-inch ledge stone panel.
The thin layer of the sedimentary stone, cured resin backer and peel and stick foam adhesive combined make a naturally beautiful, real stone product which is flexible yet can be cut with simple shears.
How do I need to prepare the wall before I install Aspect Stone?
It depends on whether you intend to use the peel and stick adhesive on properly prepared wall surfaces or if you do not want to prepare your wall surface. We show both methods in detail in our Aspect Installation Guide.
If you are using installation Method 1, proper wall preparation is required. Aspect tiles can be installed over most structurally sound substrates if they are clean, flat, smooth, dry, and free of dust, wax, soap scum and grease. Acceptable substrates are drywall, plaster or clean, smooth tile (glazed, porcelain type tile; not porous or textured). Any damaged, loose or uneven areas must be repaired, patched, leveled and primed. Fill cracks and irregularities with wallboard compound or spackling, then sand smooth with fine grade sandpaper.
If installing Aspect over existing ceramic tile, be sure to thoroughly clean old tiles, but priming ceramic tiles is not required. Use isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol two-cloth cleaning method as surface preparation when applying tiles to a nonporous substrate, such as ceramic tile or metal. Failure to properly prepare the substrate may invalidate the warranty. The substrate to which you are applying Aspect tiles must be primed with a fresh coat of latex or oil-based primer. Ingredients in "paint & primer in one" products can cause adhesion failure; as such, be sure to use a stand-alone primer. If you do not intend to prepare the wall surface, you can use an additional adhesive as seen in our Installation Guide.
Do you recommend a certain primer?
Can Aspect Stone be exposed to humidity and/or water?
Can I use Aspect tiles in my shower?
What do I do if my substrate is bumpy or uneven and a tile pops off?
How do I install the tiles with an uneven countertop?
While slightly more difficult, this can be accomplished by following the steps outlined in our uneven tile installation guide.
Do you recommend a certain adhesive?
What causes a tile to fall off?
Can grout be used with Aspect Stone tiles?
Can Aspect Stone be exposed to UV Rays and outside elements?
Can Aspect Stone be installed in the shower?
Can Aspect Stone be exposed to heat?
Aspect tiles can withstand heat up to 140°F without causing any damage to the product. We recommend a minimum 6-inch space between the heat source or burner and the installed tiles. You may also refer to your stove's (or other heat source) manufacturer for specific information.
How should the tiles be cut if a full tile is not needed?
How do I bend the tiles for inside or outside corners if I do not want a seam?
What should be used to clean the tiles?
What should be used as a trim or an edge treatment?
Can Aspect Stone be applied to a working surface or to the floor?
What is the life expectancy of the Aspect Stone tile?
Does the surface of an Aspect Stone tile scratch easily?
How should I seal Aspect Stone so it can easily be cleaned? What type of sealants do you recommend?
When starting a project, would I work from one side to the other, or from the center out?
How do I remove tile(s)?
Can I paint the Aspect Stone tiles, and if so with what kind of paint?
Do you offer matching outlet and switchplate covers?
Do you sell larger sheets than 5.9” x 23.6” for a seamless look or accent wall?
What is the warranty on Aspect Stone?
What type of stone is the tile made from?
What do I do if a tile edge is coming loose or lifting off the wall?
To get corner or seam to lay down, PL Premium® adhesive can be carefully applied where there is a release (try a toothpick). Wipe off any adhesive from the tile surface before it dries. To hold down a corner or seam, try using a thumbtack in the seam until the adhesive sets.
Another method for getting an edge or corner to lay down is to use Loctite Super Glue® or similar product. Be careful not to get glue on the tile surface. Hold down seam or corner with your finger after glue application until the glue sets.
I noticed an odor when I unwrapped my stone product. Should I be concerned?
Can I use the Aspect products in my camper or RV?
Yes, you can use on the interior of your camper and we recommend using method 2 of our installation guide which states to use supplemental adhesive due to road vibrations and temperature swings.