Aspect Stone Backsplash Tile Frequently Asked Questions

Aspect Stone Backsplash 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?

We recommend high-quality sealing primers, either latex or oil-based, like Zinsser® or KILZ®.

Can Aspect Stone be exposed to humidity and/or water?

Standard humidity within the home and water exposure through cleaning (not saturation) is fine.

Can I use Aspect tiles in my shower?

No, the adhesive is not engineered to be used in a wet environment such as a shower.

What do I do if my substrate is bumpy or uneven and a tile pops off?

Apply construction adhesive to the tile if wall imperfections cause it to release.

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?

We recommend a product such as PL Premium® construction adhesive.

What causes a tile to fall off?

Some causes include poor surface preparation, uneven texture or an unprimed surface prior to installation. Some paints contain releasing agents called surfactants which can also interfere with adhesion.

Can grout be used with Aspect Stone tiles?

The joints with Aspect Stone tiles are tight so grout is not needed.

Can Aspect Stone be exposed to UV Rays and outside elements?

No. Aspect Peel and Stick backsplash tiles are manufactured for indoor use only.

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?

We recommend using tin snips. If using a power chop saw, a good carbide tooth blade is recommended. Cutting slowly into the panels will prevent chipping. Wear a mask or respirator to prevent stone dust irritation if using power tools. See Aspect Stone Tile Installation Guide for additional information.

How do I bend the tiles for inside or outside corners if I do not want a seam?

It is stone and not intended to be bent. For inside and outside corners, cut the tile accordingly and abut them to each other.

What should be used to clean the tiles?

Use soap and water for standard cleanup. If you need a more aggressive cleaner, use a stone cleaner available at any home center.

What should be used as a trim or an edge treatment?

We offer Aspect Edge Trims in 9 colors. You can also caulk exposed edges with a colored caulk similar to the color of your stone, or use a trim piece like wood to match your cabinets.

Can Aspect Stone be applied to a working surface or to the floor?

No. Aspect Stone tile is intended for wall surfaces only.

What is the life expectancy of the Aspect Stone tile?

With proper care it should last a lifetime.

Does the surface of an Aspect Stone tile scratch easily?

No, it is durable stone. However, all stone can fracture, chip or scratch if struck with sharp or heavy objects.

How should I seal Aspect Stone so it can easily be cleaned? What type of sealants do you recommend?

To seal your tiles, use an impregnating sealer, like Miracle Sealants® 511 Impregnator. Follow the manufacturer’s directions. Topical, color-enhancing sealers, like Miracle Sealants® 1-Step Natural Stone Sealer and Color Enhancer can be used also. These deepen and darken the color of the stone, making it appear always wet, but also offer better protection than an impregnator. More details about sealers and impregnators and photos of each stone tile raw, with sealer and with impregnator are available here.

When starting a project, would I work from one side to the other, or from the center out?

Starting in a corner and working left to right on your longest run produces the best results.

How do I remove tile(s)?

If a tile needs to be removed, apply heat with a hair dryer to soften the adhesive. Use a putty knife on the backside and slowly apply outward pressure to release the tile from the wall. The adhesive is engineered not to be removed so caution should be taken so as to not damage the wall. Any removed tiles may be unusable. ACP is not responsible or liable if you damage your walls. If the adhesive is destroyed but the tile face is fine, you can try using PL Premium® adhesive to reapply the tile.

Can I paint the Aspect Stone tiles, and if so with what kind of paint?

No, we do not recommend painting the stone tiles.

Do you offer matching outlet and switchplate covers?

At this time, we do not offer matching outlet covers. There are three companies that manufacture stone-colored paint that may work for matching. These products are available from the manufacturer and most home centers.

Do you sell larger sheets than 5.9” x 23.6” for a seamless look or accent wall?

No, not at this time.

What is the warranty on Aspect Stone?

ACP, the manufacturer of Aspect stone tiles, guarantees Aspect stone tiles will be free from manufacturing defects for a period of five (5) years from the date of purchase. This warranty does not cover problems caused by improper installation methods. It covers only installations done in accordance with the installation and handling instructions contained within each box of tile. This warranty does not cover damage caused by improper maintenance or by use contrary to our recommendations. This warranty does not cover normal wear and tear or finish color changes due to exposure to smoke, fumes, leaks or abuse. This warranty is not transferable and applies to the original purchaser only.

What type of stone is the tile made from?

Aspect stone is made from slate, quartzite and sandstone via a fracturing process from a quarried stone slab.

What do I do if a tile edge is coming loose or lifting off the wall?

The adhesive on Aspect Stone tiles is engineered to aggressively stick to a properly prepared surface. Given the natural, non-uniform nature of real stone, some lifting of the tiles around edges is perfectly normal. The adhesive is not failing and ACP fully warranties that the product will not fall off of your 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?

No. Any odor you notice is a byproduct of the adhesive on the back of the tile and will dissipate shortly, much like a freshly painted room. The tiles have passed California EPA VOC testing limits for architectural coatings.

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.