Frequently Asked Questions

What recycled products do you carry?
We have split-face stones that are approximately 1 3/16” tall by 3/8”-5/8” wide/deep (depth of stones vary slightly due to the natural, hand-cut nature of the product). The lengths are random and range from 4 to 9 inches. We also have pavers available.

What are split face tiles?
Split face tiles are created in a labor-intensive process using scraps from slab granite and marble manufacturing. The machinery used in the process is what results in the split face (rough) appearance of the finished product.

Why do you have so many 4" tiles?
The 4" long tiles are hand-cut using remnants from the countertop industry, specifically from back splashes. These short tiles are great for bathroom back splashes, accent stripes to contrast with another color of our granite or as an accent stripe with a traditional tile product. They are also great for craft projects…. use them to frame a mirror or cover a picture frame… use your imagination!

How do I choose my colors?
Since our product is 100 percent natural, we aren’t able to offer exact colors. We sell “blends” of tile, you can select light, medium or dark. Our tile mix is made up of the most popular granite species being used today including New Venetian Gold, Uba Tuba, Santa Cecelia, Baltic Brown, Absolute Black, Giallo Ornamental, Kashmir White and many more. Special color blends may be available based on current inventory.

How do I install the tiles from Natural Valley Recycled Granite?
Installing our tiles is a simple DIY project, or you can use a licensed installer. Our tiles are installed the same way you would install traditional tiles, aligning them and trimming edges as necessary with a wet saw or angle grinder. Simply use the appropriate Thinset for your application and a 3/8 inch notched trowel. Thin set is available at most home improvement stores.

Do I grout the split face tiles?

No grouting is necessary. Split face tiles are installed like stacked stone so you don’t need to grout between the tiles.

How do I install the tiles in a wet area?

Installing this product in wet areas does take some special precautions and installation techniques. Two methods have been used in the past with success. One is to use cement board covered with a rubber membrane, the same is what is used to set a shower pan, skim coated with a modified thin set for wet conditions such as Kera-set mixed with Kera Ply. The other method is to use the Schluter System. Again using a cement board covered with the Schluter water proofing membrane and then skim coated with the thin set and then the tiles. Alternatively, using a  properly prepared concreted board with sealed joints and skim coated with thin set would work as well under these conditions. Regardless of the system, we recommend that you leave a gap at the bottom between the tile wall and the tile floor to allow any water that gets between the tiles to have additional space to work its way out. We have had many installers use similar waterproofing methods for water features, showers, etc. and have not reported any problems.

Are these tiles ground stone mixed with resin?
No, these tiles are 100 percent natural stone that has a split face. These stones are collected from area manufacturers and are pieces that are too small to be sold as remnants and would end up in our landfills if it wasn’t for this process.

How much do granite tiles cost?
Because our product is manufactured from materials that were traditionally sent to landfills, our tile is a fraction of the cost of slab granite and marble. Custom blends are subject to higher prices. Quantity discounts are available. Most of our tile is in the $8-$10 per square foot range; however, we often have specials on select color blends.

How much tile will I need for my kitchen backsplash?
The average kitchen backsplash is about 35 square feet, but every kitchen is different, we can help you with how to measure. And, don’t forget, you’ll need a little extra because of cutting, etc.

How do I cut Natural Valley Recycled Granite tiles during the installation process?
Our split-face tiles are cut easily with a standard wet tile saw or an angle grinder.

Where can I use Natural Valley Recycled Granite tiles?
Because this is a 100 percent natural stone product, it is perfect to use anywhere.... indoors or out! Split face granite tiles make a stunning backsplash in the kitchen or bath, beautiful fireplace surrounds, spa-like shower surrounds, fabulous outdoor kitchen applications, spectacular for waterfalls, and interior and exterior walls in home or commercial applications. You can even use our tiles below grade in basement applications!

Do the tiles need to be sealed?
It depends on the application. We recommend that if they are going to be used in a backsplash or other application where they will be subject to staining from food, you should use a commercially available stone sealer made for granite and marble. You may also want to seal the tiles if they are being used as a fireplace surround to protect them from soot. Basically, treat these tiles the same way you would treat any other granite or marble tiles when it comes to protecting them by using a sealant.

If you are concerned about changing the natural look of the stone by using a sealer, we recommend “Miracle” brand “511 Impregnator” it is an excellent penetrating sealer and will not change the natural look of your granite or marble when it dries. If you want a wet look, we recommend the finish sealer “Mira Matte” applying multiple coats of this sealer will give a shinier finish. We do not recommend gloss sealers.

There are two basic types of sealers, penetrating sealers and finish sealers. Because most stains in stone are actually residue in the pores of the stone rather than stains on the surface, they can be very hard to remove. A penetrating sealer will protect the stone from grease and oils that can be absorbed into the stone and stain it. Finish sealers are thicker and act like a top coat that will actually fill in the pores of the stone and make it easier to clean. However, ALL finish sealers will change the look of the stone.

What’s the best way to clean the gaps in between the tiles if something like food particles gets stuck in them?
Just use a small soft bristle brush like a fingernail brush or a tooth brush.

Do I need to be concerned with the high temperatures from the bon fires in the fire pit?
We have tested granite fire pits for about 2 years now.  There is a  display pit that that is used 1-3 times a week.  Also, we have made fire intentionally as hot as we can and the granite holds up fine. If you use silicone to assemble your fire pit, the silicone is only rated to 500 degrees. We have found that the silicone can breakdown over time if you make really hot fires. The pits were originally designed to be dry stacked without any adhesive so if the silicone breaks down over time it’s not really an issue.
The picture on the website of the large square pit was a pit that was never glued together. There was a fire in that pit that was so hot (600+ degrees) it cooked the black carbon/soot off the stone that was there from previous fires. The pit was disassembled about 2 months ago to make changes in the back yard. All the stones are in good shape and will be reused.

Does your product qualify for LEED® points?
Yes, it is LEED certified, we encourage inquiries from builders, architects and designers. For details on LEED for Homes qualification, click here. For details on LEED for New Construction and Major Renovation, click here.

How do I order my tile?
Just give us call. We are available for assistance and questions! We will work with you on special orders and requests. Quantity discounts available.

Call us at 317-456-4217