28 April, 2008

Tile Installation - DIY, Clay Based Flooring Finishes for Interior Design and Decorating

Brick and Brick Paviours (Tile Installations & Laying)
  • Bricks are made from clay, which is formed into shapes and dried in a kiln.
  • Paviours are made in a similar fashion but they are thinner and often have special finishes on the surface.
  • They are both hard wearing and chemical resistant.
  • They are laid on a bed of mortar.

Ceramic Tiles - About & Installation Tips

  • Ceramic tiles are made from clay, pressed and tempered into the required shape and size and fired at high temperature.
  • They are available in a vast range of colors; sizes and some have textural designs on the surface.
  • They can be used a floor or wall finish.
  • Careful attention needs to be paid on selection in regard to wet areas, as they are very slippery when wet.
  • They have a high durability; they can be broken or cracked if heavy objects are dropped on them.
  • They can be noisy underfoot and cool, but they are excellent for using with under floor heating.
  • They require a level and solid substrate for laying, a concrete slab or plywood sheet.
  • Where there is a large expanse of tiling, expansion joints should be used to allow for expansion or contraction to reduce the risk of cracking. These joints are filled with a compressible sealant product

Quarry Tiles - About & Installation Tips

  • These are made from unrefined extruded, high silica alumina clay that gets pressed into the desired form and hard burnt.
  • They are hard and durable but have a softer composition than ceramic tiles.
  • They can be used with under floor heating.
  • The quality and price is wide ranged and varies depending on the size and thickness.
  • It is an unglazed form of tile, which comes in a natural color selection, red, brown and beiges.
  • They can be sealed but must be done immediately after installation.
  • Like ceramic tiles they are cold underfoot and will break any thing that you drop on it.

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