Cement tiles - The decorative design of indoor and outdoor areas
Cement tiles are a historical building material that came into fashion especially in the 19th century. These tiles can still be found in numerous Mediterranean buildings. Even then, the cement tiles were used for the design of the floors and walls, as is still the case today. These products are particularly popular due to their high-quality appearance, which can range from natural pastel shades to elaborate patterns. There are also some advantageous properties. Accordingly, it is not surprising that the popularity of cement tiles has risen again, even today.
The material of the tiles is a great advantage for you as a user. Here, they are not fired, but simply bind with water, as is usual with cement. This leads to a very natural look and surface in the cement tiles. For motif tiles with different paintings, the color transitions are correspondingly soft, which ensures a natural look. Furthermore, the surface of the cement tiles always remains slightly porous, which also ensures a softer look. Another advantage you can expect is that the surface treatment with impregnation makes the cement tiles impervious to stains. This means that they can not only be easily cleaned, but also retain their unique appearance for a long time. Likewise, it should not be neglected that you can flexibly decide to use the cement tiles for wall or floor design.
What advantages and positive characteristics can be expected from the cement tiles?
Finally, one of the advantages is that you can easily complete the laying of the cement tiles.
The preparatory work for the installation and what you should consider
The preparation includes the selection of a suitable natural stone adhesive. It makes sense to choose a mineral adhesive that matches your substrate and, of course, the cement tiles. In this way you get a stable connection between surface and tile. When preparing, it is also important to ensure that the cement tiles must not become damp. It is therefore important that you pay attention to dry storage. This also means that you should not lay the tiles immediately after purchase. It is better to unpack the cement slabs first and let them acclimate at the respective construction site for at least one week. If you do not follow this procedure, stress cracks may occur on the surface of the cement tiles.
Furthermore, you should make sure that the surface is correctly processed before the panels are laid. This does not only mean that the floor or wall must be dry and clean. Rather, it is also important to ensure that the substrate is resilient and dimensionally stable. Likewise, this must be free of substances that reduce liability and have a correct primer.