Tiling is one of the fundamental processes that any construction or comprehensive reform must add. There are many ways to tile and each one gives a different design to each environment. We provide competitive and high-quality services and products as Top Construction Companies In UAE.
In this article, we will explain what exactly tiling is, the differences that exist with flooring, what are some of the patterns for laying tiles and ceramics, and much more relevant information on this topic. Become a true expert in this matter and be clear about everything that we can do to your home.
What Is Tiling?
Tile, is the action of placing tiles, ceramics, tiles, or any type of coating on the walls.
The word tile comes from the Arabic alqá ṭ [ a ]’ and its etymological meaning is to cut. The tiling has two main functions: to protect the walls that built with materials such as bricks, cement, and other types of products and above all as decorative elements.
It is a job carried out by tilers or masons and although it is not a complex task, it does require a certain skill and perfectionism so that the finish is correct.
We carried out the tiling fundamentally in two rooms of a house: bathroom and kitchen. The fundamental reason is that these two places require greater cleaning because they get dirty more than other spaces in the place.
Advantages Of Tiles
One of the main advantages of tiles, or ceramics, is their hygiene and cleanliness.
In addition, their level of absorption is almost zero and they do not leave moisture as they mostly carry enamel that repels water.
Cleaning tiles is much easier and, therefore, it is one of the ideal building materials for bathrooms and kitchens that accumulate more dirt due to cooking in which grease, etc., can jump.
Besides, The Design Is Also Fundamental
As there is a huge variety of coatings with great functionalities, they make a kitchen or bathroom acquire a lot of charm. On the other hand, they are also widespread in certain places such as toilets for hygiene reasons. However, it is not a mandatory rule to place tiles only in bathrooms or kitchens.
There are several perfect models that combine with living rooms or passageways such as stairs.
Among these materials, marble stands out, which provides a lot of light and elegance.
Differences Between Flooring and Tiling
When talking about tiling, many people also think of flooring. The two techniques do the same thing, but the flooring instead of covering walls like tiling, covers floors.
Normally, we cover the walls before the floors, and tiling always starts from below.
It is vitally important to make a perfect leveling to obtain an optimal result. Besides, you should know that wall and usually make floor tiles of different materials, since the floor suffers more due to the impact of footsteps and supports more weight.
Tile Laying Patterns or Designs
Apart from being a technique, tiling is an art. The Arab culture knows a lot about this, as it began to create incredible tiling and flooring, leaving an incredible mark of mosaics and designs that are still surprising today.
There are many ways to tile. You can install the tiles in a simple way or follow one of the many patterns that exist and even create totally original designs.
Most Widespread Patterns
Some of the most widespread patterns are:
The placement of aligned tiles or also called continuous joint, is one of the most widespread due to its simple design.
The tiler places the tiles in line in both directions of the piece.
We followed the meetings. That means that from one end to the other and both horizontally and vertically, we will find the joint lines without interruption.
Within the aligned placement, we find 3 options:
1. Diagonal Aligned Placement at Different Angles.
2. Vertical Aligned Placement.
3. Horizontal Aligned Placement.
Without a doubt, it is one of the most classic designs that always look good.
Flush Tile Laying
Joint locked Tile Placement
Unlike the previous one, joint breaker placement or also called locked or kills joints, is one in which the arrangement of the tiles or ceramics creates a break in the line so that we no longer follow the joint.
Within the joint breaker placement, we find different provisions.
- Horizontal 1/2 Joint Breaker in which alternately place each line, ensuring that the vertical cuts are right in the middle of the upper and lower tiles.
- Horizontal Breaker At 1/3 is the same as above, but the line is placed next to a third of the one above.
- Offset Joint Breaker: Similar to the previous one, but this time the joint lines are further forward.
- Vertical Joint Breaker: we place the pieces vertically in rows in which the horizontal joints meet in the middle of the adjacent pieces.
- Offset Vertical Joint Breaker: the vertical lines of the joints stay in the middle of the piece below.
- Diagonal Joint Breaker: same as horizontal joint breaker, but placing the tiles diagonally. Normally it is usually 45º although it is very variable.
Herringbone, zig-zag, or herringbone laying is one in which the tiles break the lines of the pieces and install forming right angles of 90º.
This type of installation is more complex than joint breakers or strips, since it is necessary to start laying with tiles cut at very specific angles.
Tiling Herringbone Arrangement
Within the herringbone arrangement, we find different types:
- Horizontal herringbone: in this case the angle of the tiles faces the ceiling and the floor.
- Vertical herringbone: here, the angle created by the arrangement of the tiles faces directly to the side.
- Diagonal herringbone: Lastly, the diagonal herringbone placement is one that does not need to cut the tiles in degrees to create it. The design remains as arrows pointing to the top corners.
Bathroom Tiling is one of the actions that carries out the most in homes throughout its useful life. The appearance of new designs and the need to make a reform, makes it one of the most popular construction changes in our houses. To make a correct bathroom tiling, the ideal is to completely remove the old coating and replace it with the new one (later we will talk about tiling over tiling).
On the other hand, coating the walls will be the penultimate thing that will do in the bathroom (the last will be the flooring). If you do not know what type of tiling to choose, the ideal is that you consult the professional and the construction materials company for guidance.
However, we can tell you that, if you have a small or dimly lit bathroom, the ideal is to opt for clear plates with a simple design. In addition, and unlike what you might think, large-format tiles are not ideal since they avoid having too many joints. If you prefer standard size tiles, you can always break up the design a bit with grids.
A qualified professional who promises to do a fantastic job for you. High-quality materials will keep your walls looking great for many years. Remember that your imagination knows no bounds, and if you want to have an original tiling, you can do so with the help of a good tiler.
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