The hydraulic tile is a typically artisan product, made entirely by hand, piece by piece, in a manufacturing process little different from the early eighteenth century.
Small irregularities in the design and light stains in colors are the strongest expressions of this craft process. Therefore, there are normal variations in color between one piece and another, even on the same part as well as on the edges and small chips slight imperfections in the drawing.
Unique pieces, different from each other, which together give the room the charm of the old and the warmth of rustic that over time acquires a beauty that only time knows how to give.
Ideal Joint Dimension:
The hydraulic tile has on its traditional laying with dry joint, there is no gap being provided between parts as is done in the application of ceramics.
Settlements with narrow joints have in your final appearance a very positive result and not create the need for corrections in the tile.
After the installation, if you have a small gap between one piece and another, and the customer wants to make the correction, it is recommended to use the joint for ceramics in the same color as the installed part.
Tile does not come with that film (enamel) equal to pottery, remember: making the jointd and cleaning at the same time to prevent the grout from drying on the floor, otherwise it can stain the tile and not come out (only comes out with a sanding machine).
It is always recommended to hire skilled labor, when removing the tiles of the boxes to carry out the placement, put them always in the same way that they come to you when packaged, that is, face to face, as this prevents them from scratching. Clean them with a dry cloth and apply a resin coating on each piece prior to installation.
Their settlement requires some special care, because it is a handmade materials there is no standardization in the height of the tile, which has an average of 17mm with a variation of + or 1mm.
One should therefore compensate this difference in their nesting with the increase/decrease of adhesive mortar on the base. Any and all excess mortar should be immediately clean off the tile surface.
In light floors it is recommended the use of white adhesive mortar and to avoid reflection of dark cement which forms the basis of the tile on the clear surface of the floor.
In settlement checkered chess pieces or floor, where a color is white and the other a dark shade, using different cloths for cleaning the floor during the sealing process with resin.
The hydraulic tile is extremely porous product, thus having a very high absorption of any material; water, dirt, sauces, etc. So waterproofing the floor for his protection is essential.
Insulation and waterproofing:
Waterproofing of the entire subfloor that is in direct contact with the ground is recommended because there is a possibility of moisture being absorbed by the brick and react with the waterproofing applied to it, creating any “white spots”.
In order to waterproof the hydraulic tile the use of acrylic resin its recommend, 2 to 3 coats and subsequently coat a colorless wax.
Before resinar parts, make sure that they are clean and free of dust. We recommend sweeping the floor with a broom by, never wash this floor with bleach and abrasive products. Once the tiles are thoroughly cleaned, one can apply the resin (matte is widely used) with a sheep’s wool roll, not using the foam roller, because it can generate bubbles which mark the floor. Pass 2 to 3 coats with intervals between of 8h. They should always be passed in the same direction (back and forth) and not “cross”.
It is important to wait until the floor is completely dry for the application of the waterproofing, this creates the need to isolate every area after its laying. Failure to observe this period may result in the emergence of “white spots” and disrespect to isolation in dirt stains very difficult to remove.
The wear resistance of the tile is extremely high. It is even recommended for public sidewalks.