Why White Tiles are Trending
It seems the most timeless colour will soon be the most timely. Benjamin Moore, the paint company whose colour sense is counted on by more design professionals than any other has just declared its colour of the year for 2016 as “Simply White.” This is a profound absence-of-colour statement coming from the 132-year-old firm whose colour fan decks are as ubiquitous in design offices as floor plans and elevations. The Mosa design team agrees with Benjamin Moore’s theory that white may be both the silent hero of the design world and its next big thing.
Ceramic Tile Surfaces that Endure
Most architects and designers have a deep desire to build a body of work - a legacy of meaningful design that endures over decades and longer. Designing spaces that last begins with specifying environmental aspects such as hard surfaces that will remain fresh and intact for years to come. Knowledge of current and advanced technologies and best practices in specification is a key to success in every project.
Stay Mainly in the Plane: Ensuring an Even Finish with Porcelain Tile
Are you so meticulous it’s ridiculous? You’re not alone. Architects and designers have to be precise, exacting, and detail oriented in order to achieve a fully realized final design. When it comes to tile surfaces, design professionals must count on suppliers to manufacture products that can achieve the level of aesthetic and practical excellence they want for their projects. A smooth finish with an even and uniform appearance requires that you pay careful attention to two key factors:
How to choose the perfect tiles for your roof terrace
Does your building have little or no garden? In that case creating a roof terrace can be the answer. A roof terrace is ideal for enjoying the sunshine of early spring and sunbathing in midsummer. A few lounge chairs, a parasol, some plants, a nice cold glass of wine… Pure bliss! With the right tiles, a roof terrace adds value to a building and can even make a remarkable extension of the interior.
Are you a tiler? Here’s what you need to know about BIM
Imagine a world where tilers have all the information they need at their fingertips, without having to depend on other parties to contact suppliers for them. A world where tilers know exactly which tiles, adhesive, grout, etcetera to order and how tiles should be placed, all at a glance. This way of working is only a click of a button away when contractors, architects, tilers, and everyone else involved in the building process collaborate through Building Information Modelling (BIM).
Tile Conundrum: Finding a Low-Maintenance Surface that Really Sticks
When designers promise clients a low-maintenance finish, delivering on that promise requires upfront due diligence. How can you ensure that a wall or flooring surface will really be low maintenance over time? Absorption rates are key for surfaces when you’re considering ease of maintenance for your client. Tiles that are denser absorb less water so they are easier to clean and dry faster. Easy cleaning means a cost-effective maintenance schedule, and tile that dries faster is less susceptible to common undesirable conditions such as mildew (think about vertical tile at the baseboard level), and is also a safer choice for public areas where a wet floor in a high traffic area can spell disaster in the form of slip-and-fall accidents. For tile surfaces, look for the ASTM C373 rating, which needs to be 0.5% for porcelain tile surfaces.
Eight Healthy Reasons to Specify Ceramic Tile
There are many considerations in specifying materials and surfaces for the built environment, but perhaps none are more compelling than the health and safety of those who will inhabit the space. Sometimes an even greater challenge for design professionals can be quickly and simply communicating the benefits of their selections to clients during concept and design meetings. The trade organization Tile Council of North America (TCNA) has compiled a bulletin outlining all of the health and safety benefits that are naturally inherent to ceramic tile. In a world where many people are hearing dire media reports about “Sick Building Syndrome” and the potential toxicity and possible long-term health impacts of chemicals in modern building products, it is comforting to know that these concerns are a complete non-issue with ceramic tile.