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:
School of Hard Knocks: The 2 Best Tests for Minimizing Abrasion, Maximizing Hardness
A designer’s reputation may be only as enduring as their spaces. Considering the cost of renovations of any space, the materials used must be able to endure over time – often for decades. The American aesthetic, unlike that of Europe and some other global places which value a time-worn patina, prefers that finishes remain looking the same as the day they were installed. Sourcing porcelain that is wear-resistant is key to satisfying this requirement. Whether the concern is office areas with chair-drag, public high traffic areas or stair treads, using the right porcelain tile will mean a worry free installation. More important, however, is how well it will fare in terms of surface integrity. Abrasion and scratching can be gateway issues for bigger problems down the road.
Installing Large Format Tiles: What You Need to Know
Using large format tile has many advantages. Among the most common advantages are easier maintenance and room size perception. Generally speaking it is far easier to clean the face of a tile than it is to clean the grout and large tile tends to make the room in which it is installed appear larger. The use of large format patterns also creates dynamic looks; dramatically increasing the visual impact of a space.
Understanding and Mastering Slip-Resistance
Every design professional knows that slip-resistance is critical in commercial flooring applications. But when you see the numbers, you may wish there was a way to have a little extra assurance that your tile selection is the right one. The good news: there is.
Tips for Worry-Free Tile Installation
Once tiles are adhered to a wall or a floor, even if they look great, it is extremely difficult to initially judge the quality of the installation. Over time, if the system is not sound, it could fail, resulting in cracking, lippage, loss of adhesion and even water damage. Getting it right the first time merely requires communicating information to installers from a simple checklist, and knowing how to access the very latest technical information.
Jury of 3: Top Hospitality Designers Name Leading HD Products
Choosing design elements for hospitality projects requires, as Liam Neeson might say, “a particular set of skills.” Hospitality design has become a place where trends are set, and from which residential design borrows both great ideas and superb functionalities. Products destined for hotels, restaurants, spas and resorts must be beautiful and durable, must adhere to safety standards and must retain their good looks and workability under a punishing level of high traffic and an unrelenting maintenance schedule.
How to ensure tight grout lines
Grout line widths are a personal preference. There is no such thing as an ideal size for grout lines, although we must admit that small tiles do tend to look their best with narrow grout joints. If you have your heart set on tight grout joints, then you are in for a challenge! Although grouting narrow joints is basically the same process as grouting wider joints, forcing grout into those small spaces can prove quite challenging. But no one said it’s impossible! Here are a few insider tips and tricks to help you install the perfectly tight grout joint.
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.
BIM for contractors: key benefits and challenges
Contractors play a key role in construction processes, which become more demanding every day. They are constantly under pressure to work faster, more cost-efficient, and execute the ideas of architects better than their competitors. They are subject to tight deadlines, stringent regulations and complex calculations. In a bid to continue meeting their clients’ ever-increasing expectations, contractors are increasingly turning to Building Information Modelling (BIM).
5 Reasons 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.