Natural elements in an apartment, house or office - this is a spectacular design solution that will give a special piquancy to any room. And it is not necessary to make a single style of the interior, separate inserts and eclecticism are permissible. For example, it is interesting to look at a wall made of “wild stone” in a room in a nautical style or in a high-tech kitchen. But even for a classic living room such an element can be used. And, as for the lofts, ethnic and Scandinavian interior, the tile will be in them the main forming material. Today she is in trend. Laconic design and coarse, but at the same time, elegant simplicity is becoming fashionable, and with the improvement of production technologies for imitating natural materials, decorative stone facing tiles look realistic.
The popularity of this design supports the trendy direction of a healthy lifestyle, ecology.
The widespread use of artificial tiles, imitating a wall of cobblestones, due to its advantages. Material advantages:
But when choosing a building material can not focus only on the positive aspects. It is better to be aware of all of its shortcomings in advance in order to minimize them during use.We must understand what will have to sacrifice, if you choose this tile, and not something else. The main disadvantages of the material:
There are several classifications of tiles under natural stone. One of them shares the varieties of this material on the applications. Types of decorative tiles, depending on the place of application:
The tile is made in two modifications: plaster and ceramics. The plaster tile, as a rule, imitates a natural stone or a brick wall. It is durable, allows you to forget about the cosmetic repair of the room for many years to come. There are colored and unpainted, smooth or embossed varieties of material. It is used in the decoration of enclosed loggias and balconies, walls and ceilings in rooms and corridors. Gypsum tiles are used to decorate home fireplaces, but for fire safety it is better to equip them with thermal insulation panels. The natural composition of gypsum allows you to maintain a favorable microclimate.Still, this material is not used in the decoration of baths and saunas due to the high moisture absorption. For the same reasons, after installation in any room, the tile is treated with a water-repellent agent.
No substances will help to cope with the “wild stone” of gypsum with climatic factors, so it is not used in the exterior cladding of houses.
The tile from ceramics possesses the increased durability and durability. It is able to withstand a variety of mechanical loads without damaging its integral structure. The material is used in the facade decoration, because it is not exposed to the climatic effects of the environment (although, of course, when choosing a product and brand, it is necessary to focus on regional features). But the main role of ceramic tiles plays in the interior of the living room, dining room, kitchen, hallway and bathroom. If you want the room to look “richer”, you can make inserts from tiles that imitate marble or onyx. Moreover, in accordance with international standards, this material practically does not differ from natural analogues in its technical properties and appearance.A wide range of ceramic stone tiles allows you to choose the best material for absolutely any architectural solution. And it does not absorb dirt and odors, and therefore easy to use.
The color solutions of the tiles are diverse and completely imitate the elements of nature. Moreover, the dual technology of coloring the relief base leads to the fact that there are no two identical tiles. Color veins and bumps will always vary. The choice of hue depends on the style and personal preferences of the designer, but all the same when using this material should be based on the natural palette. It is customary to classify decorative tiles by color, depending on the type of stone that is simulated. There are the following types:
There is a huge number of options for using decorative brick tiles. Conventionally, they can be divided into standard and non-standard. Standard methods include:
As non-standard (conditional) methods of using artificial stone are called:
Artificial decorative stone for exterior and interior decoration is selected based on the parameter price, durability, reliability, ease of use and appearance. You should also carefully consider the manufacturer of the goods. If the firm has long established itself in the market and has a large range of products, then its decorative tiles can be purchased. By law, tiles are not subject to mandatory certification, but the presence of such a document indicates that the company is attentive to its consumer and conducts product tests (if a large holding buys goods from a small manufacturing company, it always requires technical documentation for inspections). If the consultant refuses to provide quality certificates, you should think about the advisability of making a purchase.
When choosing a fake stone, you should pay attention to its cold resistance performance. The larger they are, the longer the material will last (this applies not only to the facade, but also to the inner lining).The correct tile has a textured surface, indistinguishable from ordinary natural stone. When buying a tile you need to look at its surface. If it is porous, then this indicates a violation of the production technology (for example, the injection mixture was moved). Such a stone will be short-lived, moisture will begin to fall into the formed pores, which will lead to the destruction of the material. You should also pay attention to the thickness of the product. Depending on the purpose of the tile, it varies from 1 to 5 centimeters. Ideally, the thickness of the stone should be uniform throughout its length and width. In case of irregularities such decorative tiles will be difficult to lay on the wall or on the floor, additional finishing works will be required to restore the marriage (at least visually).
The whole process of laying artificial stone is divided into the following stages:
Caring for decorative tiles is a timely rubbing of dust. To avoid problems with an excess of moisture, the lining is treated with hydrophobic sprays. Thanks to such a coating, the tile can later be safely washed. But it is better to use not a regular, but a special rag with microfiber for its processing. Also suitable spray for spraying flowers. Effective will be cleaning with a vacuum cleaner (preferably detergent).For some surfaces, a static broom is shown, but it is necessary only for dry cleaning. To clean the kitchen apron fit the usual porous sponge. As a detergent, it is better to choose special products for processing artificial stone. Sometimes they use fabric softener, but it is not necessary to abuse this method, since the surface of the tile can deteriorate. The frequency of cleaning the decorative stone depends on the humidity of the room, as well as the location of dust-collecting items in the apartment (house, office).
Tile - the perfect interior solution for the premises for any purpose. Just for each design development uses a certain type of material. Artificial stone helps to focus attention on important details in the interior and dilutes the monotonous finish. Due to the ease of installation, it can be put even with your own hands, without resorting to the help of tiled specialists, which reduces the cost of repair. If necessary, a person will choose tiles of any price category and quality. And the disadvantages of strength, which are inherent in artificial stone, practically do not manifest themselves with proper installation and further operation.The key advantage of artificial tile is that it is mounted after the completion of the overhaul and in perfect harmony with any building materials.