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Installation instructions

Installation instructions - 1 Α) INSTALLING CONCRETE PAVERS
The main advantage of concrete pavers in comparison with other flooring materials is that they are simply laid on a bed of crushed sand. This results in easy, accelerated and, above all, cost-effective installation. Moreover, in case that later on we wish to perform additional works on the substrate (e.g. cable passing), it is a breeze to “lift” the pavers, conduct any required works and put them back in place!

An essential prerequisite for a proper paver installation is the ground to be hard and settled and definitely not polder. In case of such a non-compacted substrate, one should definitely proceed to soil “modulation” using coarse crushed aggregates (30-70mm), compaction with a road roller and manufacturing of a substrate using mixed crushed aggregates. Some typical decks for installing pavers are: concrete, earth, asphalt.

Below you may find a simplified description regarding pavers' installation guidelines. However, in case you wish high aesthetics results and quality of construction we recommend that you seek for a professional paver contactor or consult us.

STEP 1: SUBSTRATE PREPARATION
Place the aggregate macadam on the surface on which the pavers are going to be laid. Note that, after installation, the surface shall have been elevated about 10 cm (in the case of pavers or 6cm thickness). Wet the macadam and compact it with a road roller. Remember to take into account that the pitch of the surface should be appropriate so that satisfactory drainage of the rainwater is accomplished.

STEP 2: PLACING THE KERBS
“Casing” is essential in all concrete paver works since it provides for tight interlocking and prevents scattering. Dig a ditch 10 – 15 cm in depth. Compute that the curb clearance (over the compacted aggregate macadam is about 10-12 cm. Plumb the curbs and cement them with mortar.

STEP 3: LAYING THE SAND

Before the paver installation you should lay the sand (of crushed stone) bedding. Level the sand using an ell and create convenient pitches for the rainwater drainage.

STEP 4: INSTALLING THE PAVERS

STEP 5: CUTTING THE PAVERS
Using a ruler, measure and plot every paver you wish to cut. The cut may be conducted with a water cutter, an angular wheel or, even better, a paver shearer. Place the cut pavers, wedging them inside the remaining voids of the edges of the surface.

STEP 6: COMPACTION
Spread over the installed pavers, dry sea sand. Brush with a broom so that the sand penetrates into the joints. Vibrate with a vibrator. Your new concrete paver floor is now ready!

Β) MATONELA® TILES INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
The most common installation methods for Matonela® tiles are
We recommend that during the installation procedure, particular care and attention is paid so that the laid floor is kept clean..

Installation with tile adhesive

A tile adhesive suitable for natural stone, marble or granite is highly preferable.
2) Installation using cement mortar

Installation Tips

For achieving a perfect outcome we suggest that you clean and seal the installed tile floor. These works should be conducted immediately after the adhesion of the tiles and before grouting.
All joints should be properly cleaned before grouting. The excess grout should be removed immediately.

- It is advisable to use grout that matched the tile color so as to avoid color variation on the tile surface.
- Especially in the case of installing Matonela tiles of light colours (white, yellow, ochre, etc) caution should be taken that the grout is light-colored as well since, there is a probability, that darker colours stain the tiles (and make after-cleaning a quite difficult task).
- For removing excess grout from Natural and Shot blasted Matonela tiles use a stiff brush or a sponge. Go over the surface as many times as necessary to clean completely the excess grout.

For Natural and Shot blasted Matonela tiles we suggest the following:
  1. Joints equal or greater than 6mm
  2. Good cleaning (of tile adhesive residues, stains, dust or other impurities) otherwise the sealing process will entrap all these undesirable substances making further cleaning very difficult.
  3. Sealing using our impregnating sealer “Seal 10”
  4. Grouting with coarse grout (used for joints exceeding 6mm) after 24 hours. Remove excess grout immediately using a sponge and water.

For Antique and Polished Matonela tiles we suggest the following:
  1. Good cleaning (of tile adhesive residues, stains, dust or other impurities)
  2. Sealing using our impregnating sealer “Seal 5”.
  3. Grouting 24 hours after the application of Seal 5

Alternatively (for Polished and Antique tiles):
  1. Good cleaning (of tile adhesive residues, stains, dust or other impurities).
  2. Soak the tiles and grout using the same color as the tiles (or white). Next, clean using a sponge, well.