Tips & tricksMatonela® tiles are a material which is composed of natural raw materials. Hence it “lives” and “breaths” like all natural stone does. Consequently, there is a necessity for care and maintenance during installation as well as after it. So, do protect Matonela tiles as much as possible.
1.For avoiding staining during installation due to works that are carried out near the floor (e.g. oily substances used for paintworks) or accidentally (milk, coffee, etc), cover the installed tile floor with a nylon sheet or similar protective material.
2. Immediately after installation and before grouting (given that the floor is completely clean and dry), seal the tiles with a suitable impregnating agent for future protection.
- Could I install Matonela® tiles with no joint so as to achieve a uniform floor?
Yes, you can. The tile dimensions are exact, with near zero tolerance and low thermal expansion. This makes it possible that tiles may be placed adjacently with the prerequisite that you provide for expansion joints every 10 sq.m.
- What is more cost effective, to construct a concrete floor or to install concrete pavers?
In most parts of the world the construction cost for a 10 square meters floor with concrete pavers is half the cost of a concrete floor. The larger the project the more cost effective is the construction of a floor with concrete. However, concrete pavers offer greater versatility of color and designs. Also, the compression strength is much higher that that of normal concrete. Moreover, the replacement of a broken paver is much easier that the repair of a cracked or broken concrete pavement.
- What is the role of the small protruding profiles on the sides of the pavers?
The spacer nibs allow for “automatic” joint creation between the pavers. Thus, joint filling with sand becomes feasible. Without these joints the pavers would rub to each other, causing detritions of the edges due to friction and deterioration of the paver floor.
- Why coloured pavers are manufactured in 2 layers, a thick grey lower-layer and a thin coloured upper layer? Is there any worry that the upper colored layer may wear away and cause the lower layer to appear thus creating discoloration?
The existence of 2 layers offers significant advantages.
1) Use of coarse concrete in the lower grey layer and achievement of higher strength.
2) Use of finer concrete in the upper layer and achievement of better surface finish.