All our handmade tiles and bricks are produced in Velez Malaga, Spain. Following the Andalusian tradition and are shipped to Spain and all parts of the world.
Each piece is the result of manual work, obtaining surfaces, edges, irregularities and shading that cannot be replicated by a machine.
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If there is one thing that characterizes terracota bricks, it is their durability.
With a minimum maintenance and a correct installation we will be able to keep them for years and years without any problem.
It is true that depending on the climatic conditions of the area where they are installed, they may be subject to more adverse conditions, such as frost, but our bricks have been tested with the requirements indicated in the UNE-EN ISO 10545-12 standard “Ceramic tiles. Part 12: Determination of frost resistance”, obtaining a favorable result after 100 freeze/thaw cycles without any of them being damaged.
The best example is that even today we can still enjoy monuments such as the Alhambra in Granada or the Alcazaba in Malaga.
In our terracota brick, flooring and tile factory our terracotta bricks are subjected to the following resistance tests:
- Compressive strength: UNE-EN 772-1
- Frost resistance: UNE-EN ISO 10545-12
- Bending strength and breaking strength: UNE-EN ISO 10545-4:2019
- Resistance to displacement of surfaces for pedestrian traffic. Wet test: UNE 41901 EX
If you need to have the results of any of them in particular, please contact us and we will assist you.
As for the uses they are put to, they range from the construction of walls, small ceramic-based greenhouses, fireplaces, wood-burning ovens, fountains, mud brick floors…
Although it is not mandatory, we always recommend applying a treatment. They are handmade mud bricks, so their porosity makes them prone to absorb possible liquids spilled on them or the rain itself (which can cause the appearance of saltpeter).
By applying a water repellent treatment, we can reduce porosity and have a brick that is better protected against daily stains and weather conditions.
If you need advice on the treatment to be applied, please contact us and we will advise you 😊
A good acoustic insulation will be composed of several layers of different materials selected according to the requirements we have to insulate the different rooms, being key the total mass per unit area. The more mass we have, the greater the insulation.
A wall of terracotta bricks or a wall covered with terracotta tiles will contribute to the acoustic insulation and will be part of the overall ensemble.
Regarding technical properties, one difference to be taken into account is that terracota tiles (glazed or unglazed) have greater water absorption than ceramic tiles. This is something we should not worry about if we are going to install them indoors.
The main requirement for the correct installation of terracota bricks is to have tiling professionals who are qualified to carry out a good technique.
The following points should always be taken into account:
- Laying period: When laying mud bricks, special attention should be paid to weather conditions. In particular, if we are working outdoors, we must plan for rain, wind or possible snowfalls that negatively affect the materials used during installation.
- Organization: Carrying out a layout before getting down to work will help us to obtain a better quality result and avoid possible unforeseen events or improvisations as much as possible.
It is advisable to make sure that the surface where we are going to install the bricks is completely clean to avoid problems that once installed are more complicated to solve.
- Installation joints, bonding and grouting materials: We always recommend leaving an installation joint of at least 1 cm, but if the client prefers less, the minimum would be about 5 mm.
We recommend the use of adhesive cement as a bonding material. The main reason is that the drying time will be faster (it is important to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations) than if we use traditional mortars and we will be able to apply the protective treatment to the bricks earlier.
As for the grouting, it is important to make sure that the joints are dry and free of debris. Gray/white cement and sand are usually used. There is also the possibility of using tinted cement so that they have a similar shade to the bricks that are being installed.
- Cleaning: Once the entire installation process has been completed, we must proceed to clean all the remains of the work on the surface of the bricks and the joints. We recommend the use of special products for terracotta that do not contain chemical agents that could damage them.