Combined terracotta floors tiles
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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The terracota tiles have a high durability and over the years will acquire the aged appearance so characteristic of Andalusian patios.
If we want to keep them practically as the first day for many years, a protective treatment can be applied on them.
If the tiles are installed outdoors , we must take into account the weather conditions in our area, as this will be a determining factor when it comes to maintenance and, therefore, the condition of the tiles over the years.
In our factory of floors, tiles and terracota bricks our terracota tiles of the most common sizes that we work are subjected to the following resistance tests:
- Frost resistance: UNE-EN ISO 10545-12
- Flexural strength and breaking strength: UNE-EN ISO 10545-4:2019
- Resistance to displacement of surfaces for pedestrian traffic. Wet test: UNE 41901 EX
They are most commonly used for exterior and interior flooring. In the smallest formats and with the appropriate thickness, they are also used for wall cladding. You can also use these terracotta tiles for kitchen, it will give a special and natural touch to your kitchen.
We always recommend applying a protective treatment to terracotta floors, whether the installation is done outdoors or indoors.
What we achieve is to reduce the absorption of liquids, thus avoiding the appearance of mold, verdigris, saltpeter stains, possible filtrations and providing greater resistance to frost.
It is very easy to apply, we will only need wide brushes and spread the liquid evenly and without excesses, respecting the time between coats recommended by the manufacturer.
Contact us and we will advise you on which treatment is best for your floor.
Our terracota slabs have been subjected to the “Slip resistance” test. Pendulum method (CTE) [UNE-ENV 12633:2003 -Anexo A]”, obtaining a slip resistance value of 87, which classifies it according to CTE as a class 3 floor.
This result makes it valid for use under the following conditions:
- Indoor wet areas: surfaces with slopes equal to or greater than 6% and stairs.
- Indoor areas where, in addition to water, there may be agents that reduce slip resistance (grease, lubricants, etc.) such as industrial kitchens, slaughterhouses, garages, industrial use areas, etc.
- Outdoor areas. Swimming pools (2). Showers.
The main requirement for the correct installation of terracotta floors 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 the terracota slabs we must pay special attention to the 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 the work.
- 2. Organization: To carry out a rethinking before getting down to work will help us to obtain a better quality result and to avoid unforeseen events or improvisations as much as possible.
It is advisable to make sure that the surface where we are going to install the tiles is completely clean to avoid problems that once installed are more complicated to solve.
- Laying joints, bonding and grouting materials: We always recommend leaving a laying joint of at least 1 cm, but if the client prefers less, the minimum would be about 5 mm.
- 4. Cleaning: Once the entire installation process has been completed, we must proceed to clean all the remains of work on the surface of the tiles and joints. We recommend the use of special products for terracotta.
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, being able to apply the protective treatment to terracota floors 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.
If we talk about cleaning at the end of the work, the ideal is to to hire professionals who have the necessary machinery to do so.The machine can be a rotary machine with mechanical brushes to remove all the debris and a vacuum cleaner to remove all the dust and residues resulting from the polishing process. In addition, a specialized cleaning product that does not damage the mud, such as Sanet or L09, should be used.
As for daily cleaning, it is very important not to use detergents that may deteriorate the terracota floors or the treatments applied on them. By simply using a clean bucket and mop (without residues of other cleaners) and the appropriate product (such as Cerabric or L10 from VES) mixed in clean water in the proportions indicated by the manufacturer, we will achieve the expected result.