The choice of tiles alone, with the extremely wide range of glaze producers in Poland, is already a feat – we have at least several hundred designs available, so the specific decision seemed to be the end of dilemmas. Nothing could be more wrong – problems have just begun.
Unfortunately, glass tiles are not glued with “normal” glaze adhesive, but white, with increased parameters – by the applicable standard – type C2. It’s good that the contractor at Rafal’s is experienced and with appropriate knowledge, because these expensive tiles could simply be wasted in the world, by the way wasting health of the investor. And it would be a problem if the tiles did not require cutting.
It turned out that unfortunately, the tiler could not do it with the available machines. Glass inserts require a specialized company that will not chip the glass and will cut tiles to size using water-jet machines. . Due to the complexity of the whole operation, the plates were transported to the Abimex company in the following days, where the specialists made every effort to do it perfectly. Even such an experienced tiler-perfectionist with a tendency to malcontent, which he works at Rafal, appreciated the cut class and the pace of doing this work.
And what miracles can be realized thanks to such professional cutting, you can see in the photo. This is one of the implementations of the Abimex company. To make such a lizard (he is not a drawing on tiles), it was necessary to buy additional tiles of a different colour and cut them out twice, then to change the centre. But the effect is amazing.
GOOD TIPS FOR lAYING TIlES
- Make sure what glue they require and whether the tiler can cut them himself (this will affect the delivery time, price and most importantly – the final result).
- Remember that stoneware is harder to cut, so it costs more.
- Not every contractor knows how to put the epoxy grout correctly (recommended for the shower), which means it requires more work, lasts longer and costs more again.
- Find out if you can lay an epoxy grout on selected tiles.
- Have you selected the large tiles? Remember that it is much harder to lay and sometimes you need two people to do it.
- 6. The wall must be perfectly straight under the glass inserts.
- Find a company in advance that will touch the tiles so that they do not delay work during the renovation.
- Great responsibility lies with the contractor: for the tiles to be cut well, they must be marked – straight lines up to the millimetre, and holes – marking the centre point and diameter. In our case, the contractor even “picked out” the can of contacts from the wall and taped it in the right place on the tile, so that when cutting the tile there was no doubt that the can must go through the hole.
- Note what your artist draws lines on the tiles. Sometimes you don’t want to wash away a special thick pencil from white, e.g. one from Castorama. And there are known cases of drawing … with a marker.
- If you do not have to live in the renovation, remember about regular visits to the construction site (in principle, a part-time job) or oblige the designer/supervisor (additional costs). This avoids confusion and awkward situations that, for example, bathroom tiles have been glued in the kitchen and kitchen tiles in the bathroom.
- The role of the investor is also to number the tiles, how they are to be laid in patterns – one by one. Otherwise, it may turn out that when working with several independent teams, someone will translate some tiles to, for example, paint the walls … and then the effect will be different from the assumed one.