Tessellated Floors: Product Information
Tessellated floors are formed from tiles of varying size, shape and colour that fit together to produce a geometric repetitive pattern.
Our product is suitable for use in both traditional and contemporary settings and we can also reproduce most original patterns.
Vitrified Porcelain – Made in Italy
Vitrified porcelain is obtained from a mix of white clays coloured with pigments. Fired at very high temperatures, vitrified porcelain is dense with very low water absorption levels. Other properties include good slip resistance (R10 slip rating), frost resistance, chemical resistance and excellent resistance to breakage and abrasion.
Our range of vitrified porcelain is made in Italy and has been sealed in the factory prior to firing as part of the manufacturing process.
No further sealing is required after installation.
Tile thickness – 7mm.
Areas of Use
Tessellated tiles can be used in a variety of internal and external residential and commercial applications. Due to the nature of tessellated patterns they offer good slip resistance and can be used in wet areas.
It is important to employ a tiler experienced in tessellated tiling as it involves time and thought setting out the pattern correctly, understanding where to start and finish the repeat of the pattern, and how to turn borders correctly around corners.
Tessellated patterns and borders are supplied as loose pieces (not on sheets). This is done to ensure that the product, once laid, is authentic in appearance and aesthetically pleasing. Joint sizes between tile pieces can vary throughout a floor from 1mm to 3mm. This is to accommodate any size variation from tile to tile and allows the tiler to open and close up the joints to ensure patterns and borders work. Always allow for an infill tile to be placed on the outside edge of the border. After centering the main pattern and border the tiler cuts the infill tile to suit.
Tessellated tiles can be laid in a traditional bed of sand and cement or a non-slump glue with a 10mm notched trowel. Your tiler will advise you of which method will suit your project.
Tessellated Floors – Cleaning & Maintenance
The Renditions unglazed range of tessellated floor tiles has the colour going all the way through the tile. They are extremely hard wearing and abrasion resistant.
To care for our Vitrified Porcelain tiles we recommend the following steps
Step 1 Acid wash
Three to five days after the tiles have been laid and grouted, wash with a phosphoric acid cleaner to remove excess cement, mortar and grout residue from the surface. We do not recommend using hydrochloric acid.
Step 2 Neutralise
Rinse the floor thoroughly with water or a neutral cleaner to remove all acid.
Step 3 Cleaning & Maintaining
To maintain your tiles clean as often as needed with a neutral or heavy duty cleaning product. Abrasive cleaning pads, brushes and brooms can be used to scrub the tiles as they will not scratch or damage the tiles.
Speak to your retailer as to which products they recommend and follow the manufacturer’s application guidelines.