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Early non-traditional or system built housing wasn't built for the long-term and doesn't meet today's thermal standards
Initially a choice needs to be made regarding where to position additional insulation in the structure
Changing the use of a building often requires physical changes to its external fenestration, completely reshaping its structure
Renders are sometimes required to be applied to cover up bad construction practice and inappropriate surfaces
A proven fast-track method of concrete or steel frame construction. Infill walls need to be provided and the structural frame kept warm and dry
Concrete structures often show signs of unsightly degradation over a period of time and can eventually affect the structure
Single-skin construction requires significant attention to detail at openings to avoid moisture tracking around seals and into the inner face
Underfloor heating can cause an array of issues if not tiled onto correctly, from cracking due to heat expansion to damaging wires with your trowel.
Since uncoupling membranes are available in many different types, it is important to be aware of issues you may face when tiling. Image courtesy of Schluter Systems Ltd
It's important that the finished tile surface is flat with no tiles standing higher than the others. However, if the substrate is uneven, a number of problems can arise.
Anhydrite screeds have become quite popular, but tilers must be aware of a number of potential problems.
Floating floors are those which are used to improve insulation and/or to reduce noise. As they are not attached to a rigid substrate, they require extra care when tiling onto.
Newly-laid screeds take time to stabilise, so tiling onto the screed too early can end in disaster as the screed shrinks during the drying process.
Tiles classed as 'natural materials' vary immensely from ceramics in appearance and application requirements
Natural stone tiles require careful preparation prior to grouting, and need regular maintenance
Tiled areas in kitchens, bathrooms and showers can be subject to high humidity or water, which means the a waterproofing layer needs to be applied before laying tiles.
Whereas tiles are rigid and brittle, timber floors are flexible, which causes some movement in timber floors which need to be considered prior to tiling. Image courtesy of Schluter Systems Ltd.
A range of specialist products are available from Weber that can protect concrete from the ingress of water and chemicals
Concrete damage has many causes with various different solutions to restore the structure
Existing masonry is designed as a finish in its own right but may not be suitable to accept a direct application of render
Renders are not adhesives and require a combination of suction and mechanical key to bond to the substrate
Although timber frames are treated, they are vulnerable to rot and need to be kept in a warm, dry environment
Due to the amount of unknown anomalies, we cannot guarantee rendering over existing systems, nor is it advised
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