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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
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
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
Preparing an uneven floor prior to tiling involves a number of steps to ensure a smooth and even finish
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
Timber and non-tongue and groove floorboards and chipboard are usually subject to large amounts of deflection/movement, and therefore cannot be tiled onto with even the most flexible of tile adhesives
It is possible to tile directly onto tongue and groove wooden floors by using an ultra-flexible (S2) tile adhesive, but another option is to strengthen the substrate with either a layer of floor…
Tiling on plywood is possible, but you’ll need an appropriately flexible tile adhesive to ensure tiles and grout can stand the test of time against cracking
Because wooden floors naturally bend, bounce and expand, tiles can end up cracking under the pressure if installed incorrectly.
Tiling over existing tiles is possible, but there are a few things to first consider.
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.
Tiling onto wood comes with a number of considerations regarding substrate strength and flexibility of adhesive used. 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
We do not recommend rendering over existing render due to the large amount of unknown factors affecting its suitability
Applying a decorative finish over existing render is the preferred option when refreshing the appearance of existing render
Removing existing render is a large undertaking and is likely to result in damage to the substrate
Painted backgrounds aren't suitable for rendering directly over, so the paint will first need to be removed.
There are a number of things to consider when applying an underfloor heating screed, but it’s not as complicated as you might think.
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