Mosaic a type of covering widespread and used mainly in the bath and kitchen. Its ancient origins date back to the XNUMXth century, but today the mosaic has been reinterpreted in a modern key with the use of other materials to the point of making it a great planning and design tool. From a practical point of view, a technique can be defined that involves the combination of many pieces of the same size, with a wide range of colors, shades and various and different materials according to the needs and the desired effect.
Mosaic: when ancient art meets the modernity of an elegant home with attention to the choice of materials
Ceramics is undoubtedly the most requested material, both for its practicality in terms of maintenance, therefore hygienic, and for its durability over time. Glass is another material used for mosaic coverings: used to give spaces brightness and without a doubt suitable for rather cramped environments, as well as being recyclable.
Another material that is very popular and also used for mosaics is resin, resistant to wear, cheap and easily adaptable to different contexts, as is stoneware. Stone, on the other hand, is the most expensive material capable of giving a touch of class and elegance to environments.
There are also other materials on the market that can be used to create mosaic coatings: marble, metals or other waste materials, all for a truly unique and original coating. A different material to achieve different effects. All for a more classic, raw and natural bathroom or for a young and fresh modern environment. For even greater customization, you can play with materials and colors to create truly unique effects such as greeks and designs or simple patches of color that create movement.
Mosaic tiles, usually square, exist in two variants: 1,0 x 1,0 and 2,5 x 2,5 cm. The thickness is approximately 10 mm although it can be between 4 and 10 / 11 mm. It is clear that the smaller the card, the more detailed the drawing will be. Then there are also unique pieces with different sizes and shapes, to be able to create high quality artistic drawings with the same pieces.
Putting in place
The laying of the mosaic is undoubtedly among the most difficult and useful professional experts in the field for best results. The tiles are placed on nets, whose dimensions can be adapted to the size of the tiles, after which the nets are applied to the wall (in this case it is essential that the concrete base on which the net will rest is compact). Once this phase has been completed, it is imperative to create a layer of about 13 mm of concrete to avoid cracking problems.
The next step involves applying the various plugs through special glues (even simple vinyl glue can be fine). Valid alternatives to classic glue are silicone adhesives, the mixture of two normal and water-soluble white glues or cement-based adhesives. When the tiles have been glued, leveling is finally carried out with a special tool equipped with a blade, the trowel, or alternatively, the flat boards with a central handle usually used for mortar are used.
Fast and cheap alternatives
If you do not want to give up a mosaic covering that embellishes and makes your bathroom unique, the market offers a valid alternative in this regard. On the market we can find sheets with mosaic tiles already applied, ideal for covering walls of considerable size. The advantage is certainly in the shutter speeds, which are really fast compared to traditional mosaic.
The colors, the size of the tiles and the nuances are not lacking even in the choice of mosaic sheets, it is certain that it is not possible with these to create customizable artistic designs and effects. A versatile material that lends itself to any type of coating, from bathroom tiles to kitchen tiles without forgetting the shower area, the mosaic wins the primacy among the most evocative and elegant coatings that make the rooms a true work of art .
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