Mosaic a type of covering widespread and used mainly in the bath and kitchen. Its ancient origins date back to the seventh century, but today the mosaic has been reinterpreted in a modern key with the use of other materials so as to make it a great design and design tool. From a practical point of view it is possible to define a technique that involves combining 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 careful 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 very much in vogue and used also for mosaics is the resin, resistant to wear, economic and easily adaptable to different contexts, as well as stoneware. Stone, on the other hand, is the most expensive material capable of giving a touch of class and elegance to the rooms.
There are also other materials on the market that can be used to create mosaic coverings: marble, metals or other waste materials, all for a truly unique and original coating. A different material to get different effects. All for a more classic, rough 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 Greek 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 optimal results. The tesserae are laid on nets, with dimensions that 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 base on which the net, in concrete, will be compact). Once this phase is completed, it is mandatory to create a layer of approximately 13 mm of concrete this to avoid cracking problems.
The next step is to apply the various dowels through special glues (even simple vinyl glue can be fine). Valid alternatives to classic glue are silicone adhesives, the mixture of two normal white glues and soluble in water or even cement-based adhesives. When the tesserae have been glued, they are finally leveled with a special tool equipped with a blade, the trowel, or alternatively the flat tablets with a central handle, usually used for mortar, are used.
Fast and cheap alternatives
If you don't want to give up a mosaic covering that enhances 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, really fast compared to the 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 drawings and artistic effects. A versatile material that lends itself to any type of coating, from the bathroom tiles to the kitchen without forgetting the shower area, the mosaic wins the record among the most evocative and elegant coverings that make the rooms a true work of art .
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