Fact Sheets

The association will be publishing articles and professional research material of different character. The articles mainly evolve around the most common problem areas of the industry, and is focusing on relaying knowledge and experiences.

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We wish to share knowledge to the best of our abilities, divided into different subjects and themes.

All of our material has been thoroughly reviewed, and any revisions have been made in autumn 2016.

However, we cannot guarantee that there is no material that is not updated according to new research, or that there might be scientific disagreements upon.

Large-format tiles for floor constructions

The production process for burning ceramic tiles has developed significantly over the last ten years. Less than ten years ago dimensions larger than 400 x 400 mm were considered large-format tiles. Today, formats with a width of more than 1,5 meters are produced in various thickness and lengths over 3 m. Norwegian craftsmen, architect and contractor want more information and need experience how to plan and fix such tiles. This article describe and show examples from flooring executed by Mega Tile Solution (MTS) in Germany. MTS is one of the most experienced contractors dealing with big tiles in Germany.

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Large-format tiles - handling on the construction site

The production technique for ceramic tiles has developed significantly over the last ten years. Less than ten years ago dimensions larger than 400 x 400 mm were considered large-format tiles. Today, formats with a width of more than 1.5 metres are produced in various lengths and thicknesses. In three articles we will illustrate the use of these tiles, both considering materials and tiling technique. This fact sheet presents equipment for transportation, handling, and cutting

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Large-format tiles – what will the upper limit be?

The production technique for ceramic tiles has developed significantly over the last ten years. Less than ten years ago dimensions larger than 400 x 400 mm were considered large-format tiles. Today, formats with a width of more than 1.5 metres are produced in various lengths and thicknesses. They are also called slabs ore panels. In three articles we will illustrate the use of these tiles, both considering materials and tiling technique. This first fact sheet will present production, properties, and areas of usage. The next fact sheet will present equipment for handling, cutting and mounting. The last article will present examples of completed projects.

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Discolouration of tiles in the shower zone

The ceramic tile is a material that is highly colour stable, it is not affected by sunlight, and it does not change colour with age. However, from time to time tiles acquire a different colour than originally, especially white tiles in the lower part of the shower zone in the bathroom. This article describes why this occurs.

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Discoloration of silicone joints

From time to time discoloration (yellowing) of elastic silicone joints may occur. Users naturally ask what the cause of this is and what can be done about it. This fact sheet details which conditions may cause yellowing as well as possible measures to take in order to reduce the risk.

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Ceramic tiles and the environment - part 2

The demand for environmental awareness when selecting tiles, as well as the demand for environmental documentation are increasing. A tiled surface consists of several components that each impact the environment in different ways. In a series of fact sheets we will discuss how tiled surfaces appear in an environmental perspective. This fact sheet describes a completed life-cycle assessment for a tiled wet room.

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Ceramic tiles and the environment

There is an increasing demand for environmental awareness when selecting materials, as well as a requirement for environmental assessment and documentation. A tile construction consists of several components that each affect the environment in different ways. This is the first for more fact sheets, where we will discuss how tiled surfaces appear in an environmental perspective.

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How to construct problem-free swimming pools

Today, most swimming pools are tiled. If they are constructed correctly, these swimming pools will last for many years if periodic maintenance is completed. Thorough planning and precise construction is required. Choice of material is also important. Some pool owners have experienced that tiles tend to detach, especially at the bottom of the pool, and they wonder why this happens. This article sums up the causes and measures for problem- free solutions.

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Adhesive coverage under the tiles

What is sufficient adhesive contact under tiles?
Written by Senior Researcher Arne Nesje, SINTEF Byggforsk, commissioned by the Building Ceramics Association
Can a hollow sound under the tiles be considered as complaint because insufficient adhesive contact might reduce the quality ? We have experienced that especially under larger tiles there might be sections where a hollow sound might be heard when knocking on the tiles. This article discusses what is considered «sufficient» adhesive contact.

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Reparation of fluid membranes on tiled wet room floors - Part 2 of 2

Membranes on wet room floors can be jointed if suitable materials are used, and the work is conducted by experienced professionals. In a series of articles, we will describe some methods we have tested for jointing fluid membranes which must be proofed. The first article (BKF info #4/2016) describes the conditions that must be met in order to joint fluid membranes in wet room floors. This article describes the process and the products.

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