Precautions for laying Florentine terracotta tiles
Once it has been ascertained that the substrate and screed are suitable for laying, it is time tocheck the quality of the tiles to be laid.
Always remember that the tiles must be checked before laying, so when you arrive at the building site - and before you start laying - you will have to open several boxes and check that the product is the one you chose when you purchased it.
The fact that cotto is made solely of clay means that it is a "natural" product with normal variations in tone and colour. Assess this too before buying it and before laying it: do not expect a homogeneous and uniform product like glazed stoneware. The non-homogeneity of the product is the reason why it should be laid by taking cotto tiles from different boxes (and from different pallets) and then mixing the products together.
Especially with the more "rustic" products, such as handmade cotto or the cotto artisans of the Il Palagio collections, it is normal to notice a certain unevenness in the tiles. For this reason, cotto must be laid with a joint of at least 3 millimetres. If the tile is more irregular, a spacer of 5 millimetres or more must be used.
If you have chosen a terracotta floor to be laid outdoors, you must first ensure that there is a slope capable of properly disposing of rain and avoiding stagnation or puddles. You will also need to take into account expansion and contraction due to temperature changes and therefore provide expansion joints. The terracotta tile must be laid on a screed that is suitably protected with a liquid membrane applied with a spatula.
Estimates for Florentine terracotta tiles?
If you are planning to purchase terracotta tiles for your home, you can write to [email protected], our colleague who handles on-line sales of flooring. We will be happy to give you all the information, suggestions and even a price for your new floor.