Landscape design includes not only well-kept flower beds and planted trees and bushes, but neatly laid garden paths. Moreover, the lighting of your site, the plafonds hidden in the petunias, the lanterns above the benches are all elements of the territory's improvement.
In the garden you sometimes have to move around in complete darkness, if necessary, or if the light suddenly turns off during a walk. When you can not even see your hand brought to your eyes, it's worthless to get off the track and trample down your favorite flower bed, but the timely laid luminous sidewalk tile protects you from wandering "blindly."
In the light of day it is quite ordinary tile, well, maybe a little more brilliant than it should have with its roughness. But it is this shine that is the sign of the glow, almost invisible in the sun's rays. But after sunset the radiance of the tracks becomes more intense, and in the dark each element of the paving generously divides the accumulated sunlig
Of course, the brightest glow observed in the first hour of after dark. In general, the effectiveness of the luminous composition, on the basis of which the luminescent tile is made, is so great that a short glow will be observed even after a five-second turn of the flashlight.
The process of manufacturing a luminescent tile is quite simple: it consists of two layers produced by the method of semi-dry vibrocompression, while the lower one is just cement-sand concrete, and the composition of the upper layer has a luminous component. The luminescent substance impregnates the upper, decorative layer completely, to a sufficiently large depth, so you can not be afraid that after two or three rains the tile will cease to glow, as is the case with spraying paint with a similar effect.
The service life of the luminous component, the phosphor, is estimated in two hundred years, that is, the tile in which it is included can fail much earlier, which, however, depends on the load on it.
Autumn, as expected, will be replaced in the winter, then there will be a thaw, and then spring thunderstorms with showers will begin. But your tile will not cause damage either frost, a meter layer of snow with its subsequent melting, or rain. Yes, there, if you really can walk on these tiles as much as you want, without fear of abrasion of the glowing layer, what can water do except wash the paths and thereby ensure even better their radiance in the dark. By the way, about thunderstorms, static electricity accumulated in the air can prolong the period during which the luminous tile will please you with its soft radiance, up to 10 hours.
To lay a self-luminous tile, there is no need to learn any special technology or to hunt for the secrets of masters. Sand cushion and rubber hammer, that's all you need for a dense paving path. Do not be afraid to knock on the luminous surface, the luminescent layer does not break even with metal heels on female heels, a rubber mallet does not hurt it even more.
There is one rule: if the sidewalk tile, glowing in the dark, should be laid out with some kind of pattern - you must first just fold the "mosaic" and highlight it in the dark with a flashlight. Only then, after making sure that the paving is laid as it should, you can start ramming. The dimensions of the tiles can be different, but the thickness is rarely less than 4 and does not exceed 8 centimeters .
Patterns can be laid out not only by alternating ordinary and fluorescent tiles, it is possible to purchase a multi-colored paving. Intense radiance of pink, base green, blue, orange, yellow and red( the latter dies out faster than other colors) - all this splendor can turn into a path of ineffable beauty.
Imagine what a surprise it will be for the guests, whom you deliberately detain before the dark by fascinating conversations. The door opens, and under their feet lies a real starry radiance, leading through the garden to a distant gate. And if you add a tile with interspersed self-luminous stones and marble fragments( such variants are also found), in the dark your garden will become the most romantic place in the universe.