Today, the use of various floor coverings is being actively practiced during repairs, not only between different rooms, but also within a single room. This combination gives a number of advantages:
- allows you to use interesting design techniques and diversify the color range of the room;
- divides the room into several zones, depending on the destination;
- prolongs the service life of the floor covering and facilitates the cleaning of the work area;
- visually increases the area of the room;
- allows you to reduce the cost of coverage;
Most often, a combination of different types of coatings occurs in working areas where there is a high probability of contamination of certain areas: kitchen, hallway, corridor. Ceramic tiles are less prone to wear and more durable, but the price for it is much higher than for a soft laminate coating. With the help of a joint, it is possible to isolate only the most polluting parts and to arrange a harmonious transition to a residential area.
tiles The choice of the method of joining depends on the level of contact of the tile with the laminate.
The easiest way is to make the transition between coverages that are at different levels. For the joint of a layered covering, a threshold or thresholds are used.
It is necessary to pay attention to the height of the threshold. It should not be too high, so you do not have to stumble over it, and the elevation itself did not spoil the aesthetics of the room. Thresholds are available in various colors. You can choose a discreet color that will blend in with the colors of both coverings. The most common plastic thresholds.
Wooden are considered more elite, however they are suitable only for direct joints. In the event that the joint is not of a straight form, a profile of a different type is used: a curvilinear threshold having the property of bending. In the case when special podiums are used for the zoning of a room, the joint of the tile and laminate is naturally carried out.
Ways to join laminate with
tiles The docking of coatings at one level is much more difficult and requires a careful approach. There are several ways to organize the transition from ceramic tiles to laminated coatings:
- joining, by tight fitting materials;
- connection by means of flaps;
- joint with molding;
- connection without thresholds;
- joint on the plug compensator;
Joint, without the use of additional materials, requires an ideally accurate fit of materials along the length, width and height to each other. This is a very hard and painstaking work. Too tightly customized materials can not. Tile and laminate - different in their properties materials that have the ability to expand under different temperature conditions. Ultimately, such a dense fit will cause a swelling either at the seam or slightly below the junction. To avoid this, a small gap is left between the material, which is filled with a fugue, which when dried requires constant adjustment and putty. The edges of the seam are cleaned to the point where they cease to be felt tactile. This method, although cheap, but far from being the most effective and certainly not economical in terms of future costs and the prospects for the spread of mold in the joints of the seam.
Another way to dock flooring is to join them with a construction foam, sealant or silicone. Using these materials allows you to get a neat unnoticed seam.
You can choose a silicone that matches the color of the coatings. The main disadvantage of this method is that in case of need of repair, the joint will not be dismantled partially - it will be necessary to disassemble everything along the seam. In addition, work with foam and sealant requires some building skills and accuracy of use. It is necessary to accurately calculate the right amount of foam and try not to squeeze out excess. To advantages it is necessary to attribute high reliability of such method of joint and special aesthetics of joining laminate and ceramics.
Jointing with a cork compensator is a relatively new way of connecting. This material allows you to make a durable and reliable joint. It provides a dense filling of the gap between materials and excludes deformation, due to its ability to contract. Cork compensator is by far the best alternative to saddle stitches. They can fill the gap of any width. The necessary shade is achieved by the use of special toning, and this material does not require any special subsequent care. The only drawback of the cork joint is the need to accurately fit one floor covering to another in height and width, and therefore its use is impossible even with minor deviations in fit.
The optimal way to connect the
elements The most optimal way of joining flooring today is to use the paddles. Of the advantages of using this particular method, the following can be distinguished:
- a wide choice of the material of the flaps. On sale there are pegs made of aluminum, steel, wood, plastic and other materials.
- the presence of flexible paddles, which provide connection on wavy joints;
- camouflage properties. The pores will help to hide all the flaws in the work: irregularities, bulges, chipped.
- simplicity and speed of installation;
- wide choice of color solutions;
The seam in a straight line is easily connected by straight fasteners. In the case of a wavy joint, you will need a special type of door. As a rule, for these purposes, aluminum or plastic pads with a rubber base are best suited. Such paddles are easily bent and allow to close the joint of any complex shape. The slides are installed in the deformation hole between the tile and the laminate on the dowels or screws. It is necessary to take care in advance about the method of fixing the flaps. In some models, fixing holes are provided in advance. In others, there is a secret fastening in the form of a latch on the protruding head of the screw.
The laminate should be laid with a decking on the tile, so that the stock remains.
Next, the template is applied to the laminate over the tiles. The outline of the template is outlined.
Surplus laminate is cut along the contour and a pencil mark the line of cut on the tile.
The tile is cut on the contour with the help of a grinder with a diamond circle.
When laying a laminate, you can use silicone, which will ensure the tightness of the installation. Dosage should be carefully observed to prevent swelling. Next, the padding is done.
After laying, it is necessary to clean the seam joint. Occasional cavities should be filled with silicone, which will prevent dust from entering the seam.
Following these simple recommendations, you will be able to ensure the reliability and pleasant aesthetic appearance of your flooring.