Laying mosaic tiles: 5 mistakes to avoid

The reason for the growing popularity of mosaics is its attractiveness and aesthetic and decorative qualities. Mosaic installation is not difficult. However, there are 5 errors that masters often encounter when laying it.

Glass mosaic, ceramic mosaic …

Mosaic fits into any interior and design style. The mosaic can be made of various materials: glass, ceramics, or natural stone. Individual and sometimes inadequate tile sizes create patterns and ornaments placed on a grid, foil, or special paper, which greatly facilitates their installation.

Mosaic on the grid is designed for both dry and wet rooms. In turn, the mosaic on foil or paper, pasted on top, can be used in wet rooms, in swimming pools, and even on the street.

What to choose a mosaic on a grid or a mosaic on a foil?
Ceramic mosaic is available in three versions: with tiles on foil, special paper, or mesh. The first two options are intended for use mainly in places that are subject to constant contact with water, such as swimming pools and outside the house. Mosaic on a grid is a more versatile solution. It is used in dry or wet places, such as the kitchen and bathroom.

Rules for laying mosaics in the bathroom, pool on the walls

Check the quality of the mosaic tiles

Before gluing together a ceramic mosaic created on a grid, we must first check whether all its elements are arranged symmetrically and whether they have the same shade.

Take care of the correct color of the seams

The color of the seams has a very big influence on the final appearance of the mosaic wall or floor. When making a decision about choosing a particular color (and there are many of them), you need to consider factors such as care for them (washing and cleaning), as a result of which the seams may lose color. After a while, they can destroy the aesthetic appearance of the mosaic.

The solution for grouting joints is applied after surface preparation, and then drying the adhesive solution and laying the mosaic on the glue. The grout solution should be applied to the mosaic surface using a rubber grout spatula, pressing so that it precisely fills the cross-section of the joint. After lightly binding the solution, remove the excess from the mosaic with a wet sponge diagonally around the mesh of seams, taking care not to wash the solution off the seams.

Properly prepare the substrate

The substrate on which the ceramic mosaic is laid must be prepared accordingly, that is, it must be pre-aligned. If you do not do this, the end result will not be satisfactory.

Selection of adhesive solution by type of mosaic

Rules for laying mosaics in the bathroom

The key issue that guarantees the correct placement of the mosaic is a smooth, smooth substrate and the choice of adhesive solution. The glue must have the correct consistency. Following the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding the proportions of water and powder, it is worth remembering that you need to add dry powder to water, and not Vice versa.

Selection of adhesive solution by type of mosaic

Mosaic laying technology and nuances of work

The key issue that guarantees the correct placement of the mosaic is a smooth, smooth substrate and the choice of adhesive solution. The glue must have the correct consistency. Following the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding the proportions of water and powder, it is worth remembering that you need to add dry powder to water, and not Vice versa.

For laying transparent glass mosaics, a white or silver-gray adhesive solution with increased elasticity and adhesion is recommended. A great relief is the use of a product that allows you to simultaneously glue and fill with cement mortar – this is cement, highly elastic glue, thin-film solutions, enriched with plastic. These solutions have been specially developed for laying ceramic or stone mosaics.

The installation of a mosaic step by step

Laying mosaics with your own hands

The mosaic is laid with a thin layer of glue, which must be applied with a spatula with small teeth (their maximum thickness should not exceed 5 mm). Too thick a layer of adhesive solution can lead to the destruction of mosaic tiles and protrusion of the solution from the gaps. The mosaic applied to the glue is pressed with a rubber spatula so that all the elements fit exactly to the glue. Then remove excess glue from the seams.

When laying a mosaic, pay attention to the uniform arrangement of the subsequent sheets, checking their position with the level. When combining two mosaic tiles, you can use spacers to maintain an even distance between the cubes.

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