Finishing materials for walls and floors are varied. For all its merits, traditional ceramic tiles still look formulaic and predictable. But materials made from old bricks are a completely different matter. This material is much more attractive and romantic.
Features of the
Old bricks produce very durable and attractive tiles.
In addition, such materials have a number of other advantages:
- they are easy to install, saving the effort and time of the master;
- do not take up extra space in the room;
- reduce wall loads;
- are environmentally friendly, therefore they do not pose any health hazard.
Reproduction of old masonry is provided by a special texture, which was worked on by the weather elements and time itself.
In the manufacture of such tiles, raw materials are taken when dismantling buildings built 100 (or more) ago. Such a solution ensures optimal preservation of bricks and reduces costs (payment for the services of intermediaries). The tiles are created by experienced restorers who know how to create a unique decorative surface.
Such a finishing material is better than solid bricks, because:
- suitable for cladding any surfaces without strengthening the load;
- allows you to spend less money on transportation;
- requires less time than a full-fledged masonry.
The thickness of the tiles is 15-35 mm… As a rule, they have the original stamp on them.
What are they?
There are several varieties of antique brick tiles that are suitable for loft, provence or vintage style. In addition, such products are manufactured for both facade and interior work.
Also, tiles made from old bricks can vary in their shades. The most common products are red, red and brown.
Old brick is a very expensive and high quality material. Before buying, you need to carefully check the documents from the supplier so as not to purchase substandard material.
How is it produced?
There are several mandatory steps in making such a spectacular tile:
- the brick is washed with special mixtures served under strong pressure;
- raw materials are disinfected;
- the tile is treated with hydrophobic impregnation;
- lime is "fixed" so that it does not crumble.
Antique bricks converted into tiles can be decorated with acrylics. But even without additional decoration, the extraordinary texture, color and relief are very attractive.
How to make decorative brick tiles with your own hands, see the next video.
Where can you use it?
Such tiles can be used in residential buildings and apartments, in shops and offices, in workshops and other premises.
Decorative finishes create a very good look when used in decoration:
- floor and fireplace;
- chimney and other elements.
Accurate reproduction of the surroundings in old buildings is a characteristic feature of high-quality materials.
How to lay the tiles?
If contacting professionals seems too expensive, you can lay out such a tile with your own hands. To work you will need:
- acrylic-based structural primer;
- tile adhesive;
- trowels of bright colors or cement.
The choice of a specific manufacturer of such materials should be made as carefully as possible.It is necessary to take into account the practical characteristics, and also rely on the feedback of those who have already used one or another option.
Aged brick tiles are laid only after applying a special primer to the leveled surface… Then the coatings are greased with glue and the gaps between them are filled with a special mixture.
For interior work, slabs made from the bonded parts of bricks are suitable for framing key interior elements.
You can surround paintings or shelves lined with photographs, cups and certificates of honor. Antique tiles around hunting trophies will also look good. The gradient of red and red tones forms the most unusual decorative solutions.
In a loft-style setting, it is recommended to use tiles cut along the butt or spoon side of the brick. Such a coating allows you to create the effect of a wall corresponding to the century before last. The simplest interior solutions, which can be created without old motives, require only a rich texture. A suitable material is the inside of an old brick.
To make finishing easier, and as a result, an elegant interior is formed, it is recommended to select products by brand, size and color individually.
The most expensive options (with a plant mark) are made of bricks laid in the 17th century. Later, they began to use the designations corresponding to the first letter in the surname of the owner of the enterprise. When there were a lot of brick factories, everyone began to apply a stamp with a full name.
The state industry put the sign of the two-headed eagle. During the reign of various emperors, it was surrounded by outlines of various shapes, which allows connoisseurs to accurately date the material.
Tiles made from real material last longer and look much more aesthetically pleasing (compared to imitation of antique brick). The durability and resistance of these materials to external influences are confirmed by the very fact of long-term operation.
Antique brick tiles can be used in interiors of various styles, the choice of which is determined by the characteristics of the room.
So, for the direction of the loft, attics or upper floors, where there are very few partitions, are more suitable. Large windows, an abundance of metal and reinforced concrete correspond to the canons of this style, which implies an emphasized rudeness and severity. Brick tiles should have similar motives.
The surface of old bricks will look harmonious in a vintage style full of artificially aged and antique items.
For the Provence style, it is recommended to choose a tile made of antique brick, which has a lighter shade. It can be a beige, white or dull red finish.