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Repair is one of ways of self-realization of the person. Where still it is possible to realize ideally all dreams and aspirations especially as it is promoted by huge variety of finishing materials. Best of all new developments of construction companies as they introduce to our houses freshness of perception, originality and functionality are suitable for the embodiment of interior decisions. The leather tile – the innovative embodiment of traditional forms became one of such “finds”.
Leather tile: types and ranges of application
The term “tile” usually is understood as the ceramics everywhere used when finishing bathrooms, bathrooms and kitchen rooms. Now this definition became more capacious, in the construction market leather tiles have appeared. Practically at once they have occupied the “niche” in the ideas on finishing of interiors. The reason of fast popularity is in originality of material, its quite good characteristics and also in variety of forms and scopes of application.
The leather tile has usually complex layered structure which directly depends on assignment of product. Similar finishing is demanded at registration:
- Walls or partitions;
The floor leather tile has only two layers. Problem of the first to provide to material the necessary durability and hardness what porcelain tile or dense wood material perfectly copes with. For simplification of mounting works grooves for joining of elements among themselves are provided in the wooden basis. The second layer – functional and decorative. For it use genuine leather (veal) or artificial from 3 mm thick. For increase in strength characteristics the external layer is subjected to additional treatment special structures. As for form of leather tile, for floor usually use square or rectangular options.
The wall leather tile usually looks volume. Such effect is reached, thanks to its three-layer structure. The first layer, as well as in floor option, is responsible for durability therefore for it use cardboard or cellulose. The second layer – porolonovy filling which just also gives to tiles dimensions. The third layer – decorative surface. Here designers of construction companies dare to experiment. Of course, when the natural option is used, innovative approach is excess, but here with artificial material is where to clear up imaginations. The surface of wall tile from imitation leather imitates stopper, metal, tree, fabric. Naturally, it was not also without imitation skin of exotic animals – crocodiles, snakes, iguanas. Besides, there is possibility of the order of the individual drawing or stamping.
Forms of leather tiles for walls are various, as well as material which they imitate. Here it is possible to meet: octahedrons, hexagons, waves, rectangles and squares. But if you dream of other option, for example of tile of triangular shape, then to issue the order for individual production usually not problem.
Ceiling tile – meanwhile the most rare of all used options. For registration of ceiling it is necessary to choose the most expensive and thin tile. It is desirable that it was without basis, that is had own high rates on durability and flexibility. Normally it is tile from skin of vegetable way of tanning when all natural characteristics of material, the natural invoice and the drawing are kept.
Advantages of leather tile
Before skin has begun to be used in construction jobs, it has already found application in production of clothes, footwear, haberdashery, furniture. Such diverse use demonstrates uncommon qualities of material. Among all parameters It should be noted the indicators really important for finishing:
- Simple mounting which technology easily accustoms even beginners;
- Excellent noise-insulating and heat-insulating properties that allows not to be engaged in additional works at repair;
- Life cycle up to 20 years, at the same time in use the tile experiences natural aging that only favourably emphasizes naturalness of leather material;
- Esthetics and refinement;
- Good maintainability when at damage there is possibility of dismantling of one tile with fast recovery of finishing;
- Rich variety in coloring, forms and invoices;
- Practicality as care of skin does not demand application of special efforts.
But, despite excellent quality indicators, the leather tile is used at registration of interior very little. Reasons two: ignorance about existence of finishing of this type and the high cost of leather plates. To lower expenses at repair, but to create exclusive design in rooms, it is possible to use combination of materials. It means, to make out more significant zones by means of skin, and in other places to use traditional approach to finishing.
Mounting of leather tile
It was already mentioned that mounting of leather plates and panels differs in simplicity and is available practically to any master. To lay leather tile the hands, it will be required the following tools and ancillary materials:
- sharp knife;
- glue or “liquid nails”;
If to consider mounting of wall leather tile, then the sequence of works is meant such:
- Preparation of walls.
- Selection of tiles.
- Cutting of tile.
Preparation of walls does not differ here in complexity therefore at this stage of works it is not necessary to spend many forces. Requirements to surface standard: without strong differences on height, purity, dryness. If there is opportunity, then it is better to ground walls, especially if before in registration it was used chipboard or plywood.
For the prepared site from the chosen tiles the pattern gives all the best. It is especially important if creation of any drawing or ornament is provided in the project and also if the used tile is executed in non-standard form.
Laying of tile is conducted on glue which is applied with normal brush. At adjustment of finishing components it will be required to cut them. Here it is necessary to be accustomed. By means of ruler and pencil the marking to which about 1.5 cm from each party are added becomes. The tile is knifed sharp taking into account the made increase, and then all layers except upper are cut off to necessary parameters. There are excesses of skin which turn in under the basis and also process glue. Then the tile is stacked on the place.
The floor tile keeps within easier taking into account standards of mounting of porcelain tile. If the basis – the tree, then works are conducted by the principles of laying of laminate or parquet board.
The single-layer tile is just cut out and pasted. Material of this type has no specifics.
Care of leather tile
Life cycle of leather tile very big, but here safety of exterior of material throughout all operational period depends on number of the moments:
- Location of tile;
- Quality of care after its surface.
The floor tile wears out quicker as loads of its surface very essential. For this reason its leaving should pay bigger attention. Rules which are recommended for observance at care of skin:
- Wet cleaning by means of the washing vacuum cleaner or traditional methods is allowed;
- Each six months surface need to be covered with special oil or wax;
- Imitation leather perfectly looks after cleaning of surface aqueous-alcoholic solution or means with ammonia content;
- For skin of any type processings by bleaches or use of the steam cleaner are pernicious.
Of course, it is possible not to carry out the above-stated councils if they seem very difficult. Then skin will be exposed to the natural wear and aging, that is the drawing and color will become heterogeneous and more impressive. However genuine leather is that material which similar changes are only painted, give still big refinement and exoticism.
In principle, use of leather tile when finishing rooms is step to forming of own style in interior. Only the creative person with good imagination and great taste is able to afford uncommon decisions.