A new solution for tiles on Butynol
Councils and building authorities in Auckland and elsewhere in New Zealand no longer allow tiles to be glued to Butynol or other similar waterproof membranes. This directly affects decks and balconies, particularly when there is a room underneath. Councils require that any cladding over Butynol be easily removed to enable inspection of the membrane to ensure its continued integrity. Until recently, the only acceptable solution to this problem was to use plastic ‘‘ deck jacks’’. These are adjustable supports that hold thick tiles or pavers in the form of a floating floor. Unfortunately, standard porcelain floor tiles are simply not strong enough to be supported by their corners on deck jacks. The disadvantages of deck jack systems include their expense (a typical deck will use dozens of jacks and the special tiles are costly too), they are complicated to set up and adjust (even using the ‘ self-levelling’ jacks), they can use only a very limited range of suitable tiles, they are heavy, and because the minimum jack height (not including the tile on the top of it) is around 60mm, they require the deck to be specifically engineered to cope with their use. Our supplier, Refin Ceramiche of Italy has recently developed a system called ‘Set& Step’ that was initially designed to provide a tile alternative to exterior paving - but which also solves the problem of tiles over Butynol. Set & Step is a globally patented Refin system that uses specially designed plastic frames to support standard porcelain exterior tiles. The plastic frames simply clip together and can be easily removed if necessary. The porcelain tiles used in Set & Step must be made for the system (they have a bevelled edge to acommodate the frame) but more than a dozen of Refin’s 450x450 exterior-rated tiles are made to use the system so there’s considerable choice. Because of Designa Tile’s close relationship with Refin, we will be one of the very few companies in New Zealand with access to Set & Step. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Michelle at Designa Tiles, Queenstown. Phone 03 4424 999 or 0800 TOP TILES.
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