Choosing the right tiling products for your braai area

natural stone braaiAre you building a braai area or upgrading your patio and need to establish which products or tiles you’ll require for tiling your braai area?

Knowing the right questions to ask, and the answers to those questions will help you design and build the right outdoor area for you and your family.

For outdoor areas, natural stone tiles remain popular. They can withstand harsh weather conditions and do not fade if exposed to the sun. Natural stone tiles are also ideal for a braai area and will be able to combat food, oil and beverage spills but they do need to be treated. “It is essential to seal natural stone tiles after installation, as they are prone to staining,” says Sharon Margon, technical adviser at TAL. “Without the sealant, these tiles remain absorbent and can easily mark and stain,” she says.

Other advantages of natural stone tiles include:

  •     Natural stone products create timeless luxurious leisure spaces.
  •     Natural stone tiles are a lifetime purchase and will last for many years, if sealed properly.
  •     As with nature, natural stone tiles are all unique in appearance and will provide you with a one-of-a-kind floor and wall area thanks to the distinctive colours, patterns and character of the tiles.

Tips and products to use when building a braai area:

  •    TAL Stonefix natural stone tiles pic3 The background surface must be firm, clean, dry, and free from dust and contaminants.
  •     It is important to prime your surface to create better adhesion onto the substrate before tiling. If the surface is wood floated, (i.e. a rough finish) priming is not necessary.  If surface is steel floated (i.e. a smooth, dense finish) prime with a slurry consisting of 1 part Keycoat mixed with 2 parts tile adhesive powder (by volume), and then apply the slurry solution with a block brush.
  •     Allow the slurry coat to dry, after which the tiles can be installed using  Gold Star 6 mixed with  Bond, instead of water for enhanced flexibility and heat resistance.
  •     The grout between the joints should be mixed with the Bond, instead of water ; this improves the water resistance flexibility as well as bond strength of the adhesive.  The Bond is a great product for braai areas where temperature changes are expected.
  •     Depending on the size of area being tiled, tile panel movement joints must be incorporated at maximum 2 metre breaks in both directions, as well as in all internal corners and interfaces.
  •     The installation should be allowed to dry for a minimum of 7 days before being subjected to use.

The above adhesive system will withstand temperatures up to 65 – 70° C for prolonged periods.

TAL is the professional choice in tiling and building solutions and offers expertise as well as technical and on-site support. Contact the TAL Technical Advisory Service on 0860 000 (TAL) 825 for on-the-job support, visit www.tal.co.za for more information or visit the TAL Talk blog http://blog.taltalk.co.za where you’ll find handy tiling and maintenance tips.

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