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High Renovation Cycles

Regular renovation of tiled flooring From old comes new

  • Building Type: Commercial Construction
  • Pad: Coverings and Tiles
  • Brand: Codex
  • City: 79000
  • Country: International

Unattractive, old-fashioned tiles in show-areas of builders and merchants or in kitchen studios can take away any pleasure for customers looking around. It is expected that, in such lifestyle-oriented locations, the flooring is the number one eye-catcher. The company should recognise trends at an early stage and implement them in their own business – even if means that the ceramic tiling has to be replaced every couple of years with new patterns, contemporary colours and modern trends. But everyone who has installed new tiles, and had to take up the old ones, knows how much work, dirt and noise are associated with it.

In the case in question, the kitchen studio Gans & Gar in Freiburg installed a new ceramic flooring with the intention of, every two or three years, replacing this with new. It was also the premise that, for the installation, a method would be found whereby, at the next renovation, the ceramics could be quickly and easily removed and replaced with modern tiles. For such regular renovation of tiling, the Ulm manufacturer Codex offers the Keralift tile-change-system which was also used in this case.

Forming the substrate was an existing, old, floating cement screed. This was primed with Fliesengrund. Once this was dry, the fixative for the first sheet width was applied with a fine lambswool roller. After a few minutes, the pre-cut Keralift-Vlies sheet was laid out ensuring no folds and was rubbed down. Then the next sheet width was laid parallel with the first and with a four centimetre overlap.This sheet forms the surface onto which the proposed new tiles are installed or fixed.

Onto the bonded sheet the 30 x 30 black and white stoneware tiles were laid using the thin-bed method. For this, the hydraulic setting thin-bed mortar codex Power Flex was used. The stoneware tiles from Deutsche Steinzeug were laid with a light twisting movement into the fresh mortar ridges and were tapped down. After 24 hours, the ceramic tiles were grouted with codex Brillant Flex.

Tiles laid on codex Keralift are set solid and immovable just like conventionally laid flooring but removal is considerably easier, faster and cleaner. If, after a few years, the ceramic tiling is to be replaced with new, the old tiles are simply pulled up along with the completely rip-proof sheet underlay. The substrate remains largely undamaged and is ready for new coverings without the need for expensive preparation.