GUIDE FOR THE INSTALLATION OF KOTEC BRICK TILES
No doubt, KOTEC BRICK TILES have been perfectly finished for use in homes; both exterior and interior finishing having gone through temperatures of over 1200 OC. This guarantees the strength/hardness for that long lasting beauty, and its ability to withstand the harsh weather conditions of our tropical and indeed African continent.
In order to perfect the effects of these KOTEC BRICK TILES in your homes, installation becomes a very serious issue. If BRICK TILES are wrongly installed, or well installed but installed with the wrong materials, then the customers stand the risk of not getting the best they’ve bargained for and also value for their money.
It is important to note that installing KOTEC BRICK TILES in your house is like when you want to paint your house. When you want to paint your house, you would have done all the finishing before painting, so that no stain comes on the paint. This exactly applies to KOTEC BRICK TILES installation. YOU MUST BE PATIENT to wait until you must have done all you need to do in order to avoid stains on the bricks, especially cement/mortar stains. The floor of your compound must be completed, demarcations for where bricks will stay would have been done, all electrical and plumbing piping must have been completed, etc.
Therefore, for best output on installation, the following guide lines must be strictly adhered to:
• The KOTEC BRICK TILER: In installing KOTEC BRICK TILES in your buildings, you must note that NOT EVERY TILER IS A BRICK TILER, therefore, the person that will install your KOTEC BRICK TILES for you must be accredited KOTEC BRICK TILER, or any other professional brick tiler or brick installer. Don’t just pick up any good tiler you know to install KOTEC BRICK TILES for you. No doubt, the regular tiler who installs ceramic tiles may be a world class tiler, but a novice in installing KOTEC BRICK TILES. Hence, look for professionally trained brick tillers/installers or KOTEC BRICK TILES ACCREDITED TILERS.
• The Wall: The wall must be straight, plastered but do not shine, it has to be relatively rough but plastered.
• The Bonding Materials: Cement and adhesive (Gum), these are used to bond the bricks to the wall. (1 bag of 50kg of cement + 1 bag 20kg of adhesive + water). Water is used to make them to paste form.
• Grouting (Filling the space between bricks): The grouting space is 12mm or 0.5 inches. The materials for grouting must be non-expansible clay (that is, plastering sand) mixed with cement and adhesive (gum) with water applied at moisture level such that the mixture will not be watery but just moistened. (Half bag of cement + 4 head pans of plastering sand + very small quantity of water just enough to make the mixture wet, such that even when you press the mixture together between your thump and finger, water will not come out. DO NOT USE SHARPSAND FOR GROUTING.
• Grouting Line Alignment: The vertical and horizontal lines must be straight, and grouting space must be uniform all through.
• Cutting of the bricks: The bricks must be cut with electric cutting machine; this is to help make cut bricks straight and without rough edges.
• In case you have installed the bricks before painting and flowering of the floor of your compound or any other thing capable of staining the bricks especially with paint or mortar, then look for waterproof to cover the bricks to avoid stains on them.