For all who appreciate the aesthetic quality of bricks, interesting material not only for facades, but also for interior decorations can be the so-called flexible brick. This modern material is convenient in operation and opens up great opportunities for decorating various surfaces.
What it is?
In essence, flexible brick is a kind of facing tile, which from the side surprisingly resembles brick. The technology of manufacturing such a product involves the use of fine quartz sand and special resins with the inclusion of various pigments that give the product to a particular shade. Each tile has a lacquered protective layer that does not allow to spoil its appearance under the influence of ultraviolet and mechanical impact.
Such a finishing material is well bend, which makes it possible to use it on curved surfaces. Thanks to this, it is possible to beautifully separate various niches and protrusions, columns and other elements of the building. There are several standards of tiles that differ in size. It is 240 × 71, 240 × 65, 210 × 50 millimeters. Product thickness – 4 millimeters.
You can choose the “brick” twelve colors. It’s white, yellow, brick, brown, orange, pink and so on. Also manufacturers offer the possibility of making material in color, which is necessary to customer. For decoration, you can purchase not only individual tiles, but also material on the grid. Flexible brick is gathering in advance in entire sections, which in the installation process can be quickly glued to the wall, which significantly speeds up the work process.
Advantages and disadvantages
Outdoor flexible bricks have many advantages.
- He is well resisting the exposure to sunlight. Thanks to the pigments used when staining, it does not fade.
- Withstand mechanical loads. Cracks and chips are not formed on it.
- Through the flexible brick does not pass moisture.
- Environmentally safe.
- Quietly withstands huge temperature differences from a plus eighty-five degrees to minus thirty-five.
- It has low thermal conductivity.
- The service life of such a finish is a quarter of a century.
In addition to advantages, this material has its drawbacks. Consumer feedback suggests that such a finish on the facade is difficult to clean from dirt, which inevitably appears as a result of precipitation, dust sedimentation and so on.
This tile is laundered with difficulty, while detergents on an alkaline-based base can spoil the protective layer of flexible brick. This material for interior decoration is similar to facade.
- This flexible brick is resistant to friction, impact and other mechanical effects.
- Safe for human health.
- It has an interesting appearance that allows to fully implement the interior designer its creative ideas.
- Does not burn out.
- Serves for many years.
- Withstands high temperature.
- Easy to install, because it just cuts. For finishing, special elements are not required to arrange the surfaces in the corners.
- “Lay” such a brick can be quickly and without problems.
- The price of flexible brick “does not bite”.
Among the disadvantages, as well as with facade flexible bricks, a number of problems can be distinguished.
- This is a difficulty in caring, associated with alkaline tools for washing.
- Brick finish can not be used when decorated in many modern styles.
- There is a flexible brick on an unreasonably high price. At the same time, for a small fee you can completely run into a cheap material that will quickly disappoint.
- “Bricks” of one coloring from different parties sometimes differ outwardly, which violates the quality of the finish.
If we talk about flexible brick for the facade, this material has its advantages over a time-tested ceramic tiles, since the weight of the material is much lower. It’s not scary to separate this “brick” even visiting the old facade. The material is well bonded with a stone, plaster, concrete or wooden base, removing cracked and irregularity from the eye.
Inside buildings, flexible brick most often used for cladding corridors, hallways, balconies and kitchens. It is also a wonderful material for finishing fireplaces and unusual curvilinear architectural elements. It can be covered with such a material with a whole wall, and you can decorate, for example, only angles. For finishes, often choose tiles having different shades. This allows you to create an unusual design in the rooms.
How to choose?
When choosing a flexible brick to decorate the room, you must adhere to several rules. Finishing material should fit well into the overall style of the room. When choosing a colors, you need to consider the total color gamut selected to create space image.
Choosing a flexible brick, you need to accurately appreciate its quality. It is necessary to carefully examine the accompanying documentation on the material, where all the characteristics of flexible brick are indicated. Should not be bought at low price. You should also make sure that the finishing material does not contain harmful substances, which is extremely important when it comes to design inside the building.
How to separate the room?
Laying flexible brick does not apply to the category of complex procedures. With work on decoration such material can also cope with a person without special construction education or many years of experience in this area. Expensive special tool here also do not need. A special adhesive for flexible bricks will be required. It can be a powder that needs to be divorced in a certain amount of water or a mixture ready for work.
Starting a business, you first need to prepare the surface on which a flexible brick will fall. To do this, it will have to align and clean from dust. An ordinary solution is used for alignment, designed for such purposes. Then the wall is ground using antiseptic. Finishing with flexible bricks is performed at a temperature not lower than five degrees of heat. If the room is too cold, the finishing material will not be able to stick to the surface.
On the wall apply markup, covered with an adhesive solution with a thickness of about two millimeters. To do this, use a spatula with a tooth, allowing to distribute glue with a smooth layer. Then the tile is placed in rows. The first can be started with the whole, in the second row – first glue half. To cut the whole flexible brick enough to use well-sharpened scissors. Thanks to this method of forming a “drawing” you can simulate brickwork.
It is important to observe accuracy in work so that the gaps between the tiles are the same. If the seams are uneven, the whole form will be spoiled. On the turns tile bends, which allows it to make it beautifully. If it is difficult to work with each individual element or there is no time, you can resort to the use of flexible brick on the grid. This will greatly simplify the case, and the result may be more worthy. To give a beautiful appearance seams, do not need rubbing. The glue in them is equalized using a thin wet tassel, which is deleted too much.
How to care?
The convenience of flexible brick is that it is easy to replace. Wash such a coating can be a conventional wet rag or sponot, but without fanaticism. Strong push is able to deform the elements of “masonry”. In order not to make efforts, wet processing should be carried out systematically. Then a large amount of dust can be copied on the surface, which it will be difficult to rub. Thanks to simple procedures, such a coating will be able to serve for a long time and please.
In the next video you will find a master class on styling flexible bricks.