Material Specifications

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Recommendations for Placing Movement Joints

It should be noted that the lack of movement joints in a tile panel is a major cause of tile failure. They should be specified at the design stage to avoid placing them in heavy traffic areas and spoiling the visual effect of the tiles

Movement joints should be located in both directions at a maximum of 5 metre centres for interior surface bed applications and 3 metre centres for exterior or suspended / pre-stressed applications

Movement joints should also be made within 1 metre of all horizontal and vertical corners. Against obstructions fixed to the structural background and over all discontinuities in building materials, e.g. at interfaces of concrete and brickwork

Movement joints should also be located around the perimeter of all floors and around any fixtures protruding through the tiled surface such as columns or stairs

Install MOVEMENT JOINTS and PERIMETER JOINTS according to the installation instructions

MOVEMENT JOINTS AND PERIMETER JOINTS are available in Aluminium, Stainless Steel and Brass

MOVEMENT JOINTS AND PERIMETER JOINTS are available in a range of colours

For the key requirements common to all tiling situations, please refer to the SABS 0107-1996, Code of Practice for the Design and Installation of Ceramic Tiling

Profile Selection

It is essential that the correct depth of profile is selected. The profile height must not be greater than the anticipated height of the tile and adhesive bed. If the depth of the profile is not correct, this can result in wear on the trim or damage to the adjacent tile.

Installation Steps

Measure the length required

Secure and clamp the trim in order to protect the trim while cutting takes place

Make sure that the cutting implement is sharp and will not damage the product

Cut the trim to the desired length

Assess the position of the trim in relation to the tile layout and in accordance with any building regulations and good tiling practice

Bed the trim into the adhesive layer

Position the tile over the flange into the adhesive

Ensure that the tile butts up against the edge of the trim, i.e. a grout joint is not necessary between the tile and the trim

For PVC Protection Film on Stainless Steel and Brass

Remove the PVC protective film just before grouting

For Formable Edge Installations

As above

To obtain the required curve or form, bend the trim using only hand pressure

Use the anchorage points provided on the trim to secure the trim into position

For Movement and Perimeter Joint Installations

As above

The tile should be positioned parallel to the trim allowing a 2mm gap for grouting

NB : It must be noted, that these joints are only suitable for use in conjunction with ceramic tiling as they are not intended for use as construction joints

Ceramic Tile movement joints are not to be used above any construction joints

Should you feel that the product is not to your satisfaction, please do not install it, as no claim will be considered once the product has been installed.

Harmful Chemicals

In general products containing the following may cause damage however the list below is not all inclusive of other harmful chemicals. Always read the label of the product that you propose to use carefully.

  • Most acids
  • Some grout removing and tile cleaning products
  • Chlorine containing chemicals
  • Potassium or sodium hydroxide solutions
  • Soda ash
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Bleach
  • Vinegar
  • Most acids
  • Some grout removing and tile cleaning products
  • Ammonia
  • Chlorine containing chemicals
  • Potassium or sodium hydroxide solutions
  • Milk
  • Sea water
  • Baking soda
  • Bleach
  • Vinegar
Stainless Steel
  • Most acids
  • Some grout removing and tile cleaning products
  • Tile cleaners containing hydrochloric acid / spirits of salts
  • Hydrochloric acid (swimming pool acid)
  • Sulphuric acid (battery acid)
  • Undiluted bleach
  • Vinegar advice

Cleaning Procedures

The best method for cleaning is quite simply soap or a mild detergent (such as Sunlight Liquid®) in warm water, applied with a soft cloth or synthetic sponge. Rinse in hot water, dry with a soft cloth or allow to drip dry. Occasionally, the use of a mild household cleaner and fine synthetic scourer or a brush with nylon bristles may be used. Routine cleaning applied over several days will generally remove heavy soiling and staining.

• Routine gentle cleaning as described above
• Cleaners showing suitable for Aluminium / Brass / Stainless Steel / PVC
• Repeated routine gentle cleaning rather than a single aggressive cleaning

Do Not Use:
• Course abrasive powders or chemicals such as:
• Metallic scourers
• Silver or brass cleaners on Stainless Steel

Routine Cleaning Stains – Problem & Solutions:
Adhesive Labels – Remove labels by soaking in a hot soapy solution and rubbing with a cloth or sponge. If adhesive remains, remove with a soft cloth soaked in alcohol (Methylated Spirits) or an organic solvent (Benzene). Follow with routing cleaning.

Tea and Coffee Stains – Use a thin paste of washing soda (sodium carbonate) or fine household cleaners with hot water on a synthetic scourer. Follow by routine cleaning.

Finger Prints – Pre-treat marks with alcohol or organic solvent. Follow by routine cleaning.

Grease, Fats, Oils – Wipe off excess with soft paper towel. Pre-soak in warm detergent. Follow by routine cleaning

Water Marks / Lime Scale – Prolonged soaking in a 25% vinegar solution will loosen the
deposit. Followed by routine cleaning.

Chemicals – Hydrochloric acid (spirits of salts, swimming pool acid), sulphuric acid (battery acid), undiluted bleach, vinegar. If contact is made with the above rinse immediately with large volumes of water. If staining / damage has occurred contact SASSDA.

Information on Stainless Steel from Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (SASSDA).