A movement joint is an intentional interruption in a tile or expanse of floor. Hard flooring always expands and contracts so this is a must!

Movement Joints Versatility

As the trend for porcelain and ceramic tile increases with builders, designers, architects and homeowners so does the need for technical know-how and specialist care.

Tile is an extremely versatile material that can be multi surface and stand the test of time. Not only is it a sustainable choice but also a resilient one.

As we spend more and more time within our home, living and working, we are seeking materials that enhance our space, that bring a sense of calm and tranquillity. A large expanse of tile promotes a feeling of serenity.

Health and wellness are currently top of our priorities as homeowners and tile offers this component. The anti microbial and non allergenic properties of a hard floor is of benefit. Tiles do not allow odours, allergens, mould or bacteria to permeate. They contain no plastic, or elements that importantly can harm air quality or health.

Developments in technology have also allowed our tiles to look however we wish! Authentic wood finishes, stone, concrete, porcelain looks, all are possible. You can even colour match, texture or contrast your profiles!

A movement joint is an intentional interruption in a tile or expanse of floor. Hard flooring always expands and contracts so this is a must!

Slip resistant finishes on tiles have improved immensely, once unsightly now hi-tech and attractive. Large format tiles are not only perfect for a car showroom but now also your home.

Outdoor kitchens and living spaces have made the cut this year and homeowners are choosing to extend their living space to the outdoors. Many homes have the same tile flow from interior to exterior to create a seamless transition. Looks seamless but requires a technical installation.

In order to achieve these high end looks successfully it is important to install movement joints within your tile floor. A movement joint accommodates the natural expansion, contraction and shifting that takes place within a building. This constant shifting of materials is due to temperature changes, moisture, and structural settling. However new or old your property this movement will always be in existence and by including a movement joint in your flooring you can prevent your beautiful floor from cracking or popping.

A movement joint is an intentional interruption in a tile or expanse of floor. Hard flooring always expands and contracts so this is a must!

Straight cracks will often appear where there is vertical movement in the subfloor, horizontal movement appears as lighting style cracks. Compression will cause tenting or popping and all will ruin the finish of your floor. A tile floor is only low maintenance if the installer uses the correct profiles! The positioning of movement joints is essential and can often be adjusted to suit the aesthetic layout of the floor by a professional who will follow the 10 metre guidelines.

2023 brought trends inspired by the natural world, for both colour and texture. Flooring saw the introduction of palettes that are calming, relaxing and grounding. The soothing colour of green is popular for flooring at the moment, it suits all spaces and connects us to the well being qualities of nature.

It is even possible to match your movement joints to any colour you wish so as to enhance your tiled floor and not ruin its finish. These trims can be bespoke to your floor choice. You can even send a sample of your floor and the trims will be colour matched exactly if you wish. It is even possible to incorporate texture, the creative possibilities are endless.

Tiling areas of your living space not only creates a low maintenance floor when installed correctly but is the ideal choice for your home. Both beautiful and functional, a hard floor allows for infinite design choices, colours, shapes, textures and patterns. Exciting!

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