Liquid tiles - an original floor covering, by means of which a "living" floor is created. It is a good solution for a nursery, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom.
Pros for this cover is enough, but there are also minuses.
What is a liquid tile?
A liquid tile is understood as a multilayerA plate made of the most common polycarbonate. Inside it is a liquid. As a rule, glycerin, cosmetic oil acts in its role. The liquid does not mix and at the same time gives a certain pattern. It is not static and is able to change constantly with each exposure to the tile. It is enough to take one step on the liquid tile - and it will change the pattern. Hence the effect of the "living" sex.
Types of liquid tiles
It can be round or square. Also it is issued in different sizes. In particular, the round liquid tile can reach one meter in diameter.
The color range of this material is incredibly wide. The "live" floor can be red, blue, orange, etc. The tile can be either monochrome or two-, three-color.
The liquid inside the tile can be matte or shiny. The base (polycarbonate) can be transparent and colored.
At the moment, this type of flooring is not so widely represented on the Russian market. However, its popularity is gaining momentum.
Advantages of liquid tiles
In addition to the original effect with a "live" pattern,Liquid tiles have many pluses. Hypoallergenicity is one of the main advantages of this material. The dye, which is inside the liquid tile, is used in the food industry.
This coating has high impact resistance. Tiles in this parameter are not inferior to ceramic granite, toughened glass and laminate. On it you can safely walk even on the thinnest stilettos. Also, it is able to withstand a very large load, which is important.
On each tile there is an anti-slip layer, so it is almost impossible to slip even in the bathroom. In addition, she has good moisture resistance.
Liquid tiles have a "warm" surface than notCan boast tiles or granite. It will be comfortable walking barefoot even in the cold season. It has excellent damping properties, so when walking you can feel the softness.
This material has high vibration and acoustic properties. If you live under violent neighbors, cover the floor with liquid tiles, and you will become quieter.
The coating has good resistance to ultraviolet light. Liquid tile does not change the brightness of its color and does not fade at least 6-9 years.
Ease of care is another plus of liquid tiles. Dirt on it almost does not linger, if necessary, it can be washed without problems by ordinary water.
You can also note the anti-stress effect of liquid tiles. This material calms the nervous system, if for a while to watch the overflows of the drawing of the "living" sex.
Disadvantages of liquid tiles
It is impossible to lay the entire floor in the room with liquid tiles. She can only trim a certain area of the room, because it's easy Can not be cut. The thing is that the dye inside is simply spreading.
Liquid tiles can not be used at low temperatures (below 0 ° C). To make her a floor in the gazebo, on the balcony or the terrace will not work.
On the "living" floor can not be put hot, because the polycarbonate surface will simply melt away from the heat.
Perhaps its main disadvantage is the highThe cost. The average cost per square meter of liquid tiles is about 14 thousand rubles. However, for those who like originality, this is not an obstacle to the purchase of this material.
How to lay a liquid tile
Installation of the living floor is simple. Tiles should be laid on a flat surface and fixed with a special glue. As a layer of the hitch of the base and the tile, two-sided adhesive tape is also suitable. If the surface on which the material is stacked has a slope, this will result in an uneven distribution of the pattern.
Liquid tiles can be easily combined with other floor coverings, and also used for decorating a horizontal surface. It is used in the decoration of bar counters and countertops.