5 Common Mistakes taking place in Neolith Surface Installations
Neolith is an incredibly beautiful and sturdy alternative material to natural stone such as marble, limestone or granite; that has gained a lot of popularity in the interior design community during the last few years. Almost every designer home has Neolith surfaces, Neolith worktops, Neolith kitchen worktops, bathroom tiles and/or slabs. New Neolith suppliers have also come into this expanding market and product offering in the UK.
Even with this booming increase in Neolith usage in both interior and exterior applications, there are many building contractors and property developers who may end up making mistakes while installing Neolith surfaces in a property. Here are five of the most common mistakes that may occur during the installation of Neolith surfaces:
- Considering Neolith Is Marble:
The most common mistake home developers make is considering that Neolith is just like marble. Because of this, they tend to forget about the incredible properties of Neolith that a marble doesn’t have. They tend to keep Neolith restricted to areas that are located well away from heat and cold, where there is going to be minimum physical exposure of the material to these, so that it doesn’t get damaged. But in reality, Neolith is exceptionally heat and frost resistant as well as stain and scratch proof.
- Not Preparing the Surface in the Correct manner before Installation:
You should understand that any stone can crack if of not install onto surfaces that are fixed to walls, floors and that are level. When installed on unlevel surfaces, stone takes the whole of its own weight without having appropriate support and any pressure added on it will stress its weakest point which is generally cut outs fabricated in the material such as sinks, hobs or sockets.
Therefore, before installing Neolith, check the levels of your units and surfaces. If this step isn’t considered, the surface may crack and panels such as Neolith tiles might feel more pressure than required. You should also clean the surface as if you install without cleaning, Neolith tiles can be loose and you won’t get the desired effect.
- Not Laying Down Neolith Worktops or Tiles Correctly:
As with any type of surface you are installing, including Neolith, one should look for a symmetrical and aesthetic layout, and in order to achieve this, you would need to ensure sure that you put the tiles according to the designer’s recommendations or that you have a chat with the person or Company installing the material so that you relay the look you are workings towards achieving before the commence works. This only takes five minutes and it is essential to ensure you get the final look the way you want it. If you are putting a large tile on one side, make sure that there is a similar large tile on the other side as well. Plan ahead and bring home the recommended tile size only.
- Using the Incorrect type of Adhesives:
Products like glue or any adhesive are generally purchased depending on how costly they are. There are many adhesives in the market, all of which are for different applications. One adhesive might work perfectly when you are joining smaller tiles, but might not adhere effectively when it comes to a larger tile. It is recommended to purchase the very best adhesives you can find as their cost is relatively inexpensive within the design scheme and it will ensure pieces are nicely finished and that they will stay in place regardless of traffic and/or impact. Approved suppliers of the material will already include such adhesives and silicones that are generally provided by the manufacturer of the surfaces, ensuring the complement correctly with their materials in both terms of looks and performance.
- Not Protecting the Surface while Working on Other Surfaces:
Generally surfaces like flooring and kitchen worktops may be installed before things like painting, decoration and mounting electrical appliances take place. You should know that you need to protect these surfaces once you have completed them or else they might stain later on. Another important factor to take into consideration is that whilst Neolith is extremely strong, labourers should never stand on it whilst painting a ceiling or installing lighting as they may put their whole body weight on an unsupported area of the surfaces, causing a hairline crack on them.
Being cautious would preserve your hard work in its pristine condition. Just make sure to cover it up completely before you start working on other parts of your construction project.
Having Neolith surfaces in your home or office makes the place look more elegant, aesthetic and shiny without the obvious drawbacks of natural marble. But if not installed correctly, Neolith (or any stone of surface for that matter) would look worse than it was originally intended to.
We hope that the above tips will help you ensure you install Neolith in your home or office with utmost care and attention, working with a professional Company that will know how to handle these types of materials.