When facing the room with tiles, you can not do without a number of auxiliary elements. Among them are corners of different purposes. They perform several functions at once: aesthetic, protective, decorative. Depending on the material from which they are made, distinguish ceramic, metallic, aluminum, plastic and other corners.
Types of external corners for tiles and features of their application
Aluminum corner belongs to the category of rigid profiles. Depending on where the corners are used, they are divided into internal or external.
External aluminum Angles are used to decorate walls that converge with each other at an angle. If you do not use the corner, then the pointed ends of the tiles forming the ledge, can create a danger of injury to humans.
Inner Corner It is intended for decoration of internal joints of lined surfaces. This corner has a slightly concave shape. The main task of the inner corner is to protect the surface from moisture and the appearance of mold and fungus.
Aluminum corner, painted in the tone of the tile or some contrasting color, can act as a beautiful decorative element for the interior.
The use of the outer corner will be an excellent way out of the situation when it is necessary to decorate the ledge of the wall with a tile cut at some angle. Ideally, this is almost impossible to do and very laborious. The corner will easily solve this problem.
Finally, it allows you to hide small chips, roughness or roughness that occurred when laying tiles.
Corners can be made of aluminum, stainless steel, ceramics and other materials. Which is better to choose - it is necessary to decide in each specific case. Each material has its advantages.
The advantages of aluminum include:
- ease of material;
- high strength;
- resistance to corrosion;
The alternative to the aluminum corner will be profiles made of ceramics or plastic, for example. Although these materials, in addition to the advantages (external aesthetics, strength) have a number of shortcomings. For example, ceramics are fragile enough material, and the plastic corner is not distinguished by its durability.
Install the corners directly while laying the tile. When they are installed, no additional fasteners will be required, because the profiles are held by adhesive and under the weight of neighboring tiles.
In addition to the outer and inner corners, there are less common options for using the aluminum profile. This is a corner for the cladding of steps, thresholds, joints between surfaces made of materials of different materials, etc.
How to install an aluminum corner under the tile
Usually the outer corner is set when one of the walls is already faced. Then, before finishing the second wall, install a corner. The width of the profile must exactly match the size of the tile, otherwise the corner will hang too loose or the tile simply does not fit into the slot provided for this.
The angle should be set exactly and tightly to give maximum perpendicularity to a row of tiles. All cracks and joints must be filled with tile adhesive.
Before facing doorways or window openings, you must first trim the corners. By this point, you should approach as accurately and accurately as possible, otherwise there may be cracks or cracks, and the corners do not lie perpendicular to each other exactly, without bends. For cutting a corner, a Bulgarian or metal canvas is used.
If after some time of operation the corner needs to be replaced, it can be dismantled. Although, of course, it is undesirable. To do this, it is necessary to carefully cut off the old profile without damaging the tile. Then take a new corner, if necessary cut it in advance and prepare a place for it, without affecting the space under the tile itself. Further, the corner is simply glued to liquid nails or silicone sealant.
Internal corners are used much less often external, after all on aesthetic beauty they practically do not influence. The installation of this angle does not differ from the installation of the external profile. The corner can be glued to a silicone sealant or tile adhesive.
Before grouting the tile joints, it is necessary to clean the joints of the tile and the corners from the adhesive residues.
Tips for choosing
- In order to get a smooth, smooth, smooth surface after laying the tiles, you must very carefully approach the selection of the necessary materials, including corners.
- When buying corners, it is better to take them with a small margin, relative to the estimated amount. The stock is needed for trimming.
- The size of the corner should correspond exactly to the height of the tile.
- When choosing a molding from a certain vendor, it is superfluous to read in advance reviews of customers who have already evaluated this product from different points of view (how the angle behaves when installing, operating, its physical and mechanical characteristics, etc.).
- When buying components, it is necessary to check the documents confirming the high quality of the products.
For more information on setting the angle, see the following video.