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Ceramic tiles for your spa room

If you are looking at flooring options for a spa room, there is no doubt that tiles are the best option.

They are durable and can handle the moisture in a spa room. Alok Goel, CEO of Nitco Ltd, offers the following tips when you are looking at flooring options for your tiles.

* The most important aspect of choosing your spa room tile is the ambience that it creates. You will want the colours to be relaxing and fun. Consider the tone and complementary colours carefully to make sure your spa does just what’s intended.
* Of course, you should match colour and texture with your architectural style. Why not go a bit further and consider a mosaic, or other structured design for laying your tile. You can find many pre-designed formats or you can create your own. Because you are working with tiles, it’s not difficult to cut and format almost any type of design.
* The floor of your spa bathroom will occupy a significant portion of your field of view, so be sure to spend the extra time picking the flooring that works with the rest of your motifs.
* The two most popular materials to be used in spa bathroom floor construction are ceramic tiles and laminate wood flooring.
* The material must be chosen not only for its aesthetics, but also for its durability and slip resistance, which is extremely important in a wet and slippery area such as a spa.
* The colour palette of the tile must be kept light, to reflect a natural environment. Additionally, the neutral tones of the tiles bring a soothing feel to the spa, providing a relaxing atmosphere where people can unwind. The overall design of the spa must be inviting and relaxing.
* While the soft shades of ceramic tiles enhance the comfortable feel, their durability and slip resistance are crucial in ensuring safety.
* Since the infancy of ceramics, up to this very day, the process is still very much the same; for the creation of all ceramic materials, one needs to bake a mixture of clays at a very high temperature.
* A ceramic tile, therefore, is the resulting product, after a mixture of clays have been treated appropriately, pressed, fired at a high temperature and cut to size.
* A ceramic tile consists of two parts: the body, which is called the ‘bisque’ and the surface, which is called the ‘glaze’.
* Ceramic tiles are available in a wide variety of sizes, textures and colours, just be sure to stick to a neutral colour that accents your wall colour. If you have dark walls, choose a lighter coloured floor or vice versa.
* Laminate wood flooring, although less exotic-looking than its natural hardwood counterpart, is better for a bathroom because natural hardwood tends to expand and contract more with temperature and humidity.
* In addition, it will absorb more water than comparable manufactured flooring such as laminate. If your budget allows for it, you may also consider natural stone flooring such as marble or travertine. Whatever you do, please do not use vinyl flooring, it may be more cost effective to do so but it definitely will be reflected in the end result.

Seminar on repair, rehabilitation and retrofitting

The Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (India) is conducting a three-day national seminar and exhibition on recent developments in construction (REDECON 2012 – Repair, Rehabilitation and Retrofitting at the Convention Hall, NIMHANS campus, Hosur Road in Bangalore on February 22, 23 and 24.

The aim of the fifth edition of the conference aims at developing and understanding standard practices for repair, rehabilitation of structures, alternate and new materials.
The themes of the conference are issues in restoration of structures, development in restoration techniques, structural health monitoring systems, use of alternate materials and construction chemicals, diagnostic devices, distress mitigation, techno-legal issues and case studies. Repair, rehabilitation and retrofit is the first mantra that needs to be followed owing to the high cost of replacement.

Research in the areas of specifications, materials, methods, strategies and systems that been carried out by many eminent researchers shall be the emphasis. Presenters would highlight and present their findings and case studies on materials, methods& techniques, ways to cope with increasing loads and deterioration factors. This seminar will help in providing details and ideas of repairing, rehabilitating and retrofitting of structures to extend its life span for increased performance and maximising economic returns.

Eminent speakers like A K Chatterjee, P Y Manjure, A K Sinha, N Rajagopalan, S K Manjarekar, C V Kand, Prof. B R Srinivasa Murthy, G Narayanan, Amol Shingarey, Prof. S K Gandhi, Prof. L R Kadiyali, Mohan Ramanathan, Prof. K Rajagopal, Prof. Mahesh Tandon, Craig Ballinger, Dilip Mase and others will share their research findings, case studies on materials, methods and techniques.

For details, contact: admin@accehq.net Additional information can be viewed on: www.accehq.net

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