Finishing strips are a great way to neatly handle exterior corners and stop-ends.
The 8” Finishing strips are sized to work with the thickness of 4x4”, 6x6", 8x8”, 4x8” and 4x12” tiles. The 12” Finishing strips are sized to work with the thickness of 6x16", 8x24” and 12x24” tiles.
Importance of Grout Joints
It is important that Johnson Tiles, as with all wall tiles, are installed with a grout joint - typically 1/8” -3/16”. The slight raised edge of the tiles is NOT a lug; it is designed to separate tiles in the kiln Therefore the use of tile-spacers to provide a uniform joint is recommended. Where tiles are butt jointed as well as for aesthetic considerations (any slight bowing , or lippage will be exaggerated ) , movement in the substrate that might otherwise be taken up by the grout joint may create cracking or crazing.
Johnson Tile wall tile series are tested for craze resistance prior to launch and conform to recognized standards. Crazing, the spider like cracks in the glaze developing after installation reflect stresses in the installation, usually occurring due to movement. This can occur for a variety of reasons
walls are not flat
tiles are not jointed
movement in the substrate
excessive moisture entering the tile body
the setting material not used in accordance with manufacture instructions and recognized codes of practice.
Types of Lay Patterns
With the popularity of rectangular tiles, a choice has to be made as to how the tiles are to be installed, stacked, bricked, herrringbone, 1/3 bond are popular examples.
All Johnson Tiles are tested for flatness , straightness of sides and rectangularity and fall within recognized industry standards. That does not mean tiles are perfectly flat but great care is given to produce tiles of world-class quality, The finished look of the installation is influenced by lighting placement , grout -joint , flatness of the substrate and tile size. It is always advisable to dry-lay or tile a small area in order to gauge satisfaction before full installation, particularly where a 1/2 brick-bond is under consideration In some instances, where lighting particularly is adversely affecting the look of the installation , a 1/3 joint can provide a safer and pleasing option.