THE terracotta floors have multiple advantages and are made by a 100% natural raw material: clay.
To get to the finished quality product, however, a long process is required, starting with the choice of a high quality clay.
The mixture of water and clay will then be worked by hand on work benches so as to obtain loaves that will be adequately pressed and placed inside molds that will give the product the desired shape and size.
The breads thus obtained will be placed on a heated floor for a few days in order to complete the drying process.
The next step is cooking in a special oven and at a temperature of 1,000 degrees, kept for two or three days.
The high temperature of the cooking process is one of the most important factors in determining the hardness of the future terracotta floor and frost resistance.
The Italian craftsmen they are masters in making high quality terracotta floors but unfortunately the economic crisis has led to a race to the bottom of prices which has led to the finding on the market of low quality products produced abroad, for example, in Romania, China or Bangladesh which are then sold as "Italian terracotta floors".
Our advice is therefore to be wary of floors with a cost of less than 18 euros per square meter.
A first trick to check if i terracotta bricks they are handmade and of good quality is to slam them against each other to test their resistance: if the retailer runs towards you to prevent you from doing this, start to distrust his product.
Special processes and finishes also contribute to increasing the price but it is good to remember that a floor is not an object that is changed frequently but an investment destined to last several years.
COSTS OF QUALITY COTTO FLOORING
To give you some ideas of list prices, a square floor o square of 15 x 15 x 2.5 cm can cost between 50 and 60 euros per square meter.
A flat floor or rectangular of 15 x 30 x 2.5 cm can have a list price of 40-50 Euro per square meter.
For more details you can ask for an online quote on the website of this Italian manufacturer of terracotta floors.
ADVANTAGES OF COTTO FLOORS
THE advantages of a terracotta floor are many: the first is certainly linked to aesthetic factor, as you can also appreciate in the opening photo of this article.
The second is the high resistance to shocks and bad weather which make it perfect for outdoor use as well.
Other advantages are the ease with which i terracotta floors they can be washed and "thenatural effect”Which gives to the environments.
INSTALLATION OF COTTO FLOORS
After purchasing a quality product you will have to commission the installation to qualified personnel, avoiding the "do-it-yourself" procedure, except to keep in mind some "warnings": before laying it is necessary to prepare a well-leveled substrate and then fix the tiles with mortar or special glue and then grout with sand and cement.
In the case of laying a terracotta floor in an outdoor environment you will have to pay attention to the drainage of the water to avoid accumulation of moisture that could lead to the detachment of the tile.