'The Dirt' is laNeva Tile's information and discussion of all items related to production and installation, including: clay bodies, glazes, underlayment, mud-set, grout and sealant. Glazes:
Many of the glazes that we have selected for our tiles create a watercolor-like finish on the tiles, which is more apparent on the larger sizes. Our glazes are applied with a brush and you can often see brush marks on the final product, creating a "grain" to the tiles. In square tiles, this grain can be matched up or randomly set, depending on your installation preferences. Â In rectangular tiles, this grain usually creates a subtle horizontal line (if you are installing the tiles horizontally). Please see our design examples on the "Design Ideas" page or contact us for more details.
As always, every LaNeva Artisan Tile is 100% lead free.
We use a smooth white clay body for all of our tiles. Â This gives a consistent texture and a more uniform finish than many handmade tiles- with very little warping.
Installation of LaNeva Tiles:
Weâ€™ve created the perfect system to make install a cinch.
LaNeva Artisan Tiles can be mesh mounted in sections up to 12"x 12", numbered and shipped with an installation map. This ensures that mesh sections fit together as planned and you get the final design that you desire.
Mesh mounted tiles make installation a snap for your professional tile installer. (While we always recommend hiring a professional tile installer to get the most uniform installation and best possible look- our mesh mounting can greatly ease the stress on a do-it-yourselfer as well.)
As a reminder- always consider how your grout color will impact the look of the final installation. A monochromatic grout will blend with the tile design and deemphasize the grout lines, while a grout color lighter or darker than the tiles will emphasize the outline of each tile piece and create a much more dramatic look.
Please note: We always recommend sealing your tiles prior to using a grout color that contrasts with the tile color and testing on an individual tile prior to grouting the whole surface. Â A darker or lighter grout can leave a "haze" of that color on your handmade tiles that could potentially be difficult if not impossible to remove.
All of our tile examples shown are grouted with a sand-colored grout for consistency. Â For example, we have posted a photo of the same white tile with different grout colors in our blog.
White grout can be difficult to maintain- but looks amazingly crisp and clean with white or light colored tile.