Installation

Bi Design Kitchen 2

Installation

Due to the natural variations in any handmade product, all dimensions given are approximate. Installation should not begin until all products are on site. A certain amount of variation in color, shade, tone and size is to be expected. Such variations only enhance the natural beauty, character and uniqueness of the tile. New tile (especially High Polish, Verdi and Rust finishes) may not look exactly like the tile on concept boards that have been grouted, cleaned, polished, sealed and had time to age.

Please refer to Care Instructions for proper maintenance.

A copy of the Installation and Care Instructions along with a specification sheet (packing slip with product photo, item number and size) is included with all orders.

TILE

All tile may be used for wall application. Low relief and field tile is recommended for floor applications. Tile with high relief may not be suitable for floor applications in traffic areas. Tile may be used in a shower or pool area, in a bathroom or kitchen backsplash and on a range hood. All tile can be easily cut or mitered using a wet or dry saw. The metal will not chip, flake or peel from any cutting or drilling.

Warning: High relief tile, liners, chair rails and bases installed above a cooktop, outdoor kitchen or fireplace must be set 5 to 6 inches above and 3 to 4 inches back from heat source and have a minimum 2-inch set back from the profile (face of the tile). Failure to do so may result in damage and will void the warranty. Heat source includes oven vents and fireplace blowers.

Note: Installed tile must use a high-grade urethane compatible indoor/outdoor thin-set mortar such as Custom EBMLite™ Epoxy Bonding Mortar. If not using mortar, construction adhesive may be used, see onlay instructions below.

Tile cut or mitered using a wet saw should be wiped dry with a soft cloth to prevent spotting. Use non-abrasive GOJO® hand cleaner sparingly with extra fine steel wool to remove water spots and unwanted green patina.

Sanded and unsanded grout may be used. Mask off tile to eliminate grout on all relief pieces and avoid scratching the finish. Using a small brush and water only, remove excess grout from tile before it dries. Towel dry to avoid water spots. All grout must be removed from the surface before it dries to eliminate damaging the finish. Non-abrasive GOJO® hand cleaner may be applied lightly before grouting as a grout release and to remove grout haze on all surfaces after grout dries.

Note: If using epoxy grout, all tile must be masked off. Using a solvent to clean residual epoxy grout can damage the finish.

Stain-Proof™ Original by Dry Treat (drytreat.com) is recommended to seal entire area. Stone enhancers, sealers and cleaners may be used and will not prevent metal from aging. Polishing paste and abrasive polishing products are not recommended.

ONLAYS

Onlays and most tile may be mounted over an existing substrate. Adhere to stone, glass and ceramic using a quick set epoxy and seal around edges with a clear bead of silicone. Pieces may also be adhered to metal or wood and can be used for exterior application or around a heat source (see warning) using the appropriate adhesive or wood bond such as SikaBond® Construction Adhesive.

Warning: Onlays installed above a cooktop, outdoor kitchen or fireplace must be set 5 to 6 inches above and 3 to 4 inches back from heat source and have a minimum 2-inch set back from the profile (face of the tile). Failure to do so may result in damage and will void the warranty. Heat source includes oven vents and fireplace blowers.

Note: If using an adhesive allow to off-gas (5-7 days) first, then run a clear bead of silicone around outside edges to keep moisture out. Failure to do so may cause piece to delaminate from substrate.

PLAQUES

Plaques and Plaque Onlays must be kept flat until installation. If warping does occur, lay the piece on a flat warm surface (in the sun) and it will flatten. An attempt to flatten a cold piece could cause damage. Plaques can be used behind cooktops (see warning) or as an inset in showers and cabinets. For plaques, use a product such as SikaBond® Construction Adhesive along with a quick set epoxy on the corners to hold until the adhesive sets. Plaque and surrounding are may be sealed with Stain-Proof™ Original by Dry Treat (drytreat.com).

Warning: Plaques installed above a cooktop, outdoor kitchen or fireplace must be set 5 to 6 inches above and 3 to 4 inches back from heat source and have a minimum 2-inch set back from the profile (face of the tile). Failure to do so may result in damage and will void the warranty. Heat source includes oven vents and fireplace blowers.

Note: If using an adhesive allow to off-gas (5-7 days) first, then run a clear bead of silicone around outside edges to keep moisture out. Failure to do so may cause piece to delaminate from substrate.

KORBELS

Korbels come with a slot in the back for ease of hanging or can be drilled for alternative mounting methods.

MOSAICS

Please follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions for all products used. We also recommend that an experienced mosaic installer perform the mosaic installation.

Warning: Mosaics installed above a cooktop, outdoor kitchen or fireplace must be set 5 to 6 inches above and 3 to 4 inches back from heat source and have a minimum 2-inch set back from the profile (face of the tile). Failure to do so may result in damage and will void the warranty. Heat source includes oven vents and fireplace blowers.

Mosaics should be kept flat in an enclosed box in a cool dry place until installation begins. Never expose mesh-backed mosaics to moisture or temperatures above 95 degrees. To move or transport a mosaic, leave plastic sheet on back and carefully place on a piece of plywood or other solid surface. Always remove plastic sheet before installation.

The following information is provided as installation guidance, not as specific instructions. Mosaic medallions up to 48” are usually shipped as one piece. Larger medallions may be shipped in multiple pieces. Mosaic decos, connectors and liners should only be picked up one piece at a time. Pick mosaics up with two hands at top or sides placing hands near corners or at corners of one side of the piece. In some cases, this operation may require two or more people. Lift mosaic straight up and place the opposite end of the mosaic in the mortar first. Always take care to align piece in exact location so as not to require adjustment later. Then proceed with mosaic stone installation techniques.

All mesh-backed products must be grouted. Failure to do so will result in degradation of the setting material and/or pieces lifting or falling out. Mesh-backed mosaics depend on the application of grout for their strength and resistance to the elements. Wipe off all excess grout and do not allow grout to dry on the mosaic surface. Non-abrasive GOJO® hand cleaner may be applied before grouting as a grout release and to remove grout haze on all surfaces after grout dries. See grout manufacturer’s specifications for proper grout. We recommend using an appropriate sealer such as Stain-Proof™ Original by Dry Treat (drytreat.com) after mosaic is grouted. Stone sealer or enhancer will not keep metal from aging naturally.

METAL, STONE & GLASS MOSAIC BLENDS

All mesh-backed products must be grouted. Failure to do so will result in degradation of the setting material and/or pieces lifting or falling out. Mesh-backed mosaics depend on the application of grout for their strength and resistance to the elements. Wipe off all excess grout and do not allow grout to dry on the mosaic surface. Non-abrasive GOJO® hand cleaner may be applied before grouting as a grout release and to remove grout haze on all surfaces after grout dries. See grout manufacturer’s specifications for proper grout. We recommend using an appropriate sealer such as Stain-Proof™ Original by Dry Treat (drytreat.com) after mosaic is grouted. Stone sealer or enhancer will not keep metal from aging naturally.

Warning: Mosaic Blends installed above a cooktop, outdoor kitchen or fireplace must be set 5 to 6 inches above and 3 to 4 inches back from heat source and have a minimum 2-inch set back from the profile (face of the tile). Failure to do so may result in damage and will void the warranty. Heat source includes oven vents and fireplace blowers.