Direct istallation is extremely easy to perform even without the use of specific tools. Ideal for creating walkways, barbecue areas or gazebos in greenery, preserving the grassy surface, flooring on grass guarantees easy removal and repositioning. Advantages:
- Practicality: easy and quick to install and remove;
- Versatility: can be removed and repositioned based, for example, on the bathing seasons;
- Flexibility of use: possibility of obtaining minimum joints, 1 cm and greater (“Japanese spacing”);
- Ecology: allows water drainage;
- Temporary nature: allows floored areas to be created where building or permanent flooring is not permitted.
- Affordability: can be performed even without specialized workers
Types of direct installation:
1. Embedded installation on a grassy surface
Embedded installation on a grassy surface is extremely easy to perform even without the use of specific tools. Flooring on grass is ideal for creating walkways, barbecue areas or gazebos in greenery, preserving the grassy surface from weight and foot traffic. Following simple warnings, the material can be installed with a minimum joint of 1 cm or greater (Japanese spacing). By guaranteeing easy removal and repositioning, direct installation flooring allows maximum flexibility and creativity in the installation phase.
Gardens, gazebos, Entrance walkways, Perimeter areas in private pools.
To install on a grassy surface:
- Remove the soil below the area where the sheet will be laid to a thickness of about 5-6 cm;
- In the dug up area, apply a bed of gravel with constant granulometry to a thickness of about 3-4 cm and compact the foundation;
- Rest the ceramic slab on the gravel bed and use a rubber hammer to eliminate any unevenness.
2. Dry installation on gravel
Practical, fast and ecological, this installation method is ideal to create easy-to-lay outdoor flooring, immediately treadable and conveniently moveable and replaceable. The sheets can be dry installed by arranging them directly on gravel beds, or by embedding them individually. It is also advisable to provide another layer of gravel for rainwater drainage under the ornamental gravel spread on the surface. This system can also have either a minimum joint that arranges the sheets with a joint of at least 1 cm between them.
Gardens, patios, courtyards, pedestrian walkways and terraces.
- Even out and compact the level of the resting layer;
- Rest the ceramic slab on the bed of gravel;
- Use a rubber hammer to eliminate any unevenness;
- Fill in the joints between the sheets with gravel or sand to provide greater stability to the surface.
3. Dry installation on sand
Dry installation on sand lends itself well to the same destinations as installation on gravel such as gardens, patios, pedestrian walkways and terraces and it is particularly ideal on beaches and in seaside resorts: non-slip, resistant to sea salt and wear, the sheets can be embedded in the sand to create walkways or laid against one another.
Pedestrian walkways on beaches and in seaside resorts, gardens, patios, courtyards.
Installation can be performed on sand by laying the sheets directly or by creating a stabilizing foundation in gravel. In these cases you must therefore:
- Even out and compact the level of the resting layer (sand or gravel);
- Once the underlying layer of ground has been leveled, position the sheets, using a rubber hammer to eliminate any unevenness;
- Fill in the joints between the sheets with sand to provide greater stability to the surface.