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One of the most frequently chosen drain cover design is the Pure / Stone one, i.e. the tile insert version. It has been designed in the form of a container into which a tile or a mosaic must be glued. Thanks to this, you can achieve the effect of almost invisible drain. The carefully finished shower and the tile glued into the drain grate blend in with the rest of the shower, creating a clean, minimalist look. In this article, we will try to dispel doubts about choosing this type of grille and give you some tips for proper installation.
As we mentioned earlier, the tileable grate is the most frequently chosen type of grate, both among drains and ready-made tiled shower trays (see our shower trays). This is primarily for aesthetic reasons. The continuity of the floor and an almost invisible drain give a clean, modern look that will suit any bathroom, no matter what colour fittings you choose. In addition, soap deposits are much less visible on the tiles than on steel.
Correctly glued into the grille and properly finished tiles will be as durable as the stainless steel cover. In addition, you do not have to worry about scratching the steel surface during intensive cleaning.
Despite the lack of additional holes, the slots around allow the drainage of water without any problems, even with a high water load. Tests show that the pattern of drain covers hardly affects the flow rate of the entire set.
The undisputed advantage of tileable drain cover pattern is the ability to gently adjust the final height of the tile in relation to the drain. This allows the thickness of the adhesive layer to correct any errors in tiling the shower tray.
INSTALLATION - tips
- the grate should be tiled at the very end, but the fitting should be done at the beginning of the work, first without even cutting the tiles, and second time after cutting, take into account the required thickness of the glue
- for a nicer effect, the joints in the grille should meet the joints in the rest of the shower tray
- for gluing the tiles, you can use a standard, flexible tile adhesive, but it is best to use a special mounting adhesive to connect metal and ceramics
- regardless of the type of glue used, the surface of the grate must be thoroughly degreased
- after gluing the tile and grouting, finish all around the edges with silicone, otherwise dirty water will seep through the crack and fall under the tiles.
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