The importance of dilation joints

Floors are continuously moving due to, for example, the settling of foundations, columns and beams in the building or because of temperature differences. Accommodating these movements by integrating dilation joints or movement joints in the floor in suitable places results in considerably lower stress.

It is particularly the edge areas of mechanically heavily loaded floors that are vulnerable. Tile edges are particularly heavily loaded along the joints. This is caused by vehicles with solid, hard wheels for example. In such
cases dilation joints are provided with stainless steel profiles level with the surface of the tiled floor. The edge joints are filled with an elastic
cement.

The movement joint can also be incorporated in the wall. If special concave skirting tiles are applied, the joints protrude 3 cm above floor level so they are not exposed to the effects of dirt and cleaning products.