Terracotta is a material that has been used for many years. It has a rather rustic and particular look and can also be used to pave outdoor spaces. The terracotta tile is obtained with clay baked in the oven, and the processing can be both manual and industrial. It is a good thermal insulator and resists any temperature but, in order for these two characteristics to manifest themselves, it is necessary to pay particular attention to the installation and to have it done by a professional.
When it comes to terracotta floors, distinctions must be made: raw terracotta is the one with the most rustic appearance because after cooking in the oven it does not undergo any other treatment, but if it is smoothed it will have a more polished appearance. The finest terracotta has a cooking homogeneity that is different from that of a poorer quality one. To be of good quality, the terracotta floor must be resistant to any weather conditions, to chemical products, to compression and traction. The use of colors greatly affects the appearance of the terracotta which can also be aged or polished.
The terracotta flooring does not set any limits because the measures are very different and the cut can also be polygonal. There are several methods for laying the terracotta floor. For large formats, a normal mortar is used, and when you have a pre-existing floor, the gluing method is used. The joints can have a different width, and this depends on the installation system chosen. The joints dry only after fifteen days; only after drying can the floor be washed to remove all lime residues and dirt. When using cleaning agents they must always be rinsed and the floor must always be dried. Glossy terracotta also requires the use of wax, which can be purchased synthetic or natural, and applied with a brush or a polisher. Depending on whether the wax is liquid or solid, you must always follow the instructions on the package. It is important not to use too much otherwise it may not be absorbed by the floor, and if you leave the wax soaked rag on the floor for a long time, it could create stains that you will not be able to remove anymore. Proper maintenance of the terracotta guarantees greater durability over time.
For ordinary cleaning it is recommended to use only water and possibly a polisher. Too aggressive detergents are not recommended and if the terracotta floor is stained you can use specific detergents, always following the instructions on the package. Extraordinary maintenance involves an intervention every three years, and consists of a deeper cleaning of the terracotta. In this case, it is advisable to contact specialized companies because they use professional detergents which, among other things, are also very difficult to dose. The specialized companies, among other things, also have specific machinery, and this avoids the private individual from engaging in unnecessary efforts. If one adheres to a correct ordinary and extraordinary cleaning of the terracotta, it will preserve its original beauty for a long time. Neglecting to clean it means irreparably compromising the aesthetic appearance of the terracotta.
The appearance that an outdoor area paved with terracotta takes on is very characteristic, and so unusual that it makes the space special. When we talk about external cladding we also refer to the stairs, which to be an element of continuity with the rest of the garden flooring, are tiled with the same material. If the terracotta does not undergo constant cleaning, there is a risk that rain and dirt will contribute to staining it. In gardens where wood is widely used as a furnishing accessory, terracotta becomes the most suitable flooring. Obviously, this is a completely personal choice since there are also those who love terracotta only for balconies and external stairs and then choose another material for the flooring in the garden.
At shops specialized in the sale of terracotta it is possible to find a wide choice compared to do-it-yourself shops, where instead only the most requested terracotta floors are exhibited. Those who want to choose a terracotta made in a particular area of Italy can contact these companies to perhaps request the sending of catalogs to begin to realize and compare that product with the terracotta that has already had the opportunity to see in other stores. . Outdoor terracotta gives character to the whole outdoor space and above all, when used to delimit certain areas, it is what strikes the most. Today it also goes well with modern outdoor furniture to create a contrast that will emphasize both the beauty of the furniture and that of the floor. The result is certainly unusual and original and could be the alternative to classic combinations.