- 1 Overview of Arto
- 2 Mine
- 3 Can I put ARTO indoor or outdoors?
- 4 Does your tile scratch? Does your furniture itch?
- 5 How can I ensure a proper blend?
- 6 But do I have to seal it?
- 7 Do your colors fade?
- 8 What do I need to do before the tile is installed?
- 9 Is the tile sealed or do I have to seal it?
- 10 Can I store ARTO concrete products?
- 11 What causes cracks to appear?
- 12 Is the tile slippery?
- 13 NEED A SAMPLE?
- 14 Who Is ARTO Tile?
- 15 History of Arto
Overview of Arto
No, no, no-no-no… We did all that because we wanted… No…
So, let’s hear a song from this Mundo Civilizado, it’s called
“Complicity.” Arto Lindsay – “Complicity” (music: Arto Lindsay – “Complicity” / applause)
[laughs] I remembered a fewthing funny about that track.
Well, actually a fewbody asked me to make a bossa nova record for Japan and I said, “Well, ah.” So I tried to make a really quiet record, if not a bossa nova record, and I thought I won’t play guitar on this record but I’ll make a record that’s really guitar heavy.
As a musician, I feel that I wouldn’t want to define my music, I would want to feel free to make a lot of alternative kinds of music and I think that’s a function of being part of the record generation.
I want to introduce you to Chad Clark, a Washington D.C.artist with the band Beauty Pill, which begins a tour today with a musical hero of Clark’s and of mine, Arto Lindsay.
Can I put ARTO indoor or outdoors?
Yes ARTO products can be used indoors and outdoors in the valleys or on the mountains and wherever freedom rings and the pursuit of happiness roars.That means commercial driveways, grandma’s back splash or your wine cellar.ARTO is freeze thaw tested but deicing minerals can still damage the surface of the concrete tile.In freeze thaw climates it is especially important to seal well (water should bead on the surface) using a high quality penetrating sealer.
Does your tile scratch? Does your furniture itch?
Yes it can scratch if subjected to heavy, sharp objects dragged across the surface.Furniture should have chair glides or felt pads and simply lifting the furniture rather than dragging it over the floor will help.Pets can scratch the floor too so consider rugs and trimming the dog’s nails.
How can I ensure a proper blend?
To achieve optimal results, tile should be selected from multiple cartons and shading arrangement planned and laid out prior to installation.One of the characteristics of our handcrafted tiles is strong random shading and that is what enhances its natural beauty.If you need to order more material to complete your installation please do not use all the tiles on hand.Instead wait for additional material to arrive and blend new and old materials to ensure a smooth blend.ARTO recommends blending from all boxes and pallets whenever possible.
But do I have to seal it?
Some people say seal it once very well and forget about it.
Do your colors fade?
The color can’t fade, but the concrete can.The color used in every Arto concrete product is pure inorganic pigment which is made in a process of oxidizing metal, in essence, “fading” metal into a pigment powder.The resulting powder pigment concentrate is impossible to fade.That’s why it’s the same active ingredient in another permanent coloring application: tattoos.Concrete, on the other hand does change with time and weather exposure.Even uncolored concrete which turns yellow, erodes and darkens as it accumulates dirt, dust and grime from the environment.Left unprotected or weakened by a poor mix design or finishing job, the surface of concrete “dusts” and erodes slowly until fine aggregate and sand particles are exposed.This same process occurs in colored concrete.
What do I need to do before the tile is installed?
Tile must be installed over an appropriate, properly prepared substrate.Concrete slabs should be clean and free of contaminants..Wood substrates should be engineered or verified to be able to handle the weight of the entire tile installation (including setting materials); otherwise cracking can occur due to excessive deflection of the subfloor.
Is the tile sealed or do I have to seal it?
ARTO tiles are usually sold unsealed but can be pre-sealed for an additional charge.Ordering pre sealed tile can cut labor costs and help ensure your tile is protected during the installation process (you will still need to seal the grout).However, most tiles are shipped unsealed because the type of sealer will vary based on the specific installation requirements.
Can I store ARTO concrete products?
Short and long term storage can change the face of our products whether stored indoors or outdoors, covered or uncovered.Many top designers love to order the tiles for their projects well in advance because they really enjoy the extra patina the long term storage can develop.For other projects where a clean contemporary look is desired long term storage is not advised and will eventually distress and patina the face of a tile.
What causes cracks to appear?
There are rare occasions when an individual tile is fractured when it is stepped on or something impacts it.This can occur when tiles are not fully backbuttered with mortar or not well seated in the setting bed.In these cases, replacing the damaged tile repairs the crack.If the crack continues from one tile to another and across the grout joints then the problem lies in the substrate (usually due to subfloor movement or cracks in the slab).
Is the tile slippery?
It depends on the types of shoes you are wearing…… but seriously some of our tiles are more slippery than others.Our standard finish Artillo and Roman tiles are often specified for hospitality and other commercial floor applications and meet all ADA requirements.But yes, friend to friend, if there is enough water on the surface anything can be slippery For a bathroom or pool deck good traction means good times so we suggest ordering smaller sizes or applying one of our add-on textures like Limestone or Luna texture to increase grip.
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Who Is ARTO Tile?
ARTO makes their ceramic and concrete products the traditional way with skilled human hands, local materials, and hard work.In today’s world where everything is automated and products all look the same or are printed out to trick your eye, ARTO makes truly unique handcrafted products.ARTO tile products attract customers who are indeed unique themselves and want that represented in the items they use to make their spaces distinctively their own.