7 ways Salvatori makes tile and product installation easy
7 ways to simplify laying and installation
Installing elements such as tiles, flooring, built-in furniture and sanitaryware is one of the key moments of any building or renovation project as if it is not carried out correctly, it has severe repercussions not only on the final aesthetic but also timing and costs.
To simplify this phase and help ensure all runs smoothly, there are certain steps and initiatives you can take that will have positive knock-on effects in other stages of the project. We take a look at just how you can simplify installation, but firstly we will define just what we mean for the purposes of this article by the term “installation”.
The frame and roof are in place, wiring and plumbing under control and most of the behind-the-scenes elements are in place. Now the moment has arrived to add the finishing touches which create the final aesthetic. There are no places to hide so it is critical that everything is executed to perfection.
In this article, when we refer to installation, we mean elements such as flooring, wall coverings, built-in furniture and items such as showers, kitchen and bathroom units and cabinetry. In particular, we talk about laying tiles which is an operation that requires a meticulous level of attention to detail.
Generally at this point of any project, whether it is a new-build, a renovation or even a less dramatic makeover, there will be a number of players involved and a timing sequence to be followed by each, so it is even more critical to avoid problems that could create delays for the entire project.
Like many companies, we have developed a comprehensive range of tools and support services to ensure laying or installing our products is as simple and stress-free as possible. Correct installation also means that a product will be easy to use and will last longer.
Salvatori offers 7 such solutions:
- Installation guides in video and written form
- Plug&Play technology
- Packaging solutions divided by space rather than product
- Layout guides
- Out-of-the-box solutions
- On-site assistance
- Centuries of experience in working with natural stone
We take a look in more detail at how each of these helps make installation and laying easier.
All our products come with detailed installation instructions which can be downloaded from our website.
They say the devil is in the detail, and that is something we are almost obsessive about, not only with our products but also our installation guides. We provide step-by-step details and a host of useful information regarding topics such as pretreatment, lighting, cleaning products and even the colour grout to use where that is relevant.
We currently have over 20 videos and we are constantly developing new ones, with the goal of providing our clients with all the information required to understand and get the most out of our products.
For every product we develop, we think carefully about how we can simplify its installation and as such, we invest considerable time and effort in researching techniques and technology to reduce the work of whoever will lay or install it.
For example, our shower trays and most of our wash basins are designed to reduce the number of tradespeople required, meaning you don’t need to coordinate builders, plumbers and stone cutters. This makes for a more efficient, cost-effective, faster and less stressful experience for all. We also include all the elements you need, such as drilling templates and even the correct drill bit. These may seem small things, but they help avoid potential errors and delays.
Our packaging solutions are developed in line with the requirements of each project so that when it arrives on site, it is already sorted. For example, if a project involves a number of different spaces, such as an apartment complex or hotel, we package our products by space so that when it arrives there is no need to divide everything up and work out which product goes where. We label every crate or package clearly and provide instructions and, importantly, we choose our tiles carefully to ensure every package contains pieces with a uniform tonality and veining.
We have also developed a system for projects where we provide cut-to-size products or where tiles need to be laid in a specific way to achieve a certain effect, for example for bespoke floors, walls or staircases. In such case, we not only number each tile or piece, but also provide a layout showing where each piece goes.
Every location is different and some can present challenging access or logistical situations. This is where our technical team come into play, devising innovative and practical solutions, which can range from modifying a product to creating bespoke packaging. The focus is on adapting or fine-tuning the product in light of where it will be installed.
Once such example is a project in London. The architect wanted to use pieces of stone measuring 150 x 150 cm but the apartment was on the third floor and could only be reached by a narrow staircase. A crane could not get close enough to the window, which was also too small, anyway. Our solution? We found a way to cut the pieces small enough to get into the apartment, but so that when they were installed, to the eye they seemed to be as large as the architect had envisaged.
Sometimes it is important to actually visit a location to identify any potential problems, challenges or even opportunities that aren’t apparent on paper (or the digital equivalent). In London and Milan our teams are available to visit a site and provide advice, practical guidance and assistance, while in other locations, we have a network of Salvatori-authorised professionals to carry out or oversee installation. They are highly-trained and know our products, standards and solutions, enabling them to provide viable alternatives where necessary.
There is one other advantage to working with Salvatori and that is our territory. We are based in Versilia on the northern coast of Tuscany, an area where marble has been an intrinsic part of life for centuries, with the Apuan Alps, home to the world-famous Bianco Carrara, the backdrop to daily life. It is fair to say we have an innate understanding of this extraordinary natural material, and this is a precious legacy that has been passed down through the generations, to be combined with modern technology and techniques that make it easier to work with.
In summary, we have looked at why installation is so important to the success of any construction or renovation project in the architectural and interior design sectors. We explained seven ways Salvatori helps make the process smooth and stress-free, no matter the size, location or type of project. If you would like to know more about the way we work, or how we can help bring your design vision to life, please get in touch and we will be delighted to provide any information or assistance.