The arch is an excellent choice as an element of the interior. It can be formed from drywall and be lined with natural stone. This is a cheaper option than building entirely from natural stones, but it is very impressive with the beautiful cladding.
What tiles to line the arch
Gneiss slabs and cuttings are very suitable in colors for arch cladding. Both colors of gneiss from Valmarg Stone – golden beige and silver gray – go well with any interior style.
The slabs are suitable for lining the sides of the arch, and for narrow sections suitable for easy combination in size and length are smaller pieces – cuttings and gneiss bones. The cuttings are free-sized and between 1 and 1.5 cm thick. The bones are 4 cm thicker, up to 40 cm long and between 3 and 5 cm wide.
The tools you need to prepare for gneiss coating
In order to be able to cut the required size pieces of stone and glue them, you need to prepare the following tools:
- cutting machine;
- metal brush;
- measuring tape;
- wedges – wooden and plastic.
Materials to prepare before you start tiling
Materials that will be needed include:
- putty mixture;
- glue – suitable for gluing stone.
The choice of glue is especially important, it will attach the stone to the gypsum board base. You need to choose an adhesive that will reliably perform this function.
Preparing the surface for gluing the stone
The surface must be smooth for you to start gluing the tiles and the cuttings from Ivaylovgrad gneiss. This is achieved by plastering.
Then the primer is applied, which will help to strengthen the plates and pieces of stone. The primer is applied with a roller.
Gluing the slabs and pieces of stone
You need to arrange the plates and cuttings and bones in separate piles. You can also arrange the tiles next to each other to make it easier to choose the right one. It is easier to arrange slabs of cut stone. Depending on the size of the arch, you can choose between a width of 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 cm. The length of the tiles is free.
The cladding with polygonal slabs, which have an irregular shape, is more attractive. But arranging and combining them is more difficult.
Bonding the tiles
Before gluing the tiles, you need to inspect their reverse side. It should not have fine foam, and if any, clean with a metal brush. If the back of the plates is not cleaned, they will not attach well.
Prepare the glue in the bucket according to the instructions on the package. A homogeneous mixture must be obtained.
Apply glue with a spatula on the area of the arch where you will glue the plate. Apply glue on the back of the plate. The adhesive layer should be 5 to 10 mm thick and completely cover the surface of the wall and the back of the board.
Each plate must be positioned so that it is flush with the surface of the others.
Use wedges to hold the tiles until the glue dries.
Filling the joints in the cladding
Because the arch is internal, you may not fill the joints. But for completeness we recommend filling. After applying the grout, level with a spatula.
Lined with Ivaylovgrad stone, plasterboard arch is a suitable and attractive addition to the interior of the living room. You can supplement it with stone flower pots on both sides and household items – pottery and copper vessels.