It was in Russia that this type of tile was named “hog” because of the two holes at the end, which are very similar to the piglet’s piglet. Initially, it all started with clinker tiles, which successfully repeated brickwork, usually on the facades of buildings. Then this type of tile began to be actively used in the decoration of the Paris metro. Therefore, if you want to find a “hog” on foreign sites, use the name Metro, it is under it that such tiles are known in Western countries..
What is the peculiarity of the “hog”? Traditionally, this tile is produced in the following sizes: 10×20, 10×30, 15×30 and 7.5×15 centimeters. The most popular size, which is important when choosing ceramic tiles in general, is difficult to single out. Someone prefers larger options, someone – almost a mosaic, allowing you to experiment with design.
Traditionally, the “hog” is laid in horizontal rows in order to resemble brickwork as much as possible. However, this is not the most interesting option, how do you like this zigzag? More interesting, you can’t argue here. At the same time, all the original advantages of the tile have been preserved, with its classic shapes and sizes..
Experts unanimously advise to combine and alternate “hog” with other types of tiles. Such a kitchen apron with stripes of strict white and motley patterned tiles will always look relevant.
Immediately, we note the main disadvantage of this type of tile – it has a chamfer, that is, a bevel at the end of the material. This leads to difficulties in tiling, especially at corners and joints. Not every tiler will undertake to lay the “hog” the way the owners of the house wanted. Moreover, traditional styling is no easier than the other options..
An easy way out of this difficult situation – just don’t make corners and joints! Choose a flat area for laying the “hog”, for example, a straight kitchen apron or the surface around the sink in the bathroom. It is not necessary to decorate all walls with such tiles, without exception, let it be a bright design touch.
The most classic variety of shades of tiles that imitate brickwork is white. But designers consider it somewhat outdated and boring. Therefore, recently there have appeared many varieties of “hog” juicy, bright colors, which provide more room for creativity..
Remember that the “hog” tile is rather thick and therefore heavy. For it, you should properly prepare the surface, as for painting. In this case, the glue should be applied both to the wall and to the tile itself for greater reliability..
Another important point when laying “hog” tiles is that it does not tolerate too wide tile joints. The optimal gap between tiles should not exceed two millimeters, which further complicates the installation process.
Important! It is very difficult to install sockets and switches on a tile bevel, it turns out that they will simply sag over the uneven joints. Therefore, it is very important to calculate how the vertical and horizontal lines of the “hog”, tile patterns will be located in order to choose the best option for such important details.
Despite all the difficulties in laying, tiles that imitate brickwork are very popular. We are sure that the “hog”, or Metro, will have its loyal fans, because it is a durable and beautiful finishing material.