Dural’s Cross Joints are a new, innovative solution for creating a four-way junction. They are pre-formed joints which are simply placed over the junction in the subfloor and in-line with the surface movement joints. Anchored in the adhesive bed, the Cross Joints are then installed using the same procedure that standard movement joints are fitted with.
The Cross Joints allow movement accommodation in all directions simultaneously. They absorb the stresses created by vertical movement from expansion and contraction across the four surface areas at the junction. This means the stresses and subfloor movement are not transferred into the surface tiles, preventing cracks, loose tiles and ‘tenting’ or ‘popping’ of the tiles.
The benefits to installers include a much faster and easier installation compared to traditional methods where they would have to cut away the fixing legs of the crossing joints, which was very labour intensive. They are now able to complete installations in minutes, meaning they save time and money.
Architects and Designers will benefit from incorporating Cross Joints into their build projects, as it means they will have confidence in designing seamless tiled flooring that has high aesthetic qualities, that is fit for the purpose intended, and importantly exceeds requirements BS5385 for hard flooring applications.
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