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Ceramic façades in Portugal - conservation issues

Title: Ceramic façades in Portugal - conservation issues
Author(s): A.L. Velosa, M.R. Veiga
Paper category : conference
Book title: 2nd Conference on Historic Mortars - HMC 2010 and RILEM TC 203-RHM final workshop
Editor(s): J. Válek, C. Groot and J.J. Hughes
Print-ISBN: None
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-112-4
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2010
Pages: 805 - 812
Total Pages: 8
Nb references: 7
Language: English

Abstract: The use of glazed tiles on external façades became popular in Portugal in the 19th Century in a trend that was shared with Brazil. Nowadays the use of this material in external walls, providing colouring and texture, is a definite mark of Portuguese heritage. Many city centres have diverse patterns that were produced in several industrial sites, located throughout the country. The city of Ovar, with a small city centre is considered an open air Glazed Ceramic Tile Museum due to the diversity of patterns that it presents. Ceramic façades are often in a degraded state and many times, are not intervened accordingly, resulting in the total removal of ceramics and replacement by other types of external cladding. However, a few studies centred in the city of Ovar, together with the work of the city council towards the preservation of these buildings, have shed some light into the path that needs to be treaded. Ceramic tiles are usually placed with an air lime mortar and traditionally, there are no joints. Occasionally, small joints are filled with mortar with very fine stone powder. The main problems found in these façades are detachment due to the action of water or to differential behaviour of materials and loss of glaze in the tiles. Conservation actions have been performed replacing old tiles by replicas and the use of air lime mortars has been continued. However, the need to improve the process has brought about some issues: replicas and ancient tiles are very different and have a different behaviour, without joints, air lime mortars will have difficulty in hardening. Due to these issues, several tests have been performed on old façades, old tiles and old mortars and compared with areas that have been intervened and with new tiles and specifically designed mortars. This paper intends to present the specific problems related to the conservation of these façades and to create the basis for possible solutions.

Online publication: 2010-10-25
Publication type : full_text
Public price (Euros): 0.00

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