Are You Laying Tiles in your Aquarius Balcony?
Many residents would like to have tiles in their Aquarius Balconies. The waterproof finish contracted by the Association is a regular grey material.
So, what do you need to do to have your balcony with the tiles of your choice?
1 -Have your option known and registered at the Management Office. The South Tower registration is closed. The North Tower did not open yet.
2 -There is a fee of $.50 (fifty cents) per square foot of the balcony. This fee is charged by the General Contractor Structural Preservation Systems to cover expenses of the water proofing material. This polimer is not the same that is applied in the non-tiles balconies.
3 -Purchase the tiles of your choice. Please note that the tiles must be for exterior and non slippery. The size and color of the tiles is your choice. The tiles may not be thicker than 3/8 of an inch or 9.5 mm.
4 -How much tile is needed? Balconies’ tiles need no less that 15% of additional tiles for cuts, breakdown, etc.
Lines 1 and 4: 223.5 sq ft or 20.76 sq m (buy at least 260sq ft)
Lines 2, 3, 6 & 7: 111 sq ft or 10.31 sq m (buy at least 130 sq ft)
Lines 5 & 8: 243 sq ft of 22.5 sq m (buy at least 280 sq ft)
Here you will find the procedures for tile installation as given by the construction engineer Hillman. Please note the NOA/Miami specifications have been relaxed by the engineer as observed above size and thickness of tile. All other recommendations by the product maker SIKA, must be followed so the guaranty of the waterproof is not voided.
There are also instructions to install the tiles with diagrams provided by Hillman. Please make copies of both documents for your installer to follow them with all details. The links to download the instructions are also at the bottom of this post. Diagram 1 Diagram 2
5 – Please hire a reputable tiles installer. The installer must present: valid license, workingmen’s compensation and general liabilities insurance policies.
6 – A City of Hollywood tiles installation permit is not needed.
7 – The Aquarius Condo. Association requires pre approval of the work. All documentation must be on file before work start.
8 – There are some ancillary documents such as an affidavit regarding the warranty that the Management Office will be glad to supply.
9 – After the balcony is given back for your use you have 90 days to complete the laying out of the tiles. After that the SIKA material may lose its waterproofing capabilities what would void the warranty.
Easy? Maybe not, but following these procedures may assure the balconies last a long, long time.
- Hillman Letter of Nov. 16 with NOA/MIAMI and SIKA installation recommendations 2017 11 16 Tile Procedure
2. Balcony Tile Layout – Hillman Engineering Specifications 1 2018 02 02 Balcony Tile Layout Hillman
3. Balcony Tile Layout – Hillman Engineering Specifications 2 2018 02 02 Balcony Tile Layout rend-Hillman