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Glazed tiles are covered with a layer of coloured glass that gives colour, brilliance, hardness and water-proofing to them.
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Ceramic tiles obtained via pressing, with low porosity and made of a bright mix that can be uniformly coloured or shaded using powder mixes and grains of different sizes.
The composition of the mix is very similar to that of vitreous china but raw materials are selected in order to contain the minimum percentage of iron oxides. The mix is pressed, with specific loads higher than 50% compared to vitreous china. The firing cycles lasts less than one hour at a temperature of 1400°C.
Tiles can then be polished, before or after their installation, in order to enhance their aesthetics.
It is resistant to frost, to acids and bases and has an excellent mechanical resistance.
• TECHNICAL PORCELAIN STONEWARE
The most sophisticated single-load and double-load pressing techniques for processing atomised and micronised powders are used to manufacture products with high technical standards.
Their high technical performances allow them to be used in architectural projects.
• COLOURED-IN BODY PORCELAIN STONEWARE
The random mixing of atomised and micronised powders creates aesthetic effects in the ceramic body, further enhanced by surface applications protected by transparent crystalline.
Their attractive appearance and technical performances make these products suitable for residential and light commercial use.
• GLAZED PORCELAIN STONEWARE
The application of a layer of glaze on the porcelain stoneware body makes the product elegant and extremely easy to clean.
These materials are particularly suitable for residential use.
The term Grip refers to a type of surface finish of Atlas Concorde porcelain stoneware characterised by a high slip resistance that makes it suitable for outdoor application.
The distance separating adjacent tiles during installation.
The grout line allows floors to have natural subsidence due to structural movements, moisture and thermal shock.
See also: thermal expansion; moisture expansion.
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