- 01 Destinations of use
- 02 Installation of ceramic tiles
- 03 Maintenance and CLEANING of ceramic tiles
- 05 ACTA Ventilated Facades
- 06 ACTA Raised Floors
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01 Destinations of use
On what kind of surfaces can POLISHDE and HONED porcelain stoneware tiles be installed?
Polished and honed porcelain stoneware tiles can be installed on indoor floors and as a wall cladding in indoor and outdoor areas.
Can POLISHED and HONED porcelain stoneware tiles be installed in COMMERCIAL venues?
Yes, if the area does not require special anti-slip features.
On what kind of surfaces can COLOURED IN BODY porcelain stoneware tiles be installed?
Coloured in body porcelain stoneware tiles can be installed in residential and light-commercial destinations. Examples of light commercial venues are restaurants, showrooms, boutiques, etc.
On what kind of surfaces can WHITE BODY TILES be installed?
White body tiles can only be used as a wall cladding in indoor areas.
Can white body mosaic tiles be installed in SWIMMING POOLS and SHOWERS?
White body mosaics tiles can be installed in showers provided that the adequate inclination is present and that the ceramic material will never be completely submerged by the water.
Atlas Concorde recommends not installing white body mosaics tiles in swimming-pools. For this kind of application, other non-mosaic Atlas Concorde tiles are more suitable.
Is it possible to use GLASZED porcelain stoneware tiles for OUTDOOR flooring?
Atlas Concorde offers a wide range of outdoor finishes able to satisfy aesthetic and technical needs for this type of application.
As a general rule, the use of glazed porcelain stoneware for outdoor flooring is not recommended as (other than tiles with the GRIP finish) this type of product does not have the suitable anti-slip requirements to guarantee the safety.
Is it possible to install COLOURED IN BODY or TECHNICAL porcelain stoneware as OUTDOOR flooring?
For the application as outdoor floors, Atlas Concorde recommends products coloured in body or technical porcelain stoneware with Textured or GRIP finish that meet (except for specific laws and regulations) the R10 coefficient in compliance with DIN 51130 standard (for covered external areas) and R11 in accordance with the same standard (for not-covered external areas).
What type of porcelain stoneware tiles are recommended for large-scale architecture projects?
For large-scale projects subject with high traffic, Atlas Concorde recommends the use of technical porcelain stoneware collections or coloured in body porcelain stoneware.
Is it possible to use COLOURED IN BODY or TECHNICAL porcelain stoneware on CARRIAGEABLE surfaces?
Any type of porcelain stoneware can be suitable for carriageable surfaces provided that it is installed on a substrate planned using the “double spreading” (or “back-buttering”) technique, which means spreading the adhesive both on the substrate and on the rear of the tile surface.
This ensures that the rear side of the tile is completely wet and with no gaps between the ceramic material and the substrate, as this type of gap can lead to the tile breaking in the case of shock and/or concentrated loads.
Can I be sure that Atlas Concorde ceramic tiles are NOT A HEALTH HAZARD especially in areas dedicated to CHILDREN?
Atlas Concorde ceramic tiles are safe and eco-friendly products.
They are manufactured using natural raw materials (feldspars, sand and clay) and the production process meets the hygiene and health standards of the most stringent rules and regulations. Regardless of the chemical composition of a ceramic tile surface, the high temperature firing cycle prevents any transfer of hazardous substances into the tiles. All chemical elements present in the material are combined with stable and insoluble compounds and therefore set into a compact and inert structure that, during normal conditions of use, prevents the transfer and dispersion of metals contained in ceramic glazes.
Atlas Concorde states with confidence that ceramic tiles can be used in any kind of space, even in children’s bedrooms.
And what about areas designated for the production and manufacturing of FOOD?
In areas where ceramic surfaces will come into contact with food (kitchen tops, food industries, etc.), and for glazed tiles only, it is necessary to check for the release of metals (lead and cadmium) in accordance with the procedures set out in ISO 10545-15 test method that consists in the measurement of the amount of lead and cadmium released by the ceramic surface following contact with an acid solution (acetic acid). A glazed ceramic tile can be considered suitable for contact with food if the amount of lead and cadmium is lower than 0.8mg/dm² and 0.07mg/dm² respectively in full compliance with the Ministerial Decree dated 1 February 2007 (amendment to the Ministerial Decree dated 4 April 1985) and with the (CE) n.1935/2004 regulation.
Atlas Concorde glazed ceramic tiles (porcelain stoneware, white body tiles, mosaic 10×10, single firing) meet these requirements so are suitable for this destination of use.
What are the hygiene features of ceramic tiles and how do ceramic tiles interact with the hazardous substances present in the environment?
The environment contains substances that can be hazardous to health (powders, pollens, bacteria, germs, pathogens); these substances can accumulate and be retained by some surfaces or objects, such as carpets. The contamination of indoor areas can be determined and increased by poor cleaning and sanitation of the surfaces (including walls and floors).
Thanks to their compactness, hardness and poor absorption, porcelain stoneware tiles can resist energetic cleaning processes and permit the best possible hygiene in an easy and quick way, thus minimizing the risk of coming into contact with substances that are hazardous to health.
Ceramic tiles are often used in KITCHENS, but what is their resistance to FIRE?
The fire resistance of building materials is determined according to three criteria:
• Resistance to the destructive action of flames;
• Likelihood that they contribute to the spreading of flames;
• Emission of fumes and toxic substances.
Thanks to their incombustibility flame inhibition, ceramic tiles are fire preventive as, within certain limits, they can reduce the damage produced by fire. Immune to fire, they do not release fumes or toxic gases, they are resistant to stains caused by cigarettes.
The CE marking and fire resistance guidelines classify Atlas Concorde ceramic tiles as belonging in the A1 class for wall tiles and class A1fl for floors (no contribution to flame spreading): this means that, in accordance with the 96/60/CE regulation and subsequent amendments, no laboratory tests are required.
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