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Types of full-body technical porcelain

Before we take a look at all the different types of full-body technical porcelain, it’s a good idea to understand what this construction material actually is.

Full-body technical porcelain is a ceramic tile with a difference. It means the whole tile (from the face you can see through to each of the different layers) is made from the same raw material, making it extra resistant along with a host of other premium characteristics.

The two key differences (compared with porcelain stoneware floor tiles) are the material’s low level of water absorption (≤ 0.2%) and unglazed face.

These properties make it one of the most versatile, all-round ceramic products on the market. It can be used anywhere from homes to public spaces with high levels of pedestrian traffic or heavy loads (static or mobile). Full-body technical porcelain is aimed at the healthcare (hospitals, clinics, etc.) and educational sectors (universities, schools, etc.) in particular, as well as office, restaurant and hotel design, and more. The possibilities are endless.

Full-body technical porcelain withstands adverse weather conditions such as rain and humidity, intense pedestrian traffic, abrasion and falling objects, among others.

Bring any concept to life with full-body technical porcelain. Of course, certain collections will be more suitable than others, depending on the size and design.

Technical porcelain flooring formats

The most common technical porcelain formats are square or rectangular tiles, with dimensions ranging from 15 cm x 15 cm to 90 cm x 180 cm. The most common are 120 cm x 120 cm, 59.6 cm x 59.6 cm and 29.7 cm x 59.6 cm. The first two are recommended for use in larger spaces where you want to enhance the sense of space and continuity. Why? Mainly because there are fewer joints between the tiles due to their larger size. Logically, the fewer tiles you have, the fewer joints you’ll need.

The other two technical porcelain formats are mainly aimed at spaces with a smaller surface area, where you want to add more of a dynamic feel (more tiles, and more varied graphics).

If you’re looking for more of a uniform look, we advise using the same technical porcelain collection on both the floor and walls. A particularly popular option is to apply the square format for flooring, and rectangular format on the walls.

Plus, a number of special tiles are available in full-body technical porcelain such as technical tread tiles, skirtings and steps, which can be used to create infinite designs.

Garden paving

Non-slip (class 3) tiles can also be produced in full-body technical porcelain to pave outdoor terraces, gardens, swimming pool areas or public spaces like squares.  Non-slips ranges are recommended for any areas with high levels of pedestrian traffic which are susceptible to adverse weather conditions (heavy rain for example), to make them extra safe and prevent slips and falls.

Class 3 tiles are less porous, meaning they absorb less water and, therefore, remain in better condition over time.

What’s more, this uniform, resistant composite can be used for flooring systems such as raised access flooring or floating flooring for terraces. Both of these applications are well-suited to hotels. They offer a simple way to create a flat surface, without any gradient, and allow any accumulated water to drain away more effectively.

These flooring systems will also meet your technological needs, offering easy access and maintenance of cabling.

Full-body technical porcelain models

Yet another strong point of this material is its versatility, given the wide range of designs available – whether concrete, stone or marble-look.

The ceramic effect you go for will of course depend on the style of your space. Concrete-look technical porcelain is a popular choice for outdoor areas, as it conveys a sense of strength and resistance.

If you’re looking for a more neutral, timeless aesthetic, stone-inspired technical porcelain is a safe choice, and perfect for restaurant or shop design.

Meanwhile, if your space is in more of a classic style with solid furnishings and curved lines, marble flooring would be a great fit.

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