Porcelain stoneware, advice on use as a floor covering
By combining the different processes, the raw materials used, the different formats and the aesthetic decorations, it is possible to obtain the most varied types of stoneware tiles that will be suitable for the most diverse uses.
Solid-coloured, fine-grained or coarse-grained porcelain stoneware -> garages, workshops, cellars
These are the first stoneware tiles to arrive on the market: they are dyed in the mass, using coloured clays. Extremely simple, they can be combined with each other to create multicoloured bathrooms, or glossy and matt surfaces can be combined. At the moment they are not in great demand in the residential sector, but there is still a demand for them in environments where excellent mechanical resistance combined with a simple and linear aesthetic is required. These products are usually available in high thicknesses, from 12 to 20 millimetres, for customers who are more interested in high mechanical resistance than in aesthetics: machine shops, garages, chemical laboratories, dairies or slaughterhouses, floors in wine cellars... this type of stoneware is perfect for these technical uses.
But porcelain stoneware is also emerging as an alternative to wooden floors: here too, the large sizes, the "table" format and the digital graphics make it possible to obtain extremely realistic products.
If we consider that stoneware is characterised by total indifference to humidity, greater resistance to scratching and wear and a lower price compared to parquet, it is easy to understand why stoneware flooring has "stolen" a good slice of the market even from parquet flooring. Due to its technical characteristics, this product is not only suitable for residential use but also for hotel and bed & breakfast rooms. Wood-effect porcelain stoneware is also used to floor shops where a warm, natural atmosphere is required, but with the strength and durability of stoneware.
Stone effect porcelain stoneware -> outdoor floors, hotel wellness centres, rustic environments, kitchen tops, cellars
Recent innovations, especially digital decoration technology, allow stoneware to perfectly imitate slates and stones with a natural split surface. Stoneware tiles become an alternative and a competitor to these stone materials. The lower price and non-absorbency are important weapons that allow stoneware to grow at the expense of natural materials. The larger formats also make it a formidable competitor for bathroom tops or kitchen countertops, where it is stealing market share from marble producers. The natural appearance of stone makes it perfect for use in spas or wellness centres, both professional and domestic, as well as for creating bathrooms with a reassuring "zen" look. Stone-effect porcelain stoneware is also suitable, in the non-slip version, for outdoor use.
Fabric effect porcelain stoneware -> bedrooms, bathroom floors
Fabric effect porcelain stoneware is a product that imitates carpet or other types of fabric, even with "plaid" or other types of decoration. The digital decoration is so realistic that when you walk on these tiles you expect them to be soft and to sink with your foot. Fabric effect stoneware flooring is an excellent alternative to wood in bedrooms or the entire night area and is also pleasant as a bathroom floor in the night area.
A very up-to-date product is cement-effect porcelain stoneware: tiles, usually of large format, which look like smooth concrete floors. In some cases even with the formwork effect, i.e. with the marks of the reinforcement boards in the walls. Other stoneware tiles imitate old, ruined cement with marks, scratches and abrasions. Others reproduce the stains and wear of a concrete floor in a machine shop. Depending on whether cement-effect stoneware is monochrome or more "industrial/brutalist", it can be used in different contexts: modern homes with minimalist furnishings, trendy shops, industrial-style restaurants, etc.
Resin-effect stoneware -> minimalist homes, shop walls, ventilated facades
Resin-effect stoneware imitates the resinisation of a vertical or horizontal surface. The tiles show the typical marks of the operator's trowel action. The most common colours for these products are almost all neutral colours ranging from light grey to dove grey to darker greys. In this case too, our customers prefer large formats because there are fewer joints.
Metal effect stoneware -> offices of mechanical engineering companies, modern bathrooms, young clothing shops
Another popular product is stoneware imitating metal, which is also usually sold in large sizes and imitates steel, rusty iron (corten effect) or copper. We offer them not only as floor tiles but also as wall tiles in modern bathrooms.