All the qualities of modern porcelain stoneware
Choosing porcelain stoneware for the floors and walls of your home is very often an excellent decision, ideal from various points of view. After years when it seemed impossible to opt for materials other than wood, marble and small-size ceramic tiles, deeply embedded in the residential building tradition, stoneware has gradually broken into the market, offering new visual effects and leading-edge technological characteristics.
Modern porcelain stoneware proudly lays claim to performances able to meet a variety of needs. Its most important qualities are:
- high mechanical strength, meaning that it is not broken or damaged by knocks, chemicals or the weather, with positive implications in terms of durability, value for money and sustainability
- versatility in installation and a virtually infinite choice of colors, textures and sizes
- easy cleaning and care, with the possibility of virtually 100% sanitisation
Now let’s take a detailed look at each of these positive aspects of porcelain stoneware, to build up a checklist of reference for any future project for the real application of this invaluable modern material.
Modern porcelain stoneware, perfect combination of beauty, strength and durability
Very often, porcelain stoneware is chosen for the floors of the home for practical reasons, and above all due to the commonly held belief that it is a virtually indestructible material. This idea is actually quite true, since nowadays stoneware is the perfect choice for anyone who, once their floor has been installed, wishes to enjoy its attractive appearance without having to undertake frequent maintenance or replacement works.
Stoneware, produced using state-of-the-art industrial techniques in plants equipped with the very latest machinery, is sold in slabs of various sizes, ranging from small size tiles to large pieces (in Ragno’s case up to 120×278), which may vary in thickness depending on requirements and the place of installation: the assortment runs from very thin stoneware, which can also easily be applied on walls, to the type 20 millimetres thick, perfect for floating installation and dry laying on grass, gravel and sand.
Both indoors and outdoors, stoneware guarantees excellent performances in terms of strength, provided a few precautions are taken during installation:
- the joints between slabs (even rectified ones) must be at least 2 millimetres wide, to avoid breakages around the edges in case of small shifts in position
- the installation substrate must be perfectly flat, firm and continuous, to provide good support for installation of the flooring
- after installation, porcelain stoneware must be thoroughly cleaned with specific detergents which ensure the complete removal of any construction site residues and thus protect the surface from the subsequent appearance of stains and smears