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Large-format porcelain stoneware is a versatile modern material used outside and indoors for surface finishing, for ventilated facades of buildings, furniture facades and the manufacture of kitchen countertops.
The largest volumes of this material are used for finishing floors and walls, replacing natural stone and preserving it for future generations.
Large-format porcelain stoneware has its niche in the world market, competing mainly with natural stone. In the countertop market, the material has a small niche in the Premium segment.
The material is relatively young and presented in the Russian market of very different quality.
Leading manufacturers give their name to the created material in order to stand out from the huge mass of cheaper products.
The world leader in innovation, trend creation and quality is Inalco (Spain) - MDi material.
The expensive segment of the market includes the brands Neolith (Sintered stone material), Dekton (Technical Ultracompact Stone material).
Italian manufacturers, as a rule, call their material - porcelain stoneware.
When selecting large-format porcelain stoneware, it is important to choose a high-quality manufacturer of materials from the world leaders. The use of cheap and low-quality porcelain stoneware is impractical due to the discrepancy between the declared characteristics and the actual problems in the production of products and in operation.
Also, when processing the material, it is important to contact a certified processor, since processing requires special expensive equipment, special equipment and experienced personnel trained by factory representatives.
Predictable in pattern in a large number of slabs.
It is possible to apply a drawing according to the client's sketch.
The price of the material is lower than that of expensive natural stone breeds.
The layer thickness and weight when used on facades, when finishing walls and floors, compared with natural stone, allows you to reduce the load on walls and ceilings.
The material is resistant to high temperatures, ultraviolet and aggressive environments.
Composition and production:
Large-format porcelain stoneware is a compound of quartz, feldspar, silica and other elements. Each factory has its own formula, which is kept secret. All factories are united by the use in manufacture of a press with a pressure of up to 25,000 tons per slab, printing and baking temperature up to 1200 °C.
The material differs in terms of the perfection of design, drawing, the quality of the ingredients used, the actual characteristics of the finished slabs.
The material is produced in slabs mainly 1600x3200mm in size.
Thickness 4, 6, 12, 20 mm.
The most popular and appropriate size for countertops is 12 mm.
For finishing walls and floors 6 mm.
For facades of kitchens and cabinets of 4 mm (with and without mesh on the back surface).