The annual ceramic big slab installation Production in Italy is around 400 million sq. m, and more than 80% of it is made by the province of Modena. A third of them are large-sized tiles or in other words, tiles that have sided more than 60 centimeters. The latest hi-tech high-end products comprise ceramic slabs that measure up to 120×360 cm or 160×320 cm, and with thicknesses that range from 3 millimeters to 20 millimeters, this is a market segment which is growing in size and share of all major markets.
Training is vital to install these new products since they are quite different from conventional tiles and require the use of specific equipment and processes. There are courses organized for XXL slab layers i.e. professional tile layers who specialize in the construction of huge tiles and slabs of ceramic.
Things to Know About the installation of slabs
If you are getting ready to work with huge slabs professional installer, It is crucial, to begin with, a thorough examination of the area to verify the information on the project and most of all, prepare the needed workspaces. Collaboration among the architects as well as the tile layer as well as Site Manager is vital. The total size of the tiles should be considered especially if the construction site is situated near a historic town center or like on the mezzanine level of an existing building.
Ceramic slabs are shipped out of the factory in special wooden crates that are then unloaded with special cranes or trucks with long forks.
Once the container is opened and then evaluating the authenticity and quality of the product are The next step is to begin the handling. A slab 11mm thick weighs approximately 80 kg and needs to be carried by a group of people on an appropriate trolley. Then, it is transferred to the appropriate floor with a frame that has suction cups.
Adequate space for logistics must be prepared in the space in which the slabs will be placed. After drawing the layout for installation the slabs must be cut.
This can be accomplished with an ad-hoc tile cutter equipped with guides and pliers or with one that is water-cooled. To cut circular holes to accommodate plumbing diamond hole saws with different diameters are employed to make an electrical square hole systems, circular holes need to first be cut in every corner.
After laying the ceramic slab in place, the adhesive is applied to the surface and the rear of the slab to guarantee the perfect fit without air gaps. After the slab has been positioned on the floor, a tile vibrator can be employed to aid in the release of air trapped.
Spacers for leveling are then placed (the minimum joint needed according to standards is 2 millimeters) and should be put in place for approximately 24 hours before removal to let the adhesive fully cure. The last procedure is to grout and clean the surface.
Special slab installer is also great to be used as kitchen countertops and islands where it is then cut to 45 deg by using special tools. The paper tape is used to ensure the perfect alignment of each section.
A ceramic slab is a great option as a covering for any surface, creating an attractive, durable safe and healthy environment. Large slabs can be used for a variety of applications such as exterior facades of buildings to floors for outdoor and indoor areas for commercial and residential areas. Ceramic slab is a durable and durable product if the installation is done by an experienced and trained professional.
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