Coming soon the new 20 mm thick (3/4 inches) porcelain slabs for outdoor installations. Learn how to cut them!
Most large producers of ceramic tiles including the Italian companies Del Conca, Mirage, Atlas Concorde and many others have recently launched a new type of very thick (more than 20 mm – 3/4 inches) porcelain tiles (or perhaps we should call them slabs due to their large format).
These thick porcelain slabs are particularly suitable for outdoor installations due to their stability, resistance to loads (can bear above 1000 kg) and resistance to atmospheric agents. There are several possible applications, such as paving of gardens, terraces, balconies, swimming pool surrounds, walkways or driveways. In public areas these slabs can be used in parks and beaches.
The 20 mm (3/4 inches) thick porcelain slabs are easy to install, re-position and remove, without the needed of any bricklaying work in case of dry installation, even when they are installed on sand or gravel. In case of uplifted laying of these slabs, by combining them with polypropylene bearing supports, there is the possibility to create an underneath covered space that can usefully host electrical, piping or irrigation systems. This is also a way to facilitate rainwater flow, with the possibility to inspect, at any time, what’s under the decking.
All these advantages are complemented by an outstanding aesthetic output, which further contributes to the appeal of this 20 mm thick porcelain stoneware.
We now turn onto the practical aspects, from the tiler’s point of view, since these tiles are extremely difficult to cut due to the mix between thickness and natural hardness of porcelain stoneware.
To solve the problems of cutting these thick porcelain tiles, Montolit has designed a tailored line of products. An example is the brand new TXH115 (4.5″) diamond blade, suitable for cutting very hard stoneware, including thick porcelain tiles. Thanks to a special composition and design of the balde’s diamond crown, it is able to cut easily and without the use of water, any type of 20 mm (3/4 inches) thick porcelain slabs such as Nat by Del Conca, Lastra 20 mm by Atlas Concorde or EVO_2/E by Mirage.