by Sara Costi
Thanks to its excellent technical performance, porcelain stoneware is now one of the most widely used materials for tiling floors and walls, both indoor and outdoor, in a variety of project areas that range from residential settings to commercial environments and public buildings.
Porcelain stoneware is resistant, inalterable over time and in all weathers, frost-resistant, non-absorbent, inert and fireproof. Made exclusively from natural raw materials and free from plastic and harmful substances, it is completely recyclable and eco-sustainable, resistant to chemicals, stains, wear and tear, abrasion and all kinds of external stress. In addition, thanks to Bios Ceramics technology, porcelain stoneware is also antibacterial, self-cleaning and able to reduce pollutants.
So there are many variables to consider when choosing to lay such a versatile material. First of all, it’s important to understand whether the tiles are to be laid indoors or outdoors, on floors or walls, and the mood we’re seeking to bring to the project. Not all products with the same performance are equally suitable, and a number of considerations are necessary to ensure the architectural intervention is in keeping with the style we’re seeking to give a setting.
The natural, glossy or polished, lapped or satin-finish and anti-slip surfaces for outdoors thus join the large variety of textures with a marble, stone, wood, concrete or metal effect, to design spaces with a rustic, country, classic, modern or minimalist flavour, or in Scandinavian, cosy, shabby chic, japandi, wabi-sabi, vintage, retro or Provençal style.