How do I locate Apavisa products?
You can of course visit any Apavisa dealer. Besides, the Product Section in this website allows you to see all collections and elements within it. There is also a search engine where you can find any product by a criteria selection.
How do I get an Apavisa catalogue?
All Apavisa catalogues can be downloaded from this website in pdf format. You need to install Acrobat Reader, which is available freeware in the Internet.
What is a Technical Porcelain Tile?
Instead of glazing the surface of the porcelain body, like other manufacturers do in order to reach the surface finish, the Apavisa product has the same composition throughout, reaching highly superior technical features since it is not conditioned by the resistance degree of the previously mentioned glazed layer.
What are the advantages of the Apavisa Porcelain Tiles over the Natural Stone?
Compared with Natural Stone, Apavisa Porcelain Tiles require almost no maintenance. Water absorption is almost zero (+/- 0,1%) and Natural Stone absorbs between 0.11% and 0.46%. Apavisa Porcelain has also a higher bending resistance, 61 Nw/mm2 against Natural Stone which is 14.8 Nw/mm2.
Where can I use Apavisa Porcelain Tiles?
As demonstrated by massive number of commercial projects Worldwide, Porcelain tiles are adequate for all kind of rooms and constructions. From heavy traffic areas, like airports, office buildings, shopping centers or train stations to particular houses, façades or any other project that requires high technical features and high aesthetical level.
Which dimensions are available from Apavisa?
Apavisa offers a wide range of sizes that can be checked in this website. There are sizes from 2.5×2.5 cm with a mesh incorporated for easier fixing to the newest size 60×120 cm, which is technologically avant-garde. Other remarkable sizes are 30×60 cm and 60×60 cm, which are basic in order to modulate any project.
How do Apavisa Porcelain Tiles modulate?
The single calibre edge cutting system used on all Apavisa products facilitates the modulation of all sizes. It is a crucial feature required for both architectural and design activities of projects as well as for the tile fixing. It allows the use of available dimensions to create infinite designs during installation.
How do I clean the Apavisa Porcelain Tiles after fixing them?
Use diluted acidic products that do not cause environmental oxidation. If the “porcelain brownstone” shows installation stains, wash with a basic product and abundant water. When using water with high calcium content, dry the surface to avoid deposits which can dull the glazed surface shine.
Do Apavisa Porcelain Tiles need maintenance?
Cleaning of “porcelain brownstone” should be done in the same way as window washing. Ammonia as well as bleach products may be used. Both should be very well diluted in water. When using water with high calcium content, dry the surface to avoid deposits.
How do we prepare the setting base?
The setting base or support must be dry, flat and of the proper consistency. All dust, grease, oil, etc., should be removed beforehand.
Which tile adhesives should we use?
Setting is carried out using the thin-bed method. Use adhesives which have a cement base with synthetic resins. Their flexibility makes such adhesives ideal for a perfect setting.
How do we install Apavisa Porcelain Tiles?
For pieces larger than 30 x 30 cm, use the double stick (buttering floating) technique, combing the adhesive on the substrate and spreading a fine layer on the backside of the tile, assuring that it is completely covered. This practice is essential for setting in exteriors.
For setting bases which vary from the norm and demand specific settings, use suitable adhesives, following the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Which tiling joints do we have to consider?
Setting joints are always left open, with adequate spacing, according to the shape of the tile. High quality grout material should by used. Do not employ common white cement, since it does not provide adequate adhesion and is also highly porous. Respect the perimeter joints while anticipating expansion joints in Interiors (stretches of 5 x 5 metres) and in Exteriors (stretches of 3 x 3 metres).