Frost-resistant stoneware slabs
Frost resistance is one of the properties of these stoneware slabs, that makes them ideal for outdoor environments, especially those that are humid and subject to considerable thermal shocks.
In general, this property is related to the amount of water a material is able to absorb naturally and to its inherent mechanical strength.
Water penetration into the pores of the material and its solidification leads to an increase in volume, which generates mechanical stress and creates cracks and damage to the material.
Stoneware slabs are frost-resistant because they are not adversely affected by water at temperatures below 0°C and therefore prevent damage due to stresses caused by the increase in volume of water through freezing.
From this point of view, the production technique, the absence of pores and the possible application of a glass fiber mat on the raw part of the sheet improve the surface, elasticity and stress-dampening capacity of the material.
Heat-resistant stoneware slabs
Interior design world is exploiting stoneware slabs in ways that were unthinkable until a few years ago. One of these is the realization of the invisible induction cooktop which was adopted not only for its aesthetic value, but also due to the fact that the porcelain slabs are heat-resistant.
This use is possible thanks to the material ability to withstand high temperatures, even up to 1200°C (as well as abrasions and scratches). Level Marmi large ceramic slabs are ideal for countertops and backsplashes of kitchens and bathrooms, as well as seamless floor and wall covering solutions and other outdoor elements.
Water resistance of large stoneware slabs
Finally, porcelain stoneware is an excellent choice for outdoor flooring and tiling of indoor surfaces in contact with water, such as the bathroom and kitchen. The water resistance of large stoneware slabs guarantees its effectiveness in any design environment.
The material ability to resist water, moisture and snow makes large stoneware slabs perfect in all those contexts where standing water and seepage can cause long-term damage and wear problems. Being waterproof stoneware slabs can be used for flooring swimming pools, terraces, balconies, gardens and any other outdoor areas exposed to moisture and weather, and for covering surfaces of damp and poorly ventilated indoor spaces (an excellent example are those from the Level Stone collection).
13 July 2023