Ceramic laminate tile is the trade name of a new type of ceramic product defined in the UNE 138002 standard as “ceramic tiles that are very thin (3-6 mm) with respect to the rest of the dimensions (generally lengths of up to 3,600 mm and widths between 900 and 1,500 mm) with very low capacity for water absorption (<0.5%).”
In the case of Absolut ceramic laminate tile, the dimensions of the base format are 2,600 x 1,200 x 6 mm. With this ceramic laminate tile format, Absolut offers a highly versatile and balanced alternative in terms of technical characteristics and appearance on the one hand, and handling and fitting on the other. Each item has a unit surface area of 3.12 m2 and an approximate weight of 44 kg per unit.
In the case of Absolut, it comes as 120 x 260 x 6 and 120 x 120 x 9 tiles. Here we must differentiate between the two since although the 120 x 260 x 6 laminate tiles have technical features that allow them to be laid as floor tiles, Argenta suggests they should be used as wall tiles. We advise 120 x 120 x 9 mm for floor tiles.
The combination of dimensional characteristics in Absolut ceramic laminate tile and the variety of options for surface finishes and appearance it provides make it a highly appropriate product for a wide range of uses and purposes. From the most common uses of ceramics in building renovation and interior design, through use in buildings and spaces for collective or public use (shops, offices, hotels, corporate buildings, etc.) to cladding on both tiled and double-skin façades of residential public buildings, or in other kinds of construction and decorative situations. Ceramic laminate tile can be used to cover doors, tables, bathroom fittings, kitchen worktops, etc.
This type of product is well-established in the market as an option for covering floors, walls, ceilings and other innovative uses. However, due to its specific features, it requires knowledge of the product’s characteristics, its main advantages and its limits, as well as technical training in order to correctly market it and advise on its use.
Due to its dimensions, thickness and lightness, it is an innovative and highly versatile material. It has the same technical features as traditional stoneware tiles and can be fitted in the same places as ceramic, glass or wood is used, both indoors and outdoors.
Fitting and installing Absolut ceramic laminate tiles is a process that must be advised, designed and performed based on all of the factors involved in the system, from preparation of the supports, correct selection and suggestion of materials, to fitting and final delivery.
Below are some general recommendations to take into account to correctly fit Absolut laminate tiles. These recommendations are based on the requirements stipulated by the UNE 138002 standard – General rules for fitting ceramic tiles.
The same adhesion fitting technology as is used for traditional ceramic tiles is used for Absolut ceramic laminate tiles. However, it is a highly versatile material that, due to its dimensions, its format and its thickness, must be worked with in a specific way with regard to the use of tools and special machinery, transport, handling, cutting, drilling and the installation process.
You should always read the manufacturer’s recommendations and the data sheets for all of the products and materials used. It is also recommended to have qualified professional tilers who have the right equipment and have experience in these kinds of materials to perform projects with the necessary quality and ensure the best end result in terms of technical features and appearance.