Ceramic laminate tiles weigh just 14 kg/m2, so a higher amount of surface area can be transported in the same volume.
The manufacturer’s instructions concerning transport must be followed. Ceramic laminate tile is supplied on pallets with 24 units stacked horizontally. Up to a maximum of 6 pallets can be stacked, which allows a total of 12 pallets per container. That is the equivalent of a surface area of 898.56 m2 of ceramic laminate tile with a net weight of just 12,580 kg
For loading, transport and unloading with a forklift or pallet jack manual, the forks must be inserted to a minimum length of 1.3 m with a minimum separation of 80 cm, through the longest side. If the pallet is raised for loading into the container through the short side, there must be a minimum separation of 80 cm and forks 2.5 m long must be used.
During loading and unloading it is necessary to prevent knocks and sharp movements that could have a negative effect. Due to its dimensions, care must be taken to ensure that the transport conditions for ceramic laminate tile are appropriate in order to prevent possible tension and future breakage. It is thus recommendable to provide information about the contents of the pallets and give the relevant instructions.
Following delivery and stockpiling of the materials on the site, they must be correctly stored and distributed among floors or work units before installation. .
The location of the pallets must be studied so they can be located as close as possible to the surface on which they are to be fitted with enough space for handling.
Once the ceramic laminate tiles have been removed from the factory packaging, it is recommended (especially for polished tiles) to place them vertically on the ground, standing on the longest side, at an angle of 30º in relation to the wall.
To protect the edges and corners of the ceramic tiles, we recommend placing a non-slip, soft material between the floor and the units.
It is also possible to store them horizontally. In that case you must make sure that the support base is completely flat and that the surface of all the tiles is completely clean so the unit’s surface is not affected.
Due to their size and thickness, ceramic laminate tiles must be handled with special care. They can be handled manually or with suction cups for glass or ceramic or frames with suction cups to do it more safely.
Non-slip protective gloves for glass and safety footwear must be worn when handling ceramic laminate tiles. You must keep your spine straight while working.
If the ceramic laminate tile comes in a format larger than 1 m2, it must be handled by teams of at least two fitters.
The laminate tile must be lifted by slightly raising one of the two long sides so you can grip it with your hands. The laminate tile must then be placed vertically by always keeping it straight and supported on the edge of the long side.
When the laminate tile is vertical, it must be lifted by holding it on the upper edge and keeping it constantly straight while moving.
In order to support the laminate tile on a flat surface, the edge of a long side of the tile must first be supported with care. Then a second person must hold the middle of the laminate tile with arms outstretched. The tile must then be gently supported on the flat surface.
When carrying and handling ceramic laminate tiles on site, we recommend using frames developed for that purpose that have a structure with suction cups to make it easier to handle the ceramic laminate tile more safely.
When these kinds of tools or individual suction cups are used, we recommend carrying out prior tests and verifying that no stains are left on the surface of the ceramic laminate tile from the suction cup materials.