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How to choose and use large format ballasts?

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How to choose and use large format ballasts?

A very common question when building or renovating is about the use of large-format porcelain tiles and ballasts.. Although these pieces have already conquered their space in the market, many still have doubts when choosing one or the other. After all, what is the difference between these two models? And how to apply such a large piece in my space?

To answer these questions and help you choose, here are some questions that may arise on this subject.. And know that the possibilities of using porcelain tiles are many, and not just on floors and walls.



What is the difference between large formats and weights?

First of all, let's understand what differentiates one from the other. Large formats are products that have one side longer than 80cm and shorter than 180cm, as the 120x120cm format pieces, 60x120cm e 80x160cm.

Already the extra large, which are the lastras, are the coverings that have one side longer than 180cm, like the ones that measure 120x240cm.

Where to use each type of coating?

Large format pieces are widely used in environments such as bathrooms and kitchens., like carved sink, boxing niche, stand, beyond, Sure, floor and wall. Ballasts can also be used in the same places or larger spaces., like facades, headboards, television panels and playing the role of partitions, tables and doors.


How to transport such a giant?

Because they are special pieces, they need equally special care, therefore, must be handled by, not minimal, two people. To lift a ballast or large format, it is necessary to slowly lift the piece from the longest side, gripping both sides in a similar way..

It is recommended that, for handling, gloves and arm guards are used, like hoses. Each person must hold the piece with one hand at the end, and the other near the center of the piece. To make the work easier, suction cups are recommended, tools that guarantee greater safety during the handling of the part.


At work, it is recommended that the part be stored horizontally, with the base fully supported and protected by cardboard or styrofoam, or else vertically, supporting the long side of the plate on the base, protecting with styrofoam or wood.

laying tips

The surface on which the laying will take place must be well leveled. (a maximum deviation of 3mm is recommended when analyzed with a ruler 2 metros). The surface must also be free of residue., loose or low-resistance parts.

Attention: care so that the mortar beads are molded in the same direction on the part and in the place where the coating will be laid. Take care that the cords are directed towards the smaller side of the piece, allowing air to escape more easily..



Applying the mortar

Apply the mortar on the surface to be coated with the help of an 8mm notched trowel, obligatorily respecting the use of double gluing.



To level the applied part, the entire surface must be pressed with a trowel or using wood – which allow the white rubber hammer not to generate a very large point tension, damaging the parts. White rubber hammers are recommended for products with a polished finish.. If the rubber is black, the hammer must be wrapped with white cloth, dry and clean, to avoid rubber marks on the part.



To improve the quality of laying and installation, it is recommended to use floor levelers.


For indoor environments, it is recommended to use a 1mm gasket. For facades, the indication is 5mm. Care to invest in appropriate and efficient materials and the hiring of skilled labor is essential to guarantee the high performance and inherent qualities of each coating..



Discover all the advantages of large formats and weights:

Amplitude and sophistication for the environment: large pieces bring a sense of continuity, not just for the size, but also for the use of the minimum 1mm thick grout that brings the look of a single plane, with few seams.

Ease of cleaning: use only a damp cloth with mild soap to clean the surface of the parts.

aesthetic beauty: large pieces end up reducing the amount of cutouts and grout lines compared to a smaller format product, creating a more contemporary and minimalist environment.

High stain resistance, low water absorption, heat resistance: allow the use of different forms as in countertops, pias, vats and pools.Easy installation: because they are big plates, work application time becomes faster, in addition to the lower amount of grout used.

can't deny, as lastras and large formats are trends that are here to stay. Increasingly, the demand is for practical environments, imposing and elegant. And now that you've understood everything about the subject, can already bring this modernity to his work.

Here at Eliane you will find a complete portfolio of weights and large formats. you have the feeling of having a new piece of furniture and still avoiding unnecessary discards Catalogue to access all collections and releases in these formats.

Check out the difference between weights and large formats with the architect Renata Pocztaruk.

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