The performance of porcelain stoneware in outdoor cladding to guarantee the long life of the building.
The gluing of porcelain stoneware sheets directly on the external plaster ensures countless benefits for the building: protection against atmospheric agents of the primary structures prevents deterioration and related maintenance costs. The unchanging color, the low water absorption and the easy cleaning of ceramic external cladding also guarantee the duration over time of the face's aesthetic and technical characteristics.
Advantages of porcelain stoneware in outdoor cladding:
- unchanging color
- low water absorption
- easy cleaning
Architectural project use large size porcelain stoneware sheets more and more. Florim Solutions provides systems that support traditional gluing in order to guarantee a better seal of the system over time.
To secure the ceramic façade to the masonry structure, in addition to the glue, special mechanical seal elements are applied. These systems lower the risk of falling due to any inefficiencies of the chemical anchoring action.
Florim Solutions has tested various types of visible and concealed mechanical connections capable of making the system safer. These systems significantly improve tear resistance without complicating the installation phase.
Types of connection
KERFIX FS, CONCEALED MECHANICAL CONNECTION
With the Kerfix FS system, a stainless steel 0.5 mm hook is inserted on the back of the sheet prepared through appropriate cutting. The hook is designed to allow the sheet to be positioned by using glue and then mechanically fixed using anchors. The upper part of the hook is covered and therefore concealed by the next ceramic slab. The stainless steel hook comes already assembled to the back of the sheet in order to guarantee the quickest possible installation.
For sheets with a side up to 60 cm, we recommend inserting one hook, whereas for sizes between 90 cm and 120 cm, we recommend 2 hooks about 40 cm from one another.
EDGEFIX FS: CONCEALED MECHANICAL CONNECTION
The EdgeFix FS system provides pointed cuts on the edge of the sheet where the hook that is mechanically fixed to the wall is secured. Once the joints are grouted, the retaining hook is concealed behind the jointing. Each hook works on two sheets and for sheets with a side up to 60 cm, we recommend inserting 1 EdgeFix FS per horizontal side, whereas for sizes between 90 cm and 120 cm, we recommend 2 hooks about 40 cm from one another.
CLIPFIX FS: VISIBLE MECHANICAL CONNECTION
This consists in anchoring sheets using stainless steel clips secured deep in the wall with anchors. Depending on the designer's aesthetic choices, the clips can be left in their original steel color or they can be painted to match the ceramic in order to make them visible only on a close look. Each clip works on two sheets and for sizes up to 60 cm, we recommend inserting one clip per horizontal side, whereas for sizes between 90 cm and 120 cm, we recommend 2 hooks about 40 cm from one another. The choice of placing the retaining hooks at the four corners of the sheets is solely an aesthetic choice.