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Porcelain Stoneware

Features and benefits

A single material: porcelain stoneware.

Porcelain stoneware is a compact, resistant material with virtually nil porosity (and therefore absorbs almost no water).

The outstanding feature of porcelain stoneware slabs is their composition. Only the purest materials are used, with minerals, kaolin, feldspars and clay making up 99% of each individual slab, while colours from natural sources complete the aesthetic effect.No glues or resins are used to compact the slabs. To make the material even and compact, it is mechanically pressed at a ratio of more than 500Kg per m² and fired in kilns over 90 metres long at a temperature above 1,250°.

Mirage uses innovative technology to produce unique ceramic slabs, avoiding the repetitive textures and replicated effects typical of more traditional decorated ceramics. Each slab has its own unique identifying features. Mirage porcelain stoneware meets the criteria for innovative architecture with its ability to combine aesthetics and technological performance.

This is a product with a vitrified structure, low porosity and the ability to resist external agents, guaranteeing high impermeability to acids, dirt and frost. These porcelain stoneware floors and coverings are non-slip, abrasion and fire-resistant and comply with current international standards. Mirage's designer solutions are ideal for installation in residential and public settings, even on intense foot and heavy traffic flooring, where they guarantee excellent durabilityover time and allow you to personalise any environment in the perfect way.

Why choose Mirage porcelain stoneware?

Mirage has installed over 130 million square meters of ceramic slabs throughout the world, a guarantee of the quality of its versatile, high-performance porcelain stoneware. This material is able to match any aesthetic or technological requirement and has gained a great deal of recognition.
 

More than 10 reasons to depend on Mirage floors and coverings.
The benefits of a unique material.


1. Wide range of colours, sizes, thicknesses and finishes

Thanks to the technical-aesthetic features of the material there is such a wide variety as to make this product extremely versatile and easy to coordinate.


2. Acid resistant

Resistant to the most common acids, such as vinegar, lemon juice, cola (orthophosphoric acid) and hydrochloric acid. These acids corrode the calcium in marble but leave no trace on ceramic surfaces. Non-resistant to sulphuric acid damage.


3. Resistant

It is more resistant to abrasion and wear than any natural material.


4. Non combustible

The material does not burn nor does it produce gas or harmful-toxic fumes in case of fire or when exposed to a flame.


5. Easy to keep perfectly clean

Organic substances and bacteria, which cause allergies and illnesses, cannot build up on ceramic granite and strong detergent and disinfectants can be used on it.


6. Easy to work with

This product lends itself to being worked (cut, drilled, etc.) like natural stone, allowing you to customise it however you choose.


7. Heat resistant

There are no problems with hot saucepans or lit cigarettes, unlike with wood laminated plastics or agglomerates containing resin, which are all damaged by heat.


8. Stain Resistant

In the kitchen, oil, wine, coffee do not leave irremovable marks. In the bathroom, parfumes, creams and nail varnish do not stick to the surface, nor stain them. Strong detergents and solvents can even be used without damaging the material.


9. Frost Resistant

The material is frost proof.


10. Stable chromatically

Colours are absolutely fast and do not change when exposed to sun, weathering or smog.


11. Environmentally friendly

It contains no waterproofing chemicals, vernishes or resins and does not give off any gases even when exposed to flames. Unlike some types of natural stone, it does not release Radon or other radioactive gases and it is not polished using lead. It is completely environmentally friendly.

The greatest care is taken to every square centimetre of our tiles, at every single stage of the manufacturing process: hence the importance of the sides of the tiles, both the one facing upwards and the side which will be glued down.
We believe priority should be given to appearance, but beauty alone is not enough to guarantee a first-rate product; it must go hand-in-hand with top-quality technical manufacturing standards if it is to guarantee superb results.

Modular

The work-size M (see definition of “single work-size”) makes it possible to lay different sized tiles in a perfectly modular fashion. Modularity has been calculated for 2 mm grout joints.

Squared and rectified

At the end of the manufacturing cycle, using highly-technological machinery, Mirage is able to guarantee that its slabs are perfectly squared and orthogonal.

 

Single work-size

Every collection in the Mirage range has a specific Calibre M (for Mirage) size parameter. It is therefore possible to lay different collections in modules which can be combined together, provided the thickness is compatible.

Full-body colored

Mirage porcelain stoneware is colored throughout the slab in order to guarantee optimal performance in high-traffic environments.