LEXINGTON KY – Florida Tile has created a new tile category by unveiling “Thinner,” a revolutionary new, large, never-seen-before format, a thin, true-porcelain tile as little as 3mm thick, yet with multiple benefits for new construction and makeovers.
Sean Cilona, Florida Tile Marketing Director says, “Thinner is created with the latest technology in porcelain production. Using the finest raw materials combined with the newest manufacturing techniques, Florida Tile has created this entirely new product category. Thinner is incredibly lightweight, durable, flexible and easy to cut and handle, allowing an enormous possibility of installation options, only a fraction of which we have explored.”
The Florida Tile manufacturing process compresses each tile to greater than 15,000 tons psi, resulting in a very dense, strong, thin tile with increased flexibility and breaking strength. An 0.5mm fiberglass mesh backing is adhered to each panel for additional strength, also allowing for ease of drilling, cutting and handling.
This process allows us to create a single 3.5mm-thick panel with a size up to 1m x 3m (39” x 118”). Depending on the product, Thinner is available in 3.5 and 5.5mm thicknesses.
“In creating this new category, we obviously kept large-scale commercial and residential installations in mind,” Cilona says.
According to Cilona, “All Thinner products have been third-party tested at the Tile Council of North America laboratory. The 3plus line (3.5mm) is suitable for interior and exterior wall, floor and countertop applications in residential and light commercial construction. 5plus (5.5mm) received an “extra heavy” duty service rating and is ideal for commercial floor, wall and exterior applications as well as all residential floor, wall, countertop, stairs… and the list goes on.”
“Think of the impact on design and installation, especially in very creative, even curved installations,” he says, “and the fact Thinner can be applied over properly prepared existing tile floors.”
Cilona notes, “At 3.5mm, Thinner is 1.6 pounds per square foot, a full third of the weight of traditional tiles. From an economic, environmental standpoint, we are using far less material to achieve major effects. Cost is less. Shipping is less. There is virtually no production waste, since our mission of a 40 percent minimum recyclable content in products uses every ounce of material.”
“Speaking of production,” Cilona continues, “the production of Thinner is an eco-compatible process with a 70 percent cut in materials and water, 50 percent reduction in natural gas and 20 times fewer carbon dioxide emissions.”
“These are perfectly flat slabs, ideal for horizontal or vertical surfaces. Thinner is non-absorbent, easy to clean and resistant to acid, stains and pollution. Furthermore, installation is easy, since Thinner is lighter, easy to cut and drill. In fact, installation time, even for the extremely large pieces is reduces by 40 percent over traditional tiles,” he continues.
“Want more?” he asks. “Thinner will resist surface heat and freeze-thaw conditions for 20 years … guaranteed,” Cilona explains.
Thinner lines: Time/2.0, Restore and Aventis.
Time/2.0 features an extensive color palette of 6 colors, Snow, Black, Beige, Carbon, Cream and Silver. Each color is comprised of a solid body pigment that sets the overall tone of each tile. The smooth rich body is then decorated with slightly contrasting shades created by individual granules of color that vary in dimension depth, thickness and pattern. These granules create a unique tone-on-tone effect unlike any other tile in the market. The beauty of the line comes from this simple play on color that on the surface seems simple, but in reality is a complex balance of shade, tone and texture. The line is available in 50cm x 100cm (19.5” x 39”), 100cm x 100cm (39” x 39”), 100cm x 300cm (39” x 118”) in 3plus thickness, all rectified. Time/2.0 is color coordinated to Florida Tile’s existing extensive Time/2.0, a commercially popular 10mm porcelain available in a variety of sizes and textures. Time/2.0 is GREENGUARD® certified and suitable for all light commercial and residential floor, wall and countertop applications. Thinner Time/2.0 can be applied over properly prepared existing tile floors.
RestoreHDP takes on the look of 150-to-200-year-old barn planks, yielding one of the most rustic and dramatic reclaimed looking porcelain tile floors available, complete with worn-in character. These 5.5mm porcelain tiles have been Robinson tested at the Tile Council of America labs, receiving an “extra heavy” duty service rating. They are ideal for commercial floor, wall and exterior applications as well as all residential floor, wall, countertop, stairs, and the list goes on. Aesthetically, RestoreHDP utilizes the most technically advanced glazing system in the industry today, digital printing. Like the technology that changed the television industry, HDP-High Definition Porcelain® delivers the most realistic image possible on a tile. Colors are Weatered Dock, Cotton Mill, Tobacco Barn, Cotton Mill and Antiqued Fence. This incredible realistic-looking tile has the worn wood flooring feel with dents and dings and evidence of hard work from days gone by. Yet, the ease of maintenance that only innovative high quality porcelain tile can provide.
Aventis, inspired by the gritty urban landscape, defines contemporary design. Another 6-color palette of strong grey and olive tones delivers a cool minimal look to modern spaces. And it coordinates with the existing Aventis line. This Thinner porcelain tile retains the appearance of a concrete in terms of look and performance to the highest industrial standard of this age-old building material. The minimalist nature of the look enhances the complexity of its design. Each color is a unique blending of base color with a stain that adds contrast by using an application that allows the slightest shimmer of reflection. Monochromatic in their overall tone, the colors range include Nut, Titanium, Velvet, Ask (a dark gray), Cotton and Eclipse The smooth surface is offset by a subtle texture. Sizes are 1m x 3m (39” x 118”), 1m x 1m (39” x 39”) and .50m x 1m (19.5” x 39”), and all are rectified. Aventis 3plus is suitable for interior and exterior, wall, floor and countertop applications in residential and light commercial construction.
More detailed areas-of-use charts are available in the Thinner Technical Manual at www.floridatile.com/thinner. This Florida Tile product is Greenguard certified and will contribute to USGBC registered LEED projects. It will also contribute to the ANSI approved NAHB Green Building Standard ICC 70.
For dealers, distributors and installers, Florida Tile has developed a straightforward process for handling and installation, including tools and directions for moving, handling cutting and leveling.
For more information, visit www.floridatile.com/thinner.