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DESIGNING WITH GIANT FORMAT TILES

 

Modern porcelain tiles can be produced with almost limitless design potential to reproduce other materials.

To match the variety of appearances, appropriate sizes have been developed to display the look of giant stone slabs, concrete panels, rendered sheets and timber panels.

Handling these products is new to many tradespeople, builders, and designers.

Managing client expectations by understanding the features and benefits of these products is vital to ensure satisfaction.

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CERAMIC TILES FOR EXTERNAL APPLICATIONS INCLUDING FACADES

Ceramic Tiles provide many benefits for external applications. Paths, walkways, forecourts and other external floors can be tiled to provide high slip resistance, ease of cleaning and durability. 

The requirements for these areas are explained as well as changes to the previous recommendations. The range of different finishes and formats can provide a seamless transition from outside to inside, in a superior manner to other finishes.

Tiles make a great finish for external walls, understand the fixing requirements and performance characteristics of different ceramic products is vital to correct specification.

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FACADE SYSTEMS FOR RAPID RENOVATION

 

This session outlines the key features and benefits of specialised ceramic façade systems in particular for renovations and or replacement. The specialised profile choices are described and explained as are differences and advantages over porcelain panels including: –

  • Ease, strength and simplicity of the system 
  • Technology in the design 
  • Anti-pollution and self-clean incorporation 
  • Style choices from latest production techniques  
  • Indicative details
 

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INDUSTRIAL FLOOR FINISHES – TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

 

This presentation will focus on the floor finishes available to designers to meet their clients design requirements over and above the purely structural requirements of an industrial floor. We will consider the performance requirements and applicable standards of a variety of available finishes including the huge array of resin based systems, industrial tile systems and vinyls. On hand we will have samples of many such systems to enable comparison.

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REQUIREMENTS FOR COMMERCIAL SWIMMING POOL TILING

 

This session outlines the key requirements for tiling a commercial swimming pool and the ancillary areas associated with swimming pools. Tile types, fixing materials and systems as well as correct installation techniques are covered. Advice on the Australian Standards requirements for tiling in fully immersed situations and the standards and handbook requirements for slip resistance in these area is also covered. Case studies including how to specify to avoid failures.

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COMMERCIAL KITCHENS AND FOOD AREA FLOORING

A busy commercial kitchen is one of the most demanding work environments. Many people in relatively small hot areas working with and around oily spillages, sharp equipment, flames, hot surfaces, boiling liquids and moving heavy items – all while under time pressures. This environment needs a floor that will perform in providing long term safety, hygiene and durability. Understand the features and benefits of different floor types to provide the best Durability, Slip Resistance, Performance and Value. Review the Australian Standard AS 4674:2004 Design, Construction and Fit-Out of Food Premises.

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PRACTICAL SLIP RESISTANCE FOR AGED CARE

Designing with sufficient levels of slip resistance is often poorly understood – we demonstrate the consequences of getting it wrong. Changes to standards and handbooks include a number of significant new recommendations including:

  • The effects of wear and usage on slip resistance
  • BCA changes including residential
  • Definition of Wet, Dry and Transitional Areas 
  • Limitations of various AS test methods  
  • Benefits of certain AS test methods

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PRACTICAL SLIP RESISTANCE

The balance between slip resistance and cleanability is always a challenge.
Selecting the correct material with the appropriate slip rating are fundamental to the floors ultimate performance, longevity and meeting safety requirements.
A Metz solution is available to meet or exceed the regulatory slip resistance requirements for all environments.

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