We have written more than once about the use of ordinary ceramic tiles and porcelain stoneware in the interior, the choice of these materials. So curlite has many common characteristics with porcelain stoneware. We can say that these materials are “close relatives”.
In fact, curlite consists of two layers – a special fiberglass, which serves as a reinforcing mesh, and a ceramic coating. It is ultra-thin fiberglass that made it possible to create curlite, which, with its top layer, is practically indistinguishable from porcelain stoneware. The main advantage and feature of curlite is its thickness. One such tile can be as little as 1 millimeter thick. However, we admit that most often the thickness is from 3 to 7 millimeters. This is still noticeably less than other porcelain stoneware and conventional ceramic tiles..
Despite such a minimum thickness, curlite retained all the properties of porcelain stoneware, remained strong, not afraid of frost and temperature extremes, and fire resistant. We can say that curlite is an updated and modernized porcelain stoneware, which is produced using innovative technology.
Scope of application of curlite:
- Wall covering.
- Facade decoration and insulation.
- Finishing stairs, including steps.
- Ceiling cladding.
As you can see, the area of application of curlite is large, the material turned out to be lighter and more flexible than porcelain stoneware, which makes it possible to use it even on ceilings. The curlite facade will not weigh down, it is suitable for outdoor conditions.
You can cut curlit directly on site during finishing work, on a hard surface, using a conventional glass cutter. Plasticity and ease of cutting allows the use of such tiles in the decoration of complex surfaces. Moreover, curlite can be laid directly on the old tile. True, the surface must be flat.
Now curlite is produced in two sizes – slabs per meter and 3 meters per meter. That is, the dimensions can be quite large, curlite is considered not only the thinnest, but also the largest ceramic tiles..
The Italian company Cotto d’Este remains the leader in curlite production. Since the material is imported, it costs a lot, which determines its still low prevalence in our country. For a square meter of curlite, you will have to pay from 5 to 8 thousand rubles, depending on the thickness and external parameters.
Curlit is not afraid of bacteria, fungi and mold, it can be used in damp rooms. The choice of tile design is very large, it can imitate wood and other materials, it is available in various colors. It is quite easy to transport curlite, the top layer is protected by an overlay, the tiles are stacked. You can store curlite in unheated rooms..
Easily washable, environmentally friendly, durable, resistant to mechanical damage, but at the same time bending to a certain radius, easily cut curlite has every chance of becoming a popular finishing material. We have not yet found negative reviews about curlite, apparently, the material is completely new for our country. We think that reducing its cost will help popularize curlite.