More popularly known as liquid porcelain tile, monolithic floors are those that have a uniform and smooth appearance, without grouting, offering a beautiful aesthetic finish with the total leveling of the surface.
This type of material has been available for many years and is widely used in situations where high resistance to mechanical abrasive attacks, chemicals and where microbial proliferation is required, such as clinics, others.
Diffused widely in industrial environments, this material has become a trend along with the burnt cement, in which it is searched for a level floor and without grouts. Therefore, more and more we find this type of resin in residential environments.
It is a flexible alternative that can be applied under other floors, among them concrete, cement, slate, stones and ceramics. However, before it is applied, it is necessary to evaluate exactly the flatness of the surface, and in general a pre-treatment treatment is required that can be done by the same contracted company.
What is the difference between ordinary and liquid porcelain?
For those who begin to interact about building materials, it is very common to confuse ordinary porcelain and liquid, however, their differences are evident and it is possible to dynstinguish them with certain ease.
The common porcelanato is made of solid ceramic plates, applied side by side with grout, that is, there is a separation between them. The liquid porcelain tile is a uniform and impermeable resin, which covers the entire area, without grouting, separation or splicing.
Although smooth flooring is one of the most popular options, there are still models that have more than one color and those that have 3D effect. To achieve this aim, prior to the resin, an illustrated adhesive is applied. The end result is an optical illusion. In this way it is possible to imitate the appearance of nature, the sea floor, works of art and others.
Types of liquid porcelain: polyurethane, urethane and epoxy
The best known resin of liquid porcelanate is that made up of epoxy; however, it can also consist of other substances such as urethane and polyurethane. Besides the differences in composition and final aesthetics, the application process may be different and may even have particularities between one material and another.
They all have high chemical resistance, but the epoxy is not resistant to UV rays, which makes it impossible to apply them to external areas that receive light. In these cases the ideal is to use the polyurethane that is more resistant to UV rays and has a higher chemical resistance.
For interior areas of the dwellings, the epoxy remains the most indicated. The other substances are more geared towards industrial areas that can receive a stronger chemical attack.
How is the application of liquid porcelain tile made?
The process of applying the liquid porcelain tile may be simple but requires care. Starting from the surface, the original floor must be leveled prior to the application of the sealant. After this process, with the rough floor, you should undergo a cleaning process. With the floor clean, the sealer is applied with a sanding wax and ensure leveling. After drying, the liquid porcelain tile is applied with a level squeegee in every area, followed by a squeegee squeegee, specially made to remove air bubbles from the resin.
Attention in this last step is essential, in order not to leave marks, the professionals use a special nail shoe, which has metal tips on the sole. Its fine tips prevent larger foot marks from remaining in the resin, while the healing process is not started, the resin is self-contained. After applying the liquid porcelain tile, a 20 to 30 minute window is usually opened for imperfections to be corrected; you also need to be aware of dust, small objects and hair strands, which can compromise the final result.
Because it is meticulous work, it is essential that it be done by a professional in the field. A great advantage is that this technique will not degrade debris in your residence.
Explanatory videos with step by step
The Sass channel began to provide a series of videos with the complete step-by-step with the main techniques for those who want to apply liquid porcelain. The videos show the application of the material in a small piece of ordinary porcelain tile. Even for those who will hire a specialized company, it may be interesting to follow the video for more details:
Durability and maintenance of liquid porcelain tile
Liquid porcelain tile is a highly resistant material to have in any residential environment.
Floor cleaning should only be done with water and neutral soap and the advantage is that the absence of grout reduces the dirt that would accumulate in a common porcelain tile.
Another feature is that this floor does not stain easily.
Maintenance can be done every four years with special products and waxers.
The cost to hire professionals and material may vary from region to region. Generally the cost with the included labor can vary from R, 00 to R, 00 per square meter. It is recommended to consult different companies and professionals, check their work and references to make sure that the result is satisfactory.
Advantages of using liquid porcelain tile
Known for giving a smooth and linear finish on the floor, the liquid porcelain tile has other advantages worth mentioning. Check some:
- Can be applied in a short time : Have you considered putting a new floor in a few hours or a few days? With liquid porcelain tile this is possible.
- Does not mess : Everyone who has done repairs and repairs at home knows that it is hard to clean up all the dirt and debris that remains. In exchange for a common porcelain tile floor, it is no different. If you opt for a monolithic floor, you will avoid all this headache.
- It is waterproof : Liquid porcelain tile does not absorb substances like liquids, oils, fats and other chemicals, this means that your floor will hardly have stains coming from this type of contamination.
- Aesthetics clean : Without grouting, this floor is ideal for those who want to join environments and do not have floor separations between a room and a kitchen for example.
- Simplified maintenance : To clean this type of floor, just pass a neutral soap diluted in water. Avoid chemicals that could potentially damage it.
- Customizable : This is a type of floor ideal for anyone who wants to have a design or texture customized for their environment or even a specific color.
60 models and photos of environments with liquid porcelain flooring
If you are looking for ease in cleaning, beauty and practicality the liquid porcelain tile is the best alternative. In addition to large works, he is also very welcome in interior design.
We separate beautiful references of environments with liquid porcelain of different colors and designs for you to be inspired. In examples where there is the effect with images on the floor, it is a special print made in graphics, and can be customized with your taste.
Picture 1 - The liquid porcelanato provides a uniform appearance in the floor.
In this minimalist kitchen design, the smooth floor is perfect for maintaining the flowing look of the environment, without grouts and divisions.
Picture 2 - It has a perfect and bright finish.
One of the characteristics of this type of floor is that in addition to being smooth and level, it can be bright and reflects the luminosity.
Picture 3 - It is possible to create abstract drawings with the liquid porcelanato.
In a kitchen with sober colors, the choice of liquid 3D porcelain tile was a way to make the environment more lively. In this case, we have an abstract design.
Picture 4 - It is ideal in integrated environments, because it leaves no splices.
Connect one or more rooms with the same floor without divisions.
Picture 5 - Continuous finishing is one of the advantages of this floor.
Picture 6 - For those who do not give up a color.
One of the advantages of this floor is to be able to choose different and unusual colors, in this case, the liquid porcelain tile has green water color.
Image 7 - The choice of the lighter finish of the floor highlighted other constructive elements of the residence.
Picture 8 - Apartment type Studio With liquid porcelain.
In small environments, every detail makes the difference, so the ideal is not to have separations of materials on the floors nor finishes between them.
Picture 9 - Create a mixture of colors and apply drawings to the extension of the house.
Picture 10 - The perfectly smooth finish leaves any modern and elegant environment.
Image 11 - And there is still the possibility of coloring your floor.
Image 12 - There is a range of varied colors and nuances of liquid porcelain.
Picture 13 - It is a great option for large environments.
Picture 14 - The combination of floor, lining and materials is a composition that should have harmony.
Image 15 - Can be applied in humid environments due to its great resistance.
Liquid porcelain tile has low material absorption and is resistant to falling objects so it can be used in the kitchen and in the laundry room without any problem.
Picture 16 - The liquid porcelanato can gain extension throughout house.
Image 17 - Modern room with liquid porcelain tile.
Image 18 - Abuse of colors with a colored floor.
Picture 19 - White liquid porcelanato is the darling in decoration.
Because it is a tough material, the liquid porcelain tile does not stain easily and can be applied in white color without any worries.
Picture 20 - Have an authentic kitchen with modern constructive techniques.
Picture 21 - It enlarges the residence due to its continuous finish.
Image 22 - Want a cheerful decoration? Be sure to create designs on the floor.
Image 23 - Extend the floor in small apartments.
Picture 24 - Choose a finish that highlights the furniture of the environment.
Image 25 - Blue liquid porcelain.
To highlight the floor and make the environment more lively, the light blue color was used for the liquid porcelain tile.
Image 26 - Another example of liquid porcelain tile with abstract designs.
Image 27 - Colored liquid porcelain with brilliance.
Image 28 - Master bathroom with liquid porcelain tile.
Image 29 - Kitchen with liquid porcelain tile.
Image 30 - Impeccable finish in the integration of environments.
Picture 31 - Washbasin with designs in liquid porcelain.
Image 32 - Beige liquid porcelain.
Image 33 - Brilliant appearance requires daily cleaning and maintenance.
Image 34 - Light colors value and brighten the environment.
Image 35 - Liquid porcelain tile is an ally for a clean style design.
Image 36 - It can also be dark depending on the proposal.
Image 37 - The white floor combines with the environment that has a predominance of soft colors.
Picture 38 - The result can be modern and clean.
The liquid porcelain tile can perfectly match the trend of clean and modern style environments.
Image 39 - Due to its smooth finish the liquid porcelain tile floor provides easy cleaning.
Image 40 - The 3D drawing can also be seen on the liquid porcelain tile.
In this bathroom design, an area design with marine shells was chosen to be applied next to the liquid porcelain tile.
Image 41 - Liquid porcelain imitating marble.
An interesting feature is that liquid porcelain tile can mimic textures of traditional floors, such as marble or granite.
Image 42 - When choosing a clear floor, create a contrast with the wall covering.
Picture 43 - Kitchen with white liquid porcelain tile.
Image 44 - Here the social area was covered by the same floor with blue color.
Image 45 - The liquid porcelain tile floor gives a minimalist look, depending on the composition in the decoration.
Image 46 - Dark red liquid porcelain tile floor.
Picture 47 - This type of floor maintains the amplitude of the space.
Picture 48 - After all, it is a floor full of style!
Picture 49 - Modernize your house with a light and modern floor.
Image 50 - Liquid porcelain tile with black and white designs.
Image 51 - Living room integrated with liquid porcelain floor.
Picture 52 - Loft with liquid porcelain floor.
Image 53 - Extend the kitchen floor to the service area.
Picture 54 - Clean apartment with liquid porcelain floor.
Image 55 - Most bathrooms have a small dimension, so the liquid porcelain tile is ideal for use in this type of environment.
Image 56 - Closet with liquid porcelain floor.
Image 57 - Living room with liquid porcelain floor.
Image 58 - Due to its self-brightness, the game of lights creates an incredible effect.
Image 59 - It is ideal for those who look for a discreet floor and with few details in the architecture.
Image 60 - Kitnet with liquid porcelain.
We hope all of these references and information will make it easier for you to choose the right floor for your new project. Enjoy and keep browsing the site to read about other decorating issues.