Flooring for shopping centres and for large exhibition spaces must meet a number of functional and aesthetic requirements.
These unique flooring materials for large surfaces have come to play a very special role in the design of public spaces today.
Shopping centre floors must respond to a number of different requirements, starting with uncommon strength to withstand the constant load and flow of people and mechanical vehicles. Other factors also related to resistance and durability include lightfastness, impermeability, non-slip finish, and easy cleaning and general maintenance.
These are only a few of the aspects to be taken into consideration in the choice of the best flooring materials for shopping centres and department stores.
The materials used in tiles for shopping centre floors must therefore meet particular needs that go beyond their primary purpose as cladding.
The new technologies have been a great help for architects and designers in recent years, offering them new kinds of highly resistant ceramic materials which are extremely effective in the long term, such as porcelain, still the best type of cladding material for shopping centres and large exhibition spaces.
Its resistance to stress from loads and abrasion make porcelain the top material for today’s floors in buildings of all kinds, from homes to public spaces, and from outdoor pavements to renovation projects both large and small.
It is undeniable, however, that porcelain’s technical performance is most important in areas of high density traffic and in industrial applications.
These are situations and spaces that are subject to daily stress which can be extreme, in which a number of technical properties typical of porcelain really make a difference.
The procedure of making porcelain involves use of presses and firing at very high temperatures to replicate processes of rock formation which take thousands of years in nature. The result is an extremely compact material which has the same properties right through, vitrified with a very low porosity and therefore effectively impermeable, perfect for withstanding external aggression.
Thus porcelain meets all the standards and safety requirements specified by the strictest legislation for coverings in public places such as shopping centres and department stores. For instance, porcelain eliminates the risk of slipping with non-slip surfaces that are also resistant to abrasion and fire.
The many effects available in FMG porcelain
permit a great variety of different choices and solutions to meet the requirements of different types of shopping centres and stores.
The marble effect is particularly high-impact and is very often used in projects of this kind, in a variety of different types and textures.
Marble-effect porcelain is a design choice capable of underlining exhibition spaces both large and small; when used on the floor, or combined with decorative pieces in shopping centre floors, FMG marble-effect tiles are extremely versatile and suit a great variety of decorating styles.
The luminous impact of marble is always unique and unmatched; and when it is paired with the big windows or artificial light sources typical of shopping centres, it adds expressive power to the entire space, underlining its attractiveness for visitors.