Porcelain tiles are made of a compact, non-porous, highly resistant material. Formulated with clays and sands, they are dry pressed and fired in kilns at high temperatures.
Porcelain tiles stand out for having an almost nil water absorption rate. This allows them to withstand high and low temperatures, also making them suitable for use both indoors and out.
Inalco boasts a wide range of porcelain tile collections conspicuous for their design, colours, textures and finishes, in large formats and thicknesses of between 6 and 12 mm. For further information, see wall and floor tiles.
Modern, trend-setting designs and gentle textures.
Sophisticated, neutral colours of timeless beauty, ranging from toasted stone shades and camels to white or pure black.
A multitude of finishes, including natural-look, polished, bush-hammered and non-slip ones.
Formats of up to 150 x 300 cm, making tile joints a thing of the past and replacing them with continuous surfaces.
A high resistance and durability. This makes Inalco porcelain tiles suitable for use in both public and private environments.
A low water absorption rate, enabling the tiles to be used both indoors and out and also as cladding on façades.
Easy to clean and care for. Porcelain tiles have a high resistance to staining. In addition, for everyday cleaning, only water and a damp cloth are needed.
Inalco boasts a wide range of porcelain wall and floors tiles in a 6mm-thick slimline Slimmker version or 10mm standard thickness, ranging in size from 50x100 cm to 150x300 cm. Full details of our collections can be found at wall and floor tiles.
Inalco also manufactures the iTOPKer range: a selection of 12mm-thick porcelain slabs for use as countertops in 150x300 cm formats. Find out more about iTOPKer Solutions at iTOPKer Countertops.
Inalco’s porcelain tile collections come in a variety of finishes. Combined with the use of digital printing technology, this infuses them with a high degree of warmth, realism and natural beauty. Most of the collections feature models in a natural, bush-hammered or non-slip finish. Likewise, models are available in a glossy polished or satin finish.
For further information about our collections’ finishes, see wall and floor tiles.
Inalco tiles feature different finishes, designs and surface relief patterns, conceived to enhance their appearance and boost their technical properties.
Natural-look porcelain tiles. Collections with a highly original design. See Inalco’s collections with a natural finish.
Polished porcelain tiles. These tiles are treated after they have been manufactured to polish the surface and give it a glossy shine. Inalco has two types of polished finishes: a high-gloss polished finish with a mirror-like shine and a satin polished finish with an eye-catching, elegant more gentle polish. See Inalco’s collections with a polished finish.
Bush-hammered porcelain tiles. These tiles feature a gentle surface relief texture, suitable for use anywhere, both indoors and out. See Inalco’s collections with a bush-hammered finish.
See the finishes of our collections here.
Thanks to the superior benefits of Inalco porcelain tiles, all the tile models can be used on walls and floors, providing that certain minimum tile-laying requirements are met, as specified in the manuals available in the Technical Guides section.
Nonetheless, some collections have a design specifically conceived for use on walls. If you are not sure if this is the case, contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abrasion is wear and tear that occurs over time due to friction between shoes (through treading on surfaces), wheels, tyres or any other object and dirt on the tiled floor.
"All Inalco porcelain tile collections for floors meet – and indeed surpass - the requirements of the EN-ISO 10545-6 standard (Resistance to deep abrasion)".
The terms breaking strength or breaking load are a parameter used to measure the resistance of a ceramic tile when a force is applied to the middle of its surface at a specific speed.
Inalco porcelain tiles surpass the requirements of the EN-ISO 10545-4 standard in the case of both tiles of a standard 10mm thickness and its 6mm slimline Slimmker tiles.
One characteristic of porcelain tiles is their low water absorption rate, ensuring a very high resistance to high and low temperatures. This makes them ideal for use in outdoor areas. In addition, many of Inalco’s porcelain tile collections feature models with an AD (non-slip) finish, thus ensuring added safety in wet areas like gardens or poolside terraces by preventing possible slips or falls. For further information, see our non-slip collections.
Non-slip porcelain tiles have a special finish that ensures a particular degree of slip resistance, making them suitable for use outdoors or in indoor wet areas of the home thanks to their safe grip. Inalco boasts a wide range of non-slip models able to guarantee visual continuity since tiles of the same design can be used on all floor surfaces of the home, indoors and out.
More information about Inalco’s collections with a non-slip finish here.
One of the key advantages of porcelain tiles is their very low water absorption rate. This makes them suitable for use outdoors (on terraces, façades etc), where they are able to withstand high and low temperatures, rain, and frost or ice.
Despite their hardness and similarity to any polished material, whether ceramic or not, porcelain tiles can become scratched with the passage of time or through improper use. If they are not given a certain minimum care or attention, they can gradually lose their initial shine. Polished tiles are suitable for residential use and they should be protected during both the tile-laying process and everyday cleaning. Doormats should also be used in entrances from outside areas in order to remove dirt or grit from footwear that might scratch the surface of the tiles. If this care is taken, you will be able to enjoy the luminosity and shine of your tiles for many years to come.
See our range of collections with a polished finish.
Shade variation is a slight variation in colour and/or design found in tiles of the same model. This means that each tile in the batch is different, although there is still continuity in their general design.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital printing techniques with ceramic inks, models can be created where no two tiles in a batch are totally identical, in a reflection of nature’s own products. This leads to outstanding visual results.
See our range of collections with shade variation.
Inalco tiles are eco-friendly products, since part of the company’s philosophy is to use pollution-free manufacturing processes and to work toward a sustainable environment.
INALCO’s environmental policy can be summarized in the following points:
The reduction, re-use and recycling of all waste in the same production plant. INALCO porcelain tiles are made of between 40 and 50% recycled materials.
The optimized consumption of resources in both the manufacturing process and in all the company’s other departments.
The reduction of emissions. INALCO controls and filters all atmospheric emissions and it promotes strategies to reduce greenhouse gases so as to help comply with the objectives of the Kyoto Protocol.
For further information, see the ECOINALCO section of the company website.
It means that the edges of the tiles have been cut in such a way that they are absolutely straight so that all the tiles have exactly the same dimensions. All Inalco porcelain tiles are rectified.
For further information, see Inalco’s wall and floor tile collections.
It is a digital tile printing system and international innovation launched by Inalco in 2005. By using CMYK inks, high-definition results and far more natural designs can be achieved, and the tiles can be printed right across the surface, including any raised and recessed sections of relief textures.
Inalco decorates all its porcelain tile collections using IPLUS digital technology.
Inalco’s Raised Floor System for Interiors and Exteriors is a raised access floor system made up of ceramic tiles of a standard thickness, resting on pedestals of an adjustable height. This easy-to-install system, which requires no building work, ensures level floor surfaces. Inalco porcelain tiles for raised access floors are specially reinforced on the underside to guarantee a high mechanical resistance to heavy loads and impacts, thus preventing the need for heavy materials like calcium sulphate or chipboard panels or bonded double tiles often used in such systems. In addition, thanks to the variety of formats in which Inalco porcelain tiles come, models can be found to meet the technical and aesthetic requirements of projects of all kinds. For further information, see the section Raised Access Floors on our website or see our Tech Videos.
SLIMMKER is the Inalco brand name for all its series of 6mm-thick slimline porcelain tiles. Slimmker combines the benefits of standard porcelain tiles with a special slimline thickness. The resulting tiles are more environmentally friendly, lighter and hence easier to handle.
See Inalco’s Slimmker collections.
In addition to the advantages of normal porcelain tiles, the Slimmker collections offer the following extra benefits:
Relief patterns and textures on slimline large formats of up to 150x300 cm. Inalco was the first company in the world to apply relief patterns and textures to large slimline formats.
A multitude of finishes, including a natural-look, polished, bush-hammered and non-slip finish.
Formats of up to 150 x 300 cm, making tile joints a thing of the past by replacing them with continuous surfaces.
Because these are slimline tiles with a thickness of just 6 mm, SLIMMKER is easy to cut or to perforate.
Because the tiles weigh less, they are easier to handle and lay.
Energy savings are made because fewer resources are required in the manufacturing and transportation processes and less ink and packaging is needed.
A more sustainable, eco-friendly product.
Inalco’s 6mm-thick Slimmker porcelain tiles come in several large formats, ranging from 50x100 cm to 150x300 cm.
Get to know the slimline Slimmker porcelain tile range and its large formats by clicking here.
Inalco uses the latest technology in the production of its slimline Slimmker tiles, creating models with a natural-look, bush-hammered, non-slip and polished finish, even in the case of its largest formats (150x300 and 100x250 cm).
Like Inalco’s standard-thickness porcelain tiles, Slimmker porcelain tiles can be laid on both wall and floor surfaces, providing that the tile-laying guidelines in the manuals available in the Technical Guides section of Inalco’s website are followed.
Even so, some collections have a design conceived for use on walls. If you are not sure if this is the case, send an e-mail to email@example.com
Thanks to the reduced thickness and low weight of Inalco’s slimline Slimmker tile collections, these tiles are ideal in refurbishment projects for use on top of existing floor coverings.
To make sure that the tiles are properly laid on top of existing floor coverings, follow the recommendations of our Slimmker Tile-Laying Guide.
Yes. Inalco’s large-format porcelain tile series are perfect for use on façades because they are lighter and reduce the load withstood by the building. In addition, thanks to their design and technical characteristics, they offer numerous advantages when used to clad façades or in other architectural applications. These include a high durability, high resistance, low maintenance and energy savings.
For further information, click here to see our Tiled Façade Manual.
ITOPKER Countertops is Inalco’s range of 12mm-thick porcelain slabs for worktops and countertops in a large 150x320cm format.
ITOPKER slabs come in different colours and visual finishes so as to ensure stylish, trend-setting countertops with a clear-cut design.
See the downloadable online ITOPKER Catalogue in Inalco’s Catalogues section.
ITOPKER Countertops porcelain slabs offer numerous benefits:
They are stain resistant.
They are easier to clean and care for.
They are heat resistant.
They are scratch resistant.
They are very hygienic.
iTOPKer Solutions slabs are very resistant to the wear and tear that comes with use.
They are resistant to frost and ice and low temperatures.
They are resistant to ultra-violet rays.
They are resistant to impacts.
They have a high bending strength.
The ITOPKER collections are made of porcelain tile material. Thanks to their low water absorption rate of less than 0.2%, they are ideal for use in outdoor environments subject to frost and ice.
See the benefits of porcelain tiles in the Porcelain Tile section of the FAQs.
Thanks to their technical characteristics, iTOPKer porcelain slabs are resistant to high and low temperatures. This makes them ideal for use in outdoor areas where there might be sharp changes in temperature.
iTOPKer porcelain slabs are scratch resistant, thanks to their highly resistant surfaces. Even so, chopping boards should be used to chop or cut food in order to conserve the beauty of their surfaces and their design.
ITOPKer Solutions porcelain slabs do not need any special care or cleaning products. Stains can be cleaned away with water or common cleaning products. They are not affected by substances like solvents, detergents, bleach, oil, vinegar, or citrus juice, providing that these stains are cleaned away within 24 hours.
ITOPKER porcelain slabs are highly resistant to impacts by everyday objects and utensils (everyday items found in kitchens, restaurants and laboratories).
The surface of ITOPKER porcelain slabs is non-porous, thus preventing the build-up of bacteria or mould. This means that they are food grade.
The bush-hammered finish is no problem when it comes to handling food. Indeed it is even more scratch resistant than the natural finish, although we always recommend the use of a chopping board for cutting food.
iTOPKer porcelain slabs can be cut or drilled for use anywhere, providing that the right tools and techniques are used.
To ensure long-lasting tiled wall or floor surfaces clad in Inalco tiles, some basic tile-laying guidelines must always be followed in the case of both its 10mm standard-thickness and 6mm-thick slimline Slimmker tiles:
Before proceeding to lay the tiles, make sure that the substrate is clean and level.
Use the floating and buttering method, covering the entire substrate and underside of the tile with a class C2 adhesive cement, using a notched trowel.
The tiles should be laid with a tile joint of at least 2 mm / 0.08", using tile spacers and self-levelling wedges, pressing the tiles down firmly with a rubber trowel.
For optimum end results, keep checking that the tiles are level.
Leave the adhesive cement to dry in accordance with the setting time given in manufacturer’s instructions.
Clean the tile joints before grouting them with a suitable product (preferably of the same colour as the tiles).
Finally, after the grout has dried, clean away any surplus remains with a damp sponge. The tiled surface should also be given a good general clean to remove any cement residue or other remains. For this purpose, use a slightly acidic detergent like Deterdex by Fila that does not give off toxic fumes and does not harm the grout, tiles or surrounding areas.
Cutting Inalco porcelain tiles on site is easy, providing that professional tools are used, such as a radial arm saw or manual tile cutter. Always follow the basic cutting recommendations found in the technical section of our website and use tools that are in good condition.
For further information see the Guide to Cutting Porcelain Tiles.
Inalco boasts a wide variety of 6mm-thick slimline Slimmker tile collections with the same characteristics as standard-thickness porcelain tiles. Thanks to their slimline thickness and low weight, they are perfect for home refurbishment projects where tiles must be laid on top of existing floor coverings.
The substrate on which the porcelain tiles are to be laid should be clean, stable and level. Preferably, it should be primed with a suitable product to make sure that the adhesive cement bonds firmly to the surface.
For further information, see the Slimmker Wall and Floor Tile Installation Manual or the Tile-Laying Manual for 150x300 and 100x250 Slimmker Tiles here.
Inalco porcelain tiles can easily be perforated to create covers for inspection hatches and light or pipe connections or for any other use.
Just follow the instructions in the Tile Cutting Technical Guide on our website and make sure that suitable, well-maintained tools are used, with a cutting disc or blade that has no visible flaws or wear and tear.
For further information see the Cutting Guide.
Yes, Slimmker porcelain tiles can be cut in the same way as standard thickness porcelain tiles.
For further information, see the Guide to Cutting Slimmker Tiles.
Tile joints are the separation left between adjoining ceramic tiles. They serve to absorb any expansion or movement in the substrate due to temperature changes or slight structural movements. It is important to remember that substrates on which ceramic tiles are laid should always be clean, stable and level.
A tile joint of at least 2mm should be left between the tiles, using spacers and self-levelling wedges to make sure that the tiles are properly aligned, with a joint of the same thickness.
Porcelain tiles must always be grouted, both for aesthetic reasons and to avoid pathological risks (damp, fungus etc.).
Grout for porcelain tiles of a similar colour to the tiled surface should always be used, suitable for the place where the tiles are laid (indoors, outdoors, wet areas etc.).
A wide variety of grouting materials are available nowadays (waterproof, deformable, anti-acid etc.). Depending on the type of product, the manufacturer should specify the waiting time that is needed from the time that the tiles are laid until they can be grouted.
Always observe the necessary setting times and remove all surplus grout, taking care not to wait too long after the specified setting time.
Important: When grouting polished porcelain tiles, do not use ‘lamp black’ coloured grout due to the micronized carbon used to make it, since it will penetrate the surface pores of polished porcelain tiles and thus be very hard to remove.
Once porcelain tiles have been laid and grouted, after the required setting time has elapsed, the surface must be properly cleaned to remove all cement or grout residues. For this purpose, a slightly acidic detergent like Deterdek by Fila should be used that does not give off toxic fumes or damage the grout, tiles or surrounding areas.
If porcelain tiles are laid on floors and the building work there has not concluded, the tiled surface must be protected with sheets of cardboard to avoid any direct contact with building materials, tools, machinery etc.
To remove atmospheric dust from porcelain tiles, just clean the surface with a dust mop or dry cloth. Do not use wax-based products or polishes.
For further information, see the downloadable Cleaning and Care Manual.
Once they have been laid, porcelain tiles do not need any kind of special maintenance. Due to their composition and firing temperature, they are almost impervious.
Once they have been properly laid, it is vital to remove any surplus cement or grout, using specific products.
For further information, see the Cleaning and Care Manual.
EcoInalco is Inalco’s public commitment to the environment and to society. It encompasses all the human and technological resources directed at preventing the impacts of its activities, together with ongoing reviews of the processes and investment needed in order to work toward sustainable development.
For further information, click here to go to the ECOINALCO section of the website.