FAQS

Why use natural stone?

The use of natural stone has undergone a massive revival in recent years. Increasingly, people are re-discovering the durability, versatility and inherent beauty of stone as appreciated through the centuries. .

Are natural stones suitable for any room in the home?

Yes. We have a stone or range of stones suitable for any living space in your home. We can suggest you materials depending on your room décor, taste and budget..

Are natural marble expensive?

Some of the natural stone tiles from CMC compare favourably in price with many porcelain tiles making them practical and affordable as well as uniquely beautiful. We do also supply some exclusive marble and exotic granite from the very best quarries but because we import directly, we can give them to our customers at the best rates.

Do natural stone tiles require specialist fixing?

It is a wise investment to ensure that the installation is carried out by experienced people who really understand the nature of the materials. To give you absolute peace of mind, we have our own teams of specialist installers who have worked on some of the most prestigious properties.

Can stones be laid on any floor surface?

The fixing surface needs to be flat and solid. It is possible to lay stone tiles on a wooden base provided it is sturdy and does not flex. Ceramic and porcelain tiles would be just as susceptible to cracking on a poorly prepared surface. We can advise on and supply additional products to ensure that the base is sufficiently stable for tiling.

How do I find out more?

Get in touch by email or simply phone 022 4140 4140. Tell us what you need to know and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Does natural stone stain easily?

Natural stone will not stain easily as long as it is sealed and maintained properly.

How often does the stone need to be sealed?

We recommend that your stone be sealed by a professional every five years.

Where is can I use natural stone?

Natural Stone can be used external, internal. Cladding, bathroom wall and floor, kitchen bench top, fire place, columns, driveway, footpath, stairs, shopping centres, commercial and residential projects.

How can I protect the Natural Stone if I used?

You can protect your Natural Stone by applying penetrated sealer or wax depends where you have used the Stone. (You can contact one of our consultants for assistance or you can ask your professional Stone Mason).

Does the Natural Stones crack?

Normally Natural Stones doesn’t crack. Cracks could happen from wrong installation, floor & wall movement or using non quality & defect Stone. (There is some beautiful Marble & Onyx have some vein need to be clean & resin so can be easy to maintain).

Can be Natural Stone used around swimming pool, public area & in what thickness?

Yes. Can be used with the right advice from the professional in what finish can be used. (Flamed, Sandblast, Bush Hammer, Honed Finish).

Can I have sample?

Yes. But we recommend that you look the full slabs of Natural Stone to see the variation in the colour to make sure that you have done the right choice.

What range of thickness we can get?

Natural Stone can be from 16mm up to wherever thickness required..

What is IRIS 6MM?

Iris is only 6mm thick, weighs 63kg and is available in panels of upto 1.5x3meters, providing architects and interior designers with an infinite number of possibilities, thanks to its sizes, range of stone collections, durability, hygiene and ease of installation. Iris can be used in different applications: flooring, wall covering and cladding, countertops, fittings and ventilated facades.

Iris opens new dimensions for contemporary architecture because it combines low thickness with large formats, guarantying high technical performances, a lower load on the floors, and an aesthetic quality never seen before. The slabs, which can be laid with a minimum joint, enhance the rooms with unique effects of visual continuity.

WHAT IS porcelain tile?

Porcelain tile is made up by special clay minerals, porcelain tile (or porcelain stoneware tile) is a highly-resistant ceramic product with a solid structure and a hard surface which doesn’t absorb water (classified as impervious), doesn’t stain, and isn’t affected by wear and tear over time.Moreover, glazed porcelain tile requires lower maintenance than natural stone, granite and marble.

WHAT IS MEANT BY SHADE AND CALIBER?

Ceramic is a natural material with a natural composition which becomes resistant when fired at very high temperatures. This process, however, can cause slight differences in the shades of colour and in the actual dimensions of a tile between one batch and the next. Therefore, tiles are grouped before packaging according to their shade and their caliber. These are then indicated on the labelof every pack.

HOW DO YOU CALCULATE THE QUANTITY OF TILES THAT YOU NEED TO ORDER?

Once the surfaces in question have been measured, we recommend that you increase the amount required by ten-fifteen percent to allow for waste from laying and future repairs.

WHAT ARE Iris (6mm) MADE FROM?

Iris (6mm) is primarily made up of clays, quartz if erous sands, glass substances and other minerals.

Only natural raw materials are used, mixed with water and fired at high temperatures to create a naturally beautiful product and to achieve hardness and durability.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF CERAMIC FLOOR AND WALL TILES?

Ceramic products are natural, beautiful, versatile, lasting, resistant, hygienic and easy to clean…

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF Iris (6mm)?

The wide range of colours and textures and an accurate recreation of the look of natural stones, granites, slates, travertine’s, limestone’s, marbles, quartzite’s, terracotta’s and even woods and metals, combined with the low maintenance of ceramics and the technical properties of a hard-wearing material which is resistant to all weather conditions, chemical attack, scratches, stains, fading, heavy loads and fire.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF GLAZED CERAMICS?

The beauty and variety of colours, of designs and of decorations made available by glazed tiles has always been one of the most valued qualities of ceramic products in general. The glaze also makes cleaning easier and hygienically more effective.

Glazed porcelain tile combines the aesthetical qualities and the ease of maintenance of ceramic tiles with the durability and surface hardness of its vitrified porcelain body, suitable for both commercial and domestic applications, indoors as well as outdoors.

WITH SO MANY DIFFERENT STYLES AND MATERIALS, HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT PRODUCT FOR ME?

There is no such thing as a “right” or “wrong” product, just the product which is best suited to the use it is required for. Therefore, it’s a good idea to identify the requirements of your project first, then you can let yourself wander among the wide range of designs and colours, relying entirely on your own taste.

ARE CERAMIC PRODUCTS MORE OR LESS EXPENSIVE THAN OTHER FLOORING MATERIALS?

Ceramic tile prices are competitive, especially if you take into account more than just the initial expenditure: adding up the cost of materials, installation, maintenance and possible repairs or replacements, ceramic tiles are the most economic material for floor, wall and façade covering.

DO Iris (6mm) REQUIRE MAINTENANCE?

Only a minimum of effort is required to keep surfaces in good condition, due to the fact that glazed wall tiles and flooring are resistant to dirt and not microporous.

If laid correctly and washed regularly with plain water, quality ceramic flooring will maintain over time the appearance and the specifications of the product when new.

Furthermore, glazed porcelain tiles involve less maintenance than natural stones and marbles.

IS Iris (6mm) ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY?

Iris (6mm) is made from natural raw materials using the most up-to-date technology for safe-guarding the environment. Iris (6mm)has obtained both UNI EN ISO 14001 and EMAS registrations which relate to eco-management, and periodically provides a statement of its environmental performance and its improvement programme.

In 2004 the company’s environmental commitment was awarded with the ANAB,accreditation mark, reserved for materials approved to be used in sustainable architecture.

Iris (6mm)products have been certified compliant with the requirements of the Green Building Council’s LEED sustainability protocol.

The latest innovation Iris (6mm)has launched on the market, ACTIVE Clean Air & Antibacterial Ceramic™, is a production methodology involving the application of micrometric particles of titanium dioxide, which exploits photocatalysis to allow the production of ceramic slabs with real anti-pollutant and anti-bacterial properties, that make an effective contribution to improving quality of life.Council’s LEED sustainability protocol.

DO Iris (6mm) DETERIORATE OVER TIME?

The durability of ceramic tiles is superior to that of almost all the other surface finishes on the market. By choosing the most suitable product for your installation, taking due care during laying and cleaning regularly, combined with the manufacturer’s experience, their long life is ensured.

CAN Iris (6mm) SURFACES BE PROTECTED USING AIMPLE CLEANING METHODS? OR IS SPECIAL TREATMENT NECESSARY?

After they have been laid, Iris (6mm) do not require special treatment or cleaning with particular detergents.

Protection against abrasive dirt in entrance areas and against possible falling objects in the areas close to working surfaces is advisable, by means of floor mats.

We also suggest that you pay particular attention to protecting newly-laid flooring until all construction or remodeling work has been completed.

How to clean and maintain Iris (6mm)?

After having completed all the various phases of laying there is one final operation: cleaning.

Appropriate cleaning that highlights the aesthetic qualities of the material laid and at the same time restores the level of clean ability that all Iris materials have. This is a fundamental passage for guaranteeing simplicity and ease of cleaning as well as ordinary maintenance.

Acid base products must be used, rubbing hard with a rough cloth and then rinsing with lots of water.

What instruments used for installing Iris (6mm) on wall ?

  • Handling frame with suction cups;
  • Cement-based powder adhesive for full spread, class “C2E according to EN12004 and S1 according to EN12002 standards”;
  • 15 mm round toothed trowel;
  • 3×3 mm square toothed trowel;

What are special cares to be taken for installation of Iris (6mm) on floor or wall?

Iris requires the adhesive to be applied both on the setting bed and on the back of the slab. Iris slabs for flooring require the following conditions:

  • A flat surface;
  • Clean and free from dust, scraps and any lumps of cement;
  • The setting bed must be uniform and have already undergone the drying shrinkage process;
  • Repair of any cracks;
  • Any uneven parts on the surface must be filled with suitable leveling compounds.

What instruments used for installing Iris (6mm) on floor?

Instruments required:

  • Cement-based powder adhesive for full spread, class “C2E according to EN12004 and S1 according to EN12002 standards”
  • 3×3 mm square toothed trowel and 15 mm round toothed trowel;
  • Frame with suction cups for handling or double suction cups;
  • Non-bounce plastic mallet 170×370 mm;
  • Levelling system: base clip + wedge + pliers.

What are the tools required for cutting or make holes in Iris (6mm) tile?

Depending on the type of cut and process to be applied to the slab, the recommended types of tools are listed below:

  • Handling frame with suction cups or double suction cups;;
  • Angle grinder with diamond blade;
  • Diamond head drill bits.

How much gap should be given between two Iris (6mm) tile?

The gap between 2 tiles should be 3mm to 5mm.

Is it possible to show hair line joint between 2 tiles?

Yes, we can show hair line joint but remember the surface on tile is to be fixed should be at zero level.

What is Techlam 3MM?

Classic Marble Company is the pioneering company which imports this ground-breaking ceramic product. Techlam 3MM® is only 3mm thick, weighs 21.3kg/m2 and is available in panels of upto 1x3meters, providing architects and interior designers with an infinite number of possibilities, thanks to its sizes, range of colours, durability, hygiene and ease of installation. Techlam 3MM can be used in different applications: flooring, wall covering and cladding, countertops, fittings and ventilated facades.

What raw materials are used in the manufacture of Techlam 3MM?

Techlam 3MM® is a 100%natural product and is manufactured with the same raw materials as other ceramic materials.

What finishes are available in every Techlam 3MM collection?

The standard finish for all designs is matt. The Basic Collection can also be manufactured in non-slip and gloss finishes for specific projects.

What institutions endorse Techlam 3MM?

Techlam 3MM is used in the most demanding projects across the whole of Levantina’s distribution network. It has therefore been endorsed by the most prestigious institutions ensuring compliance with the basic building regulations: CE,UGBC, Green guardy ASTM.

Is it hygienic?

As it is non-absorbent, it does not produce mould, fungus or bacteria. Techlam 3MM®has a Hygiene Certificate which makes it 100% compatible with food products.

Does it scratch?

Techlam 3MM is highly resistant to scratching, its 7 and 8 levels in the MOHS scale mean that it can be only altered by the diamond or the corundum

Does Techlam 3MM lose its original color?

No, Techlam 3MM is manufactured in one solid mass and is then protected by a layer of vitreous enamel. These processes ensure that Techlam 3MM® is impervious to both sunlight and sudden changes in temperature.

Does it stain easily?

No, Techlam 3MM has a non-porous surface which prevents dirt, oils or liquids from penetrating. It is also resistant to stains and dirt in general. Soap and water is perfectly adequate for daily cleaning.

Does Techlam 3MMburn?

Techlam 3MMisfire-resistantand complies with the safety requirements for its use in public and private areas.

What tools should be used to drill Techlam 3MM?

Electric drills with WIDIA bits designed for ceramic products can be used with the hammer action turned off. The area being drilled must be cooled with water in order to prevent the temperature rising to the point where the bit melts. Diamond bits are also now available which are ideal for drilling this type of material. We always recommend that the hammer action be turned off.

Can Techlam 3MM be used for paving and cladding?

Techlam 3MM® can be used in different applications: cladding, wall covering, flooring, countertops, furnishing and fittings and ventilated facades

Can the 3mm thickness be used for flooring?

No. The type of application determines the thickness to be used