What is Sintered Ceramic?

There are times we are asked “what is sintered ceramic?” so we thought we would help explain that to you today. You may have also heard it called man-made stone, artificial stone, sintered stone or ultra-compact surface.

Sintered ceramic is formed by heat and extreme pressure without melting to the point of liquefaction. Simplified, it is an accelerated version of what happens in nature over millions of years to create natural stone.

The process relies on using natural materials, ground down to small particles and then compacted under heat and pressure.

It starts with natural ingredients such as: Silica, Quartz, Feldspars, Clays and Mineral pigments.

The mix of powdered or sand materials determines strength, hardness, chemical stability, and workability. The ingredients are processed under extreme heat and a pressure of more than the weight of the Eiffel Tower to form one solid slab. It is fired in the kiln/oven at 1200 degrees to dry out and in doing so is baked and the particles are fused together.

Because the slab is made from natural materials, it is UV resistant. And, because it is put under such pressure and heat, it is highly resistant to scratching, extreme temperatures, water and stains. To find out more about Ceramitex – Sintered Ceramic Facade System go to our contact page and send us a message today.

 

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Hello and welcome to today’s episode. Today we are going to talk about exterior corners.
Here at Elemex, we prefer mitered corners on all our surfaces. As you can see by the examples, the mitered corner gives a striking dimensional appearance to any returning edge.

Open or butt corners are often used in the industry and here are a few samples of what that might look like.
The negatives about an open corner are that you can see into the system and see the insulation or framing behind the panels. This takes away from the exterior appearance.

Also an open joint system allow a lot more moisture into the system as snow and rain can go directly into the wall cavity.
Our prefabricated panels will keep your corners looking straight and not have to deal with lining up miters on site during installation.

What is Corten? Weathered steel is often referred to as corten and it usually takes 2-4 years to reach the rusty patina look.
Here is an example of an untreated piece of metal that has been exposed to moisture. As you can see – the material can be affected and stained by moisture or oils.

Another issue with the corten steel is that it can lead to rust staining on other parts of your building nearby.
You have probably noticed buildings with the look of corten as the rust develops naturally. The issue is that sometimes it is so unpredictable and uneven that it makes the building look shabby instead of aged. There are products on the market that can replicate the look without the mess and unforeseeable outcome.

Ceramitex includes an Iron Corten pattern that you could use on your building. It is very durable and has the look of corten from day one with the bonus of not fading or changing over time. As you can see how easily damaged real corten can get damaged versus Ceramitex.

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Today we are going to discuss the definition of efflorescence. Efflorescence occurs when salt migrates to the surface of a porous material like concrete, brick, stone or stucco and forms a coating. Salt that is dissolved in water or another liquid solution will move to the porous surface and then evaporate which leaves a coating of salt. It sometimes travels through the masonry or other construction material and occasionally it is already in the material and the water penetrates and moves it to the surface. This crystalline deposit of salts may appear white or have a grayish tint and often sparkles a bit.

The word efflorescence means “to flower out” in French and in these cases it is salt flowering out of the surfaces. These are samples of primary efflorescence which causes staining. Sub-efflorescence, also known as spalling, is much more expensive to fix and we cover that issue in another episode. Cleaning of the surface is often temporary and not necessarily a cure for future recurrence.

Using a facade like Ceramitex is a way of avoiding the issue altogether. The sintered ceramic is not porous like many masonry materials and repels water from the surface.

To see more about the Ceramitex or other Elemex facade systems, visit our website or contact a representative for more information.

Today we are going to talk about the definition and comparison of spalling. Spalling is the pitting, flaking, delaminating or cracks that appear in concrete or bricks when the temperature goes below freezing and the moisture trapped inside expands. It can even be caused by the embedded steel reinforcement bars corroding and causing stress on the surrounding concrete. Over the course of years this will worsen and could even lead to structural issues.

Spalling is not attractive and makes a building look unmaintained. It could potentially be hazardous as falling debris or trip hazards and the appearance lowers the value of the property.

Ceramitex – sintered ceramic facade system is a perfect choice for a durable exterior that won’t crack or delaminate as the sintering process of high heat and pressure doesn’t allow moisture to penetrate the surface. It is also graffiti, scratch and impact resistant.

To see more about the Ceramitex or other Elemex facade systems, visit our website or contact a representative for more information.

Today we are going to discuss color trends. We thought we would share some of our favorite and trending colors and tell you a bit about them.

Ceramitex is offered in solid colors, some that appear to be marble and others even look like wood. Some of the colors currently trending are Iron Corten and Trilium. The Satin finish is highly resistant and ideal for commercial applications.

Stonitex is our natural stone façade made of a granite surface. Some of the colors currently trending are American Black, Cambrian Black & Bethel White, some real classics.

You can see how well the various colors work with metal or stone surfaces.

With the colors of aluminum plate virtually endless and the ability to mix with natural stone as well, there are so many beautiful combinations available. Which combination will you choose?

For more information on color availability, visit our website or contact a representative for more information.

Today we will be talking about our Tru-90 -our precision route & return fabrication process for aluminum plate. This  delivers a superior aesthetic that requires no welding or grinding.

You can see the traditional Bullnose Edge which was the conventional method. This method is more labor involved and expensive as it requires welding and grinding.

Now we offer the Tru-90 Edge which is a more modern innovation for a clean finished look to the project. It also allows for a variety of facade panels including sintered ceramic, ACM, and natural stone to share the same look with a sharp clean edge on the return.

If you would like to find out more information about Tru-90 Aluminum Plate – you can contact a representative today.

A surface that is a challenge to keep clean can be frustrating so when it comes to your exterior cladding choice, we want to offer a durable product that is easy to maintain. Ceramitex -Sintered Ceramic Facade System does not require any special care and it is very easy to keep clean.

General cleaning just involves washing with water or a diluted, household detergent such as dishwashing liquid, which is enough to restore the surface to its original condition. Occasionally deeper cleaning might be needed especially following installation when cement may be left on the surface. Power washing at medium pressure is also an effective way of removing any deposits of dirt and grime.

Not all building facades warrant the same amount of care and attention. A buildings location, function, geographic and atmospheric conditions all play roles in determining the level of cleaning effort necessary to achieve the desired appearance.

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