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Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces™ features porcelain that performs and design that delivers for your walls, floors and countertops. This collection offers breathtaking views, stunning visuals and seamless design with no boundaries.

With Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces™, you have a unique opportunity to let your imagination run wild. If you’ve ever dreamt of using limestone slab in places limestone should never be used, Panoramic can help you make those dreams come true. Or, if you’ve ever wished you could bathe a room in marble, now you can create that look at a fraction of the cost.

Available in two collections:
Elemental Selection and Industrial Selection

SLAB SIZES
126" x 63" x 1/4" Rectified (160cm x 320cm x 6mm)
127" x 64" x 1/2" Not Rectified (163cm x 324cm x 12mm)
— approximately 10.5' by 5.3'

STANDARD SIZES AVAILABLE*
(6mm or 12mm)
 * Custom sizes as well as modular sizes for pattern installations available. All requests subject to minimum order quantities & lead times. Contact us for details & pricing.
** 126" x 63" for 6 mm and 127" x 64" for 12 mm

HANDLING & FABRICATIONTop

HANDLING
When receiving Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces in quantity for warehousing stock or for a project, you will need a forklift with 8-foot forks or 8-foot fork extensions. The panels will come packed on an A-frame. When offloading or loading A-frames, an Abaco glass lifter attached to a boom on a forklift or indoor crane is recommended. You should never attempt to lift or move porcelain panels with granite clamps!
If unpacking Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces off an A-frame, place a soft jaw clamp over the panels at one end to secure prior to removing factory banding/strapping. Panoramic slabs of 6mm thick weigh 2.92 lbs. per sq. ft. and panels of 12mm thick weigh 5.84 lbs. per sq. ft. The most common moving procedure for 6mm is two people equipped with the ETM grip or the ETM slide. With 12mm, you need at least 3 people equipped with the ETM grip. Additional option for handling 12mm, is using the ETM double slide with pump cups. Identify destination and have protection in place prior to moving. It’s a good idea to use corner protectors. Purpose-built tools are available for proper handling of Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces.

TRANSPORT
If picking up Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces at supplier’s facility, use a suitably sized A-frame that offers cushioned/proper protection at all contact points. Use suitably sized vehicle to house and carry the A-frame. Always strap Panoramic slabs to the A-frame and the A-frame to the vehicle. Never clamp Panoramic slabs during transport, as damage/breakage may result. Contractors can pick up Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces slabs at Daltile facilities as well as transport up to 30 pieces of 6mm slabs to the job site using the ETM Trailer Frame. For job site and shop movement, the ETM Transporter can store up to 16 pieces of 6mm, or 8 pieces of 12mm slabs. A-Frame’s are ideal for moving up to two slabs.

FABRICATION
The most important part of fabricating/cutting Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces is a flat, sturdy surface of supportive size. Tables designed for use with porcelain slabs are available.
For 6mm thickness, pre-application of 1/2" thick high-density foam backer board to support Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces is recommended prior to fabrication of sink holes or other at countertops, for rigidity and strength during installation. With the backer pre-installed, the fabricated countertops can be installed over 3/4" plywood set on top of cabinets.

For 12mm thickness, pre-application of 1/2" backerboard is recommended to support Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces over 3/4" plywood installed on cabinets. The backerboard provides additional support for aprons and turndown edges. Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces should not be applied directly to plywood attached to cabinets. 6mm and 12mm Panoramic slabs can be installed directly over existing natural stone and other solid surface tops. Standard cutting is easiest done by the score-and-break process for straight cuts. “L”, “U”, and dropout cuts first must have a hole drilled through the porcelain slab with a 3/16" diameter or larger porcelain stoneware drill bit at the beginning and end of each cut line to relieve the pressure and prevent cracking. Mitering is commonly performed when fabricating Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces for countertop use. Acrylic or epoxy can be used to bond miters. Miters must be filled completely in order to protect finished edge from chipping or breaking. Use color kit and match accordingly. If bonding/filling mitered edge of veined material, mix one color to match veining and another color to match body. Fill accordingly.

HANDLING AND FABRICATION TOOLS
There are tools made specifically for Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces. Stone cutting blades do not work with porcelain slabs, however the good news is specific porcelain blades are available for relatively the same cost as stone cutting blades. Porcelain slab tools are also mobile and require very little, if any additional training to operate.
Contact your local Stone Center for recommended Tool Manufacturers suitable for Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces.

KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL INSTALLATIONTop

Gauged Porcelain Slab installation requires particular attention to proper substrate preparation, grout joint sizing, trowel selection, and mortar coverage. It is critical that gauged porcelain slab be installed on a level substrate. Additionally, there must be at least 90% mortar contact, and the slab should be installed in accordance per the grout joint recommendations of each slab series. Refer to the published installation instructions prepared by your preferred manufacturer of setting materials for optimal tools and setting methods to achieve your desired result.

For proper bonding, LFT mortar must be used in installing tiles with a dimensional length greater than 15 inches on any one side of the tile. Back buttering slabs of this nature in the installation process will also assure proper coverage for bonding. For countertop applications using 6mm thickness, it’s recommended to apply a backer board prior to cutting, mitering, etc.

SEAMING
Seams can be installed using same process as natural stone tops, seam leveling tool, acrylic or epoxy for adherence. If backer board is used, make sure to bond backer board under porcelain at seam with proper adhesive.

INSTALLATION TIPS
  • Installation of Daltile’s Panoramic Porcelain Surfaces are basically the same as all other gauged porcelain slab, for floor and wall applications. Using proper tools is a must for a successful handling and installation.
  • Important install notes
– Substrate must be within 1/8" variance in 10 feet.
– LFT mortar must be used with zipper notch type trowels.
– Back butter all slab for complete mortar coverage.
– Lippage control device system must be used on all joints.
– De-airing with beating block on walls and walking on from center out on floors, to ensure complete mortar coverage
  • Handling
– Pick materials up with grip and suction cup, minimum three people.
– It ’s big, it ’s lightweight but it requires the right tools to handle it. Safety first.
– Equipment to help with transport, handling, cutting, fabrication, delivery and installation.

VERTICAL WALL
  • Handling both 6mm and 12mm
  • Accessories required for handling slab
  • Substrate and substrate preparation
  • Strict flatness requirements related to 6mm
  • Trowel-applied patching compound, waterproofing and crack isolation membranes
  • Selecting right installation product or project

COUNTERTOP
  • Handling both 6mm and 12mm
  • Standard tooling
  • Continuous rim porcelain blades only, not to exceed 5-inch diameter in hand-held tools. For larger shop saws, maximum 9-inch diameter – Grinding Discs (refining and trimming edges) – Silicon Carbide and Felt Polishing pads – Acrylic or Epoxy w/color matching pigments – Standard Core Drill bits
  • Sinks – Under Mount, Over Mount and Flush
  • Substrate required
  • Seaming procedure for countertop
  • Mitered Edge Profiling – good training and education very important

HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS RECOMMENDED FOR DAILY USE:
  • Windex
  • Baking Soda
  • Ammonia
  • Lysol Gel with Magic Eraser for tough stains
  • Brasso gel with Magic Eraser for metallic stains or marks
  • All PH neutral cleaners

Panoramic is resistant to heat, stains, scratches and household chemicals.