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Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador, 2008/08/12 - Manufacturing of concrete tiles, involves techniques and art, and in Onistone we take both of them seriously. We use the finest raw materials that passed through a rigorous quality control become a unique, modern and minimalistic look.
Slabs are casted into special molds designed and built by our technical staff. The molds provide the look and texture of the tile surface but also furnish its flatness. The mixture is vibrated to very high frequency, eliminating air bubbles and gravitating the finest particles to the bottom.
Slabs are then allowed to cure naturally under a controlled environment. After demolded manually, each slab is then cut to size using multi-head cutting machines which give all tiles its geometric precision. Once cut, each tile is then prepared and finished with a protective layer of a silicon based pre-sealer. This process allows us to offer an excellent product with an outstanding look and other important features:
Resistance: Concrete keeps curing and hardening for 70+ years which gives the tiles its resiliency and durability. Not a mystery why then all the large engineering projects rely on concrete: dams, the Panama Canal, skyscrapers, and many more.
Versatility: Concrete can be shaped and colored to satisfy the most whimsical tastes. Concrete tiles can be cut, sawed, sand-blasted, sanded, drilled, honed, ground or submitted to any mechanical treatment that fits the client's necessity. We can produce tiles with polished, matte or textured finishes.
Character: Even though concrete tiles can be compared to those manufactured from natural stone, concrete possesses a personality of its own. Its clean, modern and aesthetic look; its warmth; the way it absorbs sound waves; the way it treats the surrounding light helping architects and designers to create astounding atmospheres; all these make Onistone concrete tiles a unique piece of engineering.
Adaptability: Our concrete tiles can adapt to any climate and are not affected by freeze and thaw cycles. Our concrete tiles also adapt to different tastes and styles; to big and small areas; to classical or contemporary trends; to residential or commercial areas; to floor coverings or wall cladding; to pedestrian or vehicle traffic; to minimalist or sophisticated ambience.
Onistone tiles can be used for floor coverings and wall cladding; interior, exterior, residential & commercial.
Its physical properties make them ideal for heavy commercial traffic. Thickness will determine where to install it depending on the loads the floor is going to be submitted to.
For vehicle traffic, it is better to install smaller but thicker formats. All these features have made Onistone tiles a preferred option for stores, shopping malls and boutiques.
Thanks to its color stability and resistance to salt and chlorine, Onistone tiles can be used for exterior applications as well. Rough tiles, for example, fit perfectly in pool surrounds, patios, terraces and walkways.
Honed and matte finishes were designed for interior applications on almost every area of either residential or commercial projects. Thinner formats of Onistone can be used also for wall cladding and we can deliver big slabs to be cut by the customer.
In Onistone we care about the environment and we invite you to use a product that does not contribute to air, land or water pollution; not only because of the product itself but because of the whole process followed to manufacture it.
Concrete tiles are manufactured efficiently and cut from big slabs that are naturally cured. This allows us to have the lowest energy-input over area-output ratio in the industry. During the manufacturing process there is no emission of any greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.
The pigments and all the ingredients we use are completely natural and are free from lead and other heavy metals as well. The manufacturing process does not represent any health threat to our employees and once finished, the product is completely innocuous through its lifecycle.
In the process we use a minimum of 20% of recycled materials and our goal is to keep increasing that ratio in the next years. Our tiles are wet-calibrated while the mix is still fresh, thus reducing waist to the minimum expression and contrary to a post-cured mechanical calibration which uses water and produces undesired amounts of residues.
Our commitment to the environment reaches to our marketing efforts as we do not print brochures, flyers or product catalogues massively. Paper, at the end, can not reflect at all the texture of our products and even tend to distort its colors. We prefer electronic means to keep our customers informed and small sample chips to introduce our tiles to potential buyers.
Onistone tiles are a beautiful piece of work that can be defined by its simplicity. With a clean, minimalist, solid look and a palette of 25 colors, our Onistone collection is the best alternative for designers willing to create the boldest atmospheres. Onistone tiles play with light perfectly creating synergy with all the other decorative elements.