Altro Whiterock and ceramic tile test results

We’ve extensively tested Altro Whiterock so its strong points are proven.

Better hygiene – watertight and fully sealed

  • Ceramic tiles with standard grouting absorb significant amounts of water, compromising hygiene; Altro Whiterock doesn’t absorb a drop, and is compliant with the European Directive on the Hygiene of Foodstuffs

Higher durability – doesn’t crack

  • Altro Whiterock wall sheets have extremely high resistance to impact according to BS EN438-2-1991 Drop Ball Test. Impacts that leave ceramic faces damaged and vulnerable to water ingress barely make a scratch on this tough surface
  • The same is true for the sheet’s thermoformed corners – an area where ceramic tiles are particularly vulnerable
  • Altro Whiterock also has an excellent fire rating: Class 1 and Class 0; BS476, Parts 6 and 7; B-S3-D0, EN13501-1

Better appearance – resistant to damage

  • Independent tests were carried out where Altro Whiterock and ceramic tiles were subjected to five hairline scratches, five point impacts with a dropped small kitchen knife, and a combination of three scratches and two point impacts. Water was then applied to the front face and ingress measured after 24 hours. Unlike the tiled surface, no damage was visible on Altro Whiterock after this treatment
  • Altro Whiterock provides a smooth, tough, durable, stain-resistant surface with good chemical resistance

Lower life cycle costs – fewer maintenance needs

  • The lifetime cost (over 25 years) of Altro Whiterock is 20% lower than ceramic tiles. This is because ceramic tiles produce maintenance problems that Altro Whiterock doesn’t – such as staining, grout cracking and individual tile failure. And because Altro Whiterock creates fewer issues, there is less need to spend time and money inspecting surfaces

HACCP approval

  • HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point – it’s an internationally-recognised and recommended system of food safety management
  • HACCP is a legal requirement in Europe
  • You can contribute to your HACCP conformity and reduce your hazard risk by selecting Altro Whiterock hygienic wall sheets and Altro resilient flooring for kitchens and hygienic environments.