Why Large Format Porcelain Tiles
If you have already started shopping for tiles, you have probably noticed that today tiles come in bigger formats than they used to be ten years ago.
If you have 20″ x 20″ or smaller tiles in your home, you may be thinking that now it’s the time to upgrade the size and you are considering to go with 24″ x 24″ tiles. Well, we have to tell you that 24″ x 24″ is no longer an upgrade. It’s almost as old as 20″ x 20″ tiles now.
Today, the upgrade is 30″x 30″, 32″x 32″ or 24″ x 48″
Just like the Television industry: 15 years ago a 40″ screen tv was considered a big screen tv. Back in those days, many people thought that such a screen would be huge for their home. However, today most people have even bigger size tv’s in their bedrooms.
Besides the size, fancy features of tv industry such as smart tv, 4k, Dolby sound that became standard and affordable, fancy features of porcelain industry such as high definition inkjet print, polished finish, rectified edge became a standard and affordable.
Is Big Format Tile Better?
Big format tiles reduce the number of tiles to cover the floor. Therefore they decrease the grout and seam and bring a more spacious feel to the room.
Today you are shopping in the golden era of the porcelain industry. You may want to take advantage of it by choosing a big format tile.
Large Format Tile is the new big thing in the flooring industry. All modern factories across Europe are in the effort of carrying their best designs onto large format porcelain floor tiles, and to come up with the new ones in these formats.
Today, factories can make slab style porcelains at a gigantic size of 60″ x 120″.
All for one reason: Seamless Floors
The logic behind the large format porcelain tile is to cover the floor with the least amount of tiles. Less tile will make less seam and will have less grout.
Plus, the floors with larger tiles will feel more open and spacious.
Can We Install Large Tiles With Thin-set?
We believe regardless of size; tile installation requires well-leveled surfaces to prevent lip-page.
However, taking off the existant floor and leveling it before installing new floors may add almost $2.50 /sqft to the budget.
This is an extra cost that many people don’t have in their budget. So the answer is Yes. You can get away with thin-set if you are installing 30″ x 30″ tiles.
Sizes larger than 30″ x 30″ requires mud-set installation.
Does Large Format Tile Installation cost more money?
Not necessarily. Sizes like 30″ x 30″ and 24″ x 48″ are not new. They ‘ve been around for 3-4 years already, and they are becoming standard sizes in flooring by replacing 24′ x 24’ tiles. All the installers are pretty familiar with those sizes. When installing on a mud-bed, the price is the same or almost the same.
Is 16″ x 32″ a Large Format
No. 16″ x 32″ is a tricky size but not a large format tile. 32 inches sound big. That’s true. However, a 16″ x32″ tile covers less area than a 24″ x 24″ tile. If the goal is to cover the floor with the least amount of tiles, 16″ x 32″ is not a large format.