Large tile flooring in an exciting feature. Let us explain why?
So the day has come, and you are finally ready to dive into your flooring selection process. As you start clicking through the options, maybe you are realizing that there is a lot more to floor tile than just colors or patterns. From materials, to size, etc. there is a lot to take in and process. Often when consulting with designers and homeowners, we find that tile size is one of the more significant aspects of design that needs to be considered. From grout lines, to visual appeal, the size of your tile can have a huge impact on the resulting look in a space. This brings us to large tile flooring.
Every day more people are choosing large tile flooring for their interiors including relatively small areas such as kitchen and bathrooms. Newest tiles and designs are only available in large sizes. In every international flooring show, everybodys’ focus is on large format. But, what happened to the old tiles? Why tiles are becoming bigger and bigger?
First of all, the new tiles are being big is not like your new pair of shoes are being two size too big for your foot and you have to return them. No matter how big is the tile’s size, it’s still much smaller than your floors that your installer will cover with your new tiles. If He uses big tiles, He will use fewer tiles to cover the area. If He uses small tiles, then, He’ll use more tiles to cover the same area. Since the number of tiles on the floor is what causes the grout, fewer tiles will yield minimum grout lines. Fewer grout lines will result in a cleaner look and a more spacious feel in the room. Isn’t it good? Besides, the design flows better on a larger canvas. Just like painting.
Unlike most people would think, large format tile has been around for more than 15 years in the form of expensive marble tiles. A 36″x36″ or 48″x48″ marble or even larger slabs used to be the only preference for expensive, high-end floors and bathroom walls. Back then it wasn’t possible to produce porcelain tiles larger than 24″x24″. Besides, prior to inkjet printing and polished finish, porcelain tile was only a cheap alternative to natural marble. Nobody thought that porcelain tile would be suitable for expensive houses.
South Florida is the heart of tile business in our country. Flooring trends start here and spread to the rest of the nation beginning from NY. If you’re shopping for a flooring project in our area, you are already aware that most people are suggesting large tiles and there are fewer samples of 24″x24″ tiles in tile stores. You may want to listen to them. Today, we all want less clutter and open spaces in our interiors. Along for that purpose, large tile flooring is an excellent way to bring an open space feel to the interiors. Take advantage of the abundance of large format floor tiles with the nation’s most competitive prices. We’re already getting lots of interest in our large tiles from other states where customers can’t find the same selection or the same competitive prices that we have here.
Compare the pictures of two floors with the same type of tiles in different sizes. The floors in the first picture have 24″x24″ tiles. The floors in the second picture have 30″x30″ tiles.
See the diagram showing Grout Lines with 24×24 and 30×30 tiles on the same size floors.
Porcelain tiles starting from 30″x30″ size up to 36″x36″ size are the ones what we call large. Tiles, bigger than the 36″x36″ size are those that we call extra-large or jumbo-size tiles.
The most frequent question that we get from our customers is: should I buy 24″x 48″ or 30″x 30″ or go for a bigger size like 48″x48″ or 30″x60″? What size is more popular? When remodeling the floors, beside the price of the tile, the cost of the installation, along with the costs setting materials are the factor that we have to consider. Whereas, the cost of the tile gets higher as the size gets bigger, most contractors would charge the same for 24″x48″, 30″x 30″,and 32″ x 32″ size tiles. However, extra-large tiles would bring extra installation costs. Because these tiles require more man power to lay and more setting materials to level. Also, extra-large tiles require apps 5% more waste factor for the cuts as opposed to standard 10% waste of the larges ones. What we can tell from what see from our customers, large sizes are more popular than extra-large sizes for they cost less and their installation cost less. On the other hand, if the extra cost of installation for 30″x 60″ or 48″ x 48″ is within the budget, bigger is definitely better.