Large Format Tile
When upgrading to new floors, most people are aware that new tiles are always bigger than the time when they had theirs installed. However, they don’t know what are the popular sizes that we have today.
If you have 20×20 or smaller tiles in your home, you may be thinking that 24×24 is a size upgrade.
Well, we have to tell you that 24×24 is no longer an upgrade. It’s almost as old as 20×20 tiles now. Today, tile sizes got much bigger. The upgrade is 30×30, 32×32, 24×48, 30×60 and 48×48.
If you think that these tiles are too big and your floors are not big enough, We have to tell you that the size of the tile has nothing to do with the size of the floors.
No matter how big is the tile, floors are much bigger than the tiles.
For a minute, imagine that you wanted to cover your 10×10 bedroom with carpet. However, there isn’t a single roll big enough to cover your bedroom. What would you do? Would you choose the biggest available pieces of carpet or would you pick small pieces?
Same as the carpet analogy, tile is a floor covering material. Using the biggest tiles is the best way to cover our floors. So that we can get rid of the grout as much as possible and we can reduce the seam to create a spacious feel which is the ultimate goal of all of us.
When it comes to wall tiles, large format tiles sizes are 10×30, 12×36, 16×48 and over.
Does The Installation of Large Format Tiles Cost More?
Regardless of the size, tiles should be installed over well-leveled floors. This is ideal. However, leveling floors prior to installation (Mud-set) adds about $1 per square foot and If there is an existent tile floor, Mud-set also requires the removal of existing tiles. Removal includes dumping of the old tiles and it adds another dollar or $1.25 per square foot to the cost.
Therefore, thin-set installation and tile over tile installations are very common applications when installing new tiles.
Even it’s not ideal, a large format tile such as 30×30 can be installed on thin-set just like old 24×24 tiles. However, the installation of tiles larger than 30×30 require leveling with mortar-mix(mud-set installation)
Large format tiles cover more space per piece, therefore the installation goes faster.
Let’s say: you have 600 square feet area to tile. You would need 150 pieces of 24×24 tiles. But with the new tiles, this amount is now 100 pieces of 30×30 tiles or 75 of 24×48 tiles. The installer will finish the job much faster. Besides, bigger tiles don’t cause more waste. On the contrary, they yield more cut pieces.
32×32 Tile Core White$2.49
High-End Porcelain Tile 24×48 Agra D’Oro$4.89
White Marble Look 24×48 Taj Mahal$2.39
Big White Tile Blanco Venatino 24×48$3.49
White Dolomite Tile From La Fabrica$4.39
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