Large Format Tiles
Large format tile is defined as anything over 15 inches. Whether you’re talking about a wood-look tile plank that’s 6 x 36 inches or a 24 x 24 porcelain tile, large format is the hottest way to incorporate tile into your home design.
It does require some forethought and special consideration when installing, but is well worth the time. It can make a small room seem larger, introduce modern styling to your floor, or cover a wall with elegance. Here are three reasons you must consider large format.
Fewer Grout Joints
Larger tiles mean fewer grout joints and that does several things for you.
• Seams shrink your space. The more lines you have in your space the smaller it can look.
• Fewer joints means decreased cost for grout.
• Less cleaning and sealing of grout initially and over time.
Daltile recommends that large format tiles have a grout joint of at least 3/16 of an inch. Be aware that all tiles move a bit as they settle. Make sure to follow manufacturer directions for installation to avoid buckling and edges that are not level.
The rectangle is one of the most popular tile shapes today. They are extremely versatile and work in several different patterns like the grid and brick joint. They cover a good amount of space and introduce classic yet modern style to your space.
All large format tiles, regardless of shape, must be installed on a level substrate and require at least 90% mortar contact for a successful installation. Check manufacturer directions for recommendations on mortar. Usually a medium-bed mortar is required for tiles longer than 20 inches.
Plank style tiles make wood-look tile more realistic and even offer plank sizes that are difficult to find in hardwood. Wood is prone to warping far more than tile is and tile can make a great alternative to wood, especially if you love wide planks. A six or eight inch plank gives an old-world or rustic look that really adds to your design but won’t add to the required maintenance.
Many planks are rectified tile, which means the edges are very precise. Precise edges allow you to have a much narrower grout joint for a realistic wood look.