Large-Format Tiles – The New Trend
The current trend toward large format tile has presented new and challenging elements requiring additional skills and preparation techniques for the tiling installation professional. For example, the handling of contemporary, very large format tiles borrow techniques from the glass industry utilizing high vacuum suction handles to move and place tiles.
The elegant appearance of larger tiles requiring fewer and more narrow joints continues to drive popularity. The tiles are not only larger, with lengths in excess of 4’ (1.21 m) wide by 10’ (3.05 m), but thinner, with tile thicknesses of 1/8” (3 mm) being more common.