Large format tiles have been a popular trend in the interior design world for years, but now, we’re seeing even larger tiles make their way onto the scene. In fact, tile sizes have grown so large that 12 x 24 inch tiles—which were originally considered to be large format—are eclipsed by even bigger sizes. With an uptick in the desire for large tiles, some manufacturers carry porcelain slabs that are 50 x 120 inches!
These large tiles lead to cleaner and more seamless-looking surfaces, and a hidden benefit is that they involve less grout. Minimal grout joints and a sleek and sexy look. What’s not to love? Well, with great size comes great responsibility.
Larger tiles are more difficult to handle and are therefore more difficult to cut. They can also be somewhat warped due to their lengthiness, which would be noticeable at the grout joints—not great when you’re going for a clean, smooth look. Although our tile setters can do their best to mud them as evenly as possible, the joints might still appear uneven.
Because of these issues, labor to install extra large format tiles runs a little higher than normal. Extra large installation can be done; it just might cost some extra money.
We would be happy to walk you through some options for your next tile project, be it a kitchen, bath, or mudroom. We have a talented staff with (extra large) creative brains to help you design and build your next project. Contact us to find out more.
By Amy Etz