Large Format Tile
When to use large format tile for a project involves large surface areas such as wall or floor tiles, you might be asking yourself “Is large format tile expensive?” This is a valid concern if cost is a major consideration when doing remodeling.
Large format tile is fired at very high temperatures, which allow it to be much more durable and resistant to chipping and cracking. Unlike ceramic tile and slate tile, large format tile can be installed with or without mortar. One common installation technique for large format tile is called rolled edge application where the edge of the large tile is installed using rolling tools to create a smooth and flat edge along the back of the large tile. Rolled edge application is best used with large tiles that have a consistent width and height.
It should be noted that rolled edge applications are best used by installers who have some professional experience. The large tile should be laid on its side with a similar straight edge so the edges will be even after the tile is installed. The most common mistakes with rolled edge applications is over laying of the tiles, poor preparation of the subfloor and excess jointing. Other mistakes include installing tiles too close together, using the wrong jointing techniques or using a wrong type of jointing.
Another common installation technique for large tiles is called grouting. Grouting is the practice of filling in gaps between tiles by using a special type of mortar. This technique is best used when there is limited room to maneuver because the grout lines are close together. Grouting can be used for single, large tiles or for installing multiple smaller tiles in close together sets.
When installing single large tiles, it is best to prepare the subfloor. One way to prepare the subfloor is to use a trowel to make a large circular border. The use of a carpeted area for preparing the subfloor is not recommended as the larger tiles would chip if applied over a carpet. An alternative preparation method would be to sweep the floor smooth and then mop it. When cleaning the floor, it is recommended to use a wet mop to avoid scratches. When installing ceramic tile, ceramic tiles can be installed up to three times using a fitted tile, wall and ceiling jointing techniques or using trowels.
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