Tiles come in a variety of shapes and sizes. What are large format tiles? What are the benefits of using large floor tiles? What should you keep in mind?
Large floor tiles, called large format tiles, are not simply what appears “big” to our eye. It refers to any tile that is 600x600mm and above. Some popular sizes are 750x750mm, 800x800mm, 600x1200mm and 750x1500mm.
What advantages do they provide? Large format tiles will help to make a room appear larger. How is that possible? This is because the larger the tiles, the less grout lines are needed. Fewer grout lines visually make the room seem to open up and be more streamlined. Are large tiles for you? Could be. Consider two important factors.
One, the floor tile should never be smaller than the wall tile. It will look visually unbalanced. So consider your wall tile, if any.
Secondly, large tiles are not one size fits all. Large floor tiles would be okay for, say, a family room, but in a tiny room it would look strange because you would only have a couple of tiles in the room.
There are other benefits to using large floor tiles if your room size allows for it. For example, have you ever had to spend a day cleaning grout lines? With larger tiles, there are fewer grout lines to clean, so you save time. Also, there is less cleaning product to purchase, which means you also save money. Morever, your installation will last longer. Another fact is that using large format tiles means you need less tiles. This can result in savings in time and energy as well.
Although they are called “large floor tiles” they can also be used on walls as long as they don’t clash with the size of the floor tiles. What’s the benefit? They have the same “enlarging” and “widening” effect that large tiles have on the floor.
What about a long hallway or a rectangular room? Using large tiles that are rectangular, allows you to lengthen these spaces like square tiles widen a room.
Keep in mind that your floor should be level before installing large format tiles. Smaller tiles may be able to disguise an uneven substrate, but with large floor tiles this unevenness will be noticeable because the tile will slope. Not only will this be a bit of an eye sore, but it will also be a tripping hazard.
At TFO we have a large selection of large floor tiles available to you in a variety of colours, patterns and finishes.
Visit the TFO showroom or buy tiles on our online tile store now.