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Frequently asked questions about large formats

 

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FAQs on the laying of large formats

Large format tiles are tiles that are larger than the conventional standard tiles. Generally, they have an edge length of at least 60 cm or more. These tiles are often used in modern interiors and also in exteriors. They are available in different materials such as ceramic, porcelain, natural stone or concrete look.

Important information:

  • Size of at least 60 cm or larger

  • Used indoors and outdoors

  • Available in different materials such as ceramic, porcelain, natural stone or concrete look

Large format tiles offer a variety of benefits that make them a popular choice for modern architecture and interior design.

  • Fewer Grout Lines: Due to their size, large format tiles require fewer grout lines, resulting in a more seamless and aesthetically pleasing appearance. Fewer grout lines also mean less accumulation of dirt and bacteria.

  • Room appearance: using large tiles can help make a room appear visually larger, as fewer grout lines don't interrupt the look, creating a more cohesive area.

  • Easier cleaning: Fewer grout lines also mean that tile is easier to clean and maintain, as dirt and stains have fewer places to hide.

 

Important information:

  • Fewer grout lines result in a more seamless look

  • Visual enlargement of the space

  • Easier cleaning and maintenance

Yes, although large format tiles offer many advantages, there are also some disadvantages to consider.

  • Installation: Installing large format tiles requires experienced craftsmen and can be more difficult than installing smaller tiles. Proper alignment and avoidance of uneven surfaces are critical to a good result.

  • Risk of breakage: Large format tiles are more prone to breakage during transport and installation due to their size. It is important to be careful when handling and transporting.

  • Cost: Large format tiles can typically be more expensive than standard tiles. There may also be additional costs for installation by experienced craftsmen.

 

Important Information:

  • Experienced craftsmen required for installation

  • More susceptible to breakage during transportation and installation

  • Potentially higher cost compared to standard tiles

The installation of large format tiles requires careful preparations in order to achieve a successful result.

  • Subfloor inspection: The subfloor on which the tiles are to be laid must be prepared and checked for evenness. Uneven surfaces can lead to problems during installation and cracking.

  • Use of the correct adhesive: special tile adhesive for large format tiles is required to ensure that the tiles adhere well and do not break easily.

  • Dry fitting: Before final installation, tiles should be dry fitted to ensure the layout is correct and any cuts can be made.

 

Important Information:

  • Checking and preparing the substrate

  • Use of special tile adhesive for large format tiles

  • Dry adjustment of the tiles before the final installation

Proper care of large format tiles is crucial to maintain their beauty and durability.

  • Regular cleaning: dust, dirt and stains should be removed regularly with a mild detergent and a soft sponge or cloth.

  • Avoid scratches: avoid contact with sharp objects or rough materials to prevent scratches on the surface.

  • Professional Sealing: It is advisable to have Large Format Tile sealed by a professional from time to time to protect it from stains and moisture.

 

Important Information:

  • Regular cleaning with mild detergent.

  • Handle with care to avoid scratches

  • Professional sealing for added protection

Overall, large format tiles offer a modern and appealing option for interior and exterior design. Their size and reduced grout lines can create a seamless look and visually enlarge a space. However, their installation requires experienced craftsmen and careful preparation of the substrate. With proper care, however, large format tiles can retain their beauty for a long time and provide a stunning finish to any room.

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