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Large Format Porcelain Tile FAQ February 26, 2018

Are you curious about incorporating large format tile in your home on the floors or walls? The larger size is all the rage today, and it’s easy to see why, but how does the larger format size impact installation?

At Lexmar, we’ve been helping homeowners incorporate tile in spaces you would be amazed with. Here are the commonly asked questions.

How big is “Large Tile Format”?

Any stone or tile with at least one edge longer than 12” or 15” is considered large format.

What styles does large tile format come in?

You can find large tile format at Lexmar in a vast array of options, from traditional to modern and intricate to sleek. The sizes vary and the application too! Want to use them on your walls? You’ll be impressed by the incredible versatility of large tile format.

What is the standard for large tile format installation?

Porcelain and natural stone tile manufacturers recommend you use a polymer modified mortar. At Lexmar, we use special polymers that only require water onsite. Pick up the phone or stop in to learn more about how we do it.

What adhesive and tools are needed to install?

To keep the tile true to adjacent tiles, we recommend a medium-bed mortar when installing large format tile over the thin-set mortar, which tend to shrink, to avoid uneven finishes or cracks. As for other requirements, such as size trowel, the larger option will be less expensive and less time consuming.

Truth be told, large tile format can be tricky to install for the inexperienced. You need the full mortar transfer from the substrate to the back of the tile. You need the right setting bed. You don’t want to be monkeying with resetting tile. You don’t want air pockets.

Is your head spinning? Have no fear, give Lexmar a call. We do it all when it comes to large tile format: from replacing your existing flooring, vertical applications and suspended, and to tiling high-traffic areas of your home.

Lexmar has you covered

From aesthetics to installation, the world of tiling smiled a little brighter with the introduction of the larger tile format. We’re thrilled to be able to offer this new design format to you. Call us today to learn more about how your home can be enhanced with large format porcelain.