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Can I Use A Large Porcelain Tile?

Twenty years ago when I started in flooring choosing tile was much easier. We had 8×8 for the floors and 4×4 for the walls. Maybe 6 colors for the floor and about the same for the wall. But today the options are enormous, at ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings we have a minimum of twenty Vendors with over a hundred SKU’s (stock-keeping unit) with multiple sizes and colors in each one.

Large Format Tiles are very much in Style right now and the trend seems to be getting larger. We see sizes anywhere from 12×24, 20×20 and 24×24. Some of the Rectangular tiles are coming even larger. I have also been seeing more Vendors showing some wood look tiles in 6×36.

wood look large format tiles

A lot of the questions I hear are usually about the size of the room. Most people think their rooms are too small for a large tile. My rule of thumb is that I like to get at least three tiles across. any fewer and I believe you loose the beauty of the tile. You can’t see the patterns or shade variances very well with fewer then three tiles. I really like the larger body tiles. One of my favorite things is that if you have more tile on the floor, you must have less grout joints.

Large Format Tile

With Tiles that come in larger formats they tend to have a lot more varying sizes which will allow you to make different patterns. I use a three tile pattern fairly often, but depending on the sizes available there are many different Design possibilities.

large format pattern

Some advantages of having large format tile installed include;
1.Narrow grout joints – rectified, large format tile allows for thinner grout joint widths
2.Easier maintenance – it is typically much easier to clean the face of tile than it is to clean grout.
3.Room size perception – the perception is that large tile makes the room in which it is installed appear larger

large body 3 size pattern tileBut large-format tile also has its installation challenges. Working with large-format porcelain tile requires closer tolerances in the subfloor, its weight makes it harder to handle in both floor and wall applications. Advanced installation materials and techniques have improved the overall quality of large-format tile installations while helping to improve the installer’s efficiency. Keeping up with the latest in products and techniques will help installers produce aesthetically pleasing – and profitably installed – walls and floors.

In order to get a quality Installation, you need an Installer who knows how to lay large format tile and is willing to take the time necessary to do the job correct. This means they need to be familiar with ANSI Standards and proper Installation Techniques. A large format Porcelain Tile does require a more level and flat surface to be installed on and may not be used in every application. If my floor was not level enough to use a large format tile, I would fix that issue first anyway. To find a quality Tile Installation Crew call your local ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings Store and see if they could provide you with names of individuals that could handle your project. ProSource has hundreds of Members that are first rate, quality Installers, and the Member could allow you to purchase at Wholesale Prices through their Account. Each Member at ProSource has Automatic Price Protection, guaranteeing you the lowest price everyday!

large body wall tileI like to use a 12×24 for a shower wall or bathroom floor. Glass Lineal Mosaics make a great accent in the shower using 12×24’s vertically.

12x24 vertical


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What Should I Do With My Bathroom ?

When you begin remodeling or designing your new bathroom or Spa, here are a few suggestions for selecting the right product that will be up to date and appealing .

Tile never goes out of style.

Natural Stone has a soft inviting feel for that Mediterranean Spa look. Travertine is one of the most common Natural Stone used. The stone is characterized by pitted holes and troughs in its surface. Although these troughs occur naturally, they suggest signs of considerable wear and tear over time. Some installers use a grout to fill the holes, whereas others leave them open — travertine can be purchased “filled” or “unfilled.” It can also be polished to a smooth, shiny finish, and comes in a variety of colors from grey to coral-red.


Travertine comes in many shapes and sizes giving multiple options in the design of your Shower.

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Travertine with Mosaics

Mosaics make a nice accent in the shower.

Travertine Oval Bath

These 3×6 and 2×2 make nice accents around this tub surround.

Travertine comes in various sizes.

Travertine is tough against wear and tear primarily because of its construction. It’s a sedimentary stone formed in and around hot springs from calcite deposition and is then compressed over time. This type of limestone can come in a variety of colors, from ivory to coral red. Travertine is an adaptable material that can practically be used in any room, from floors to walls because of its durability and beauty.

After travertine has been installed, there are a few tips on how to maintain this stone over time. Travertine can be relatively easy to keep beautiful and scratch-free with floor mats and routine dust mopping. As long as you don’t use cleaners containing acid, your travertine floor or backsplash should look flawless for years to come.

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carrara shower small

Use Marble for a clean and elegant look. Marble is available in multiple sizes and coordinates well with polished porcelain. The light color of Carrara Marble creates the illusion of more space in smaller settings.

In its purest calcite form, marble takes on a creamy white hue, while marble that features hematite is known to take on a reddish tint. Other minerals, including limonite and serpentine, produce yellow and greenish hues, respectively.

Forged from limestone that was heated and pressurized in the core of the Earth’s crust, marble is one of the most luminous and visually stunning materials that you can use for your home flooring installation.

Nothing says opulence or exudes sheer lavishness like cool marble flooring throughout a home’s interior. While marble may require extra care, the unparalleled appeal of this elegant substance makes it well worth the effort. Ranking as a 4 on Moh’s scale of hardness, marble may not be as hard as diamond or quartz, but its resiliency makes it a solid flooring choice to withstand regular wear-and-tear.

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wood look 13x36 porcelain

For a bold rustic look a Tile that looks like Wood is great to create a relaxed casual effect.

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porcelain tile

For a Contemporary look use large format size porcelain tile like Porcelanosa’s Casona Cantagno, with a rectified edge this will allow a minimal grout joint allowing for a smooth flowing, seamless application.

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