Large format tiles can give you the impression of a bigger space since they come in sizes of 18, 24 and even 48 inches, which ideally works best in an open space. Tiles can come in several different shapes, but mainly square or rectangular. For each of the two shapes, a large tile is considered the one that has more than 15 inches on any side. Installing large tiles becomes easier if you follow some key tips:
1. Check the Surface for Flatness
Before you install any tiles, make sure that the surface you are installing the tiles on is completely flat. The flatness requirements for large tiles are stricter, but there are advanced technologies that allow us today to obtain a perfectly flat surface. It also makes grouting easier and the tiles easier to clean during the installing process.
2. Always Use a Medium Bed Mortar
You should use a medium bed mortar that was made specifically for installing large tile. It has the right thickness and can provide the right support. Nothing is worse than using the wrong mortar and having tiles fall out of place soon after the installing process, which can lead to having to reinstall the tiles all over again properly.
3. You Can Save Time and Money by Using a Large Notch Trowel
The bigger the tiles, the more mortar you need to apply. For this reason alone you want to make sure you have a large premium notch trowel tool to make the application process faster and easier. It also helps the mortar spread evenly so the tiles stick better to it.
4. The Dimensions of Large Tiles can be Inconsistent
From tile to tile, you will see variations in size for small details like joints. In order to get a proper installation, you need to have a minimum of 1 /16 inch joint and at least three times the tile variance.
5. The Larger the Tiles are, the Larger the Variance of Flatness
Large tiles can have a flatness variance, which can be tested if you place one flipped upside down on a flat surface. When you press on each of the tiles corners, you may see a difference. If the tile doesn't have the right flatness you desire you can toss it aside and find one that is flatter to keep the installing process going smoothly and help the tiled area come out properly.