Five years ago when I began working at TILE Magazine, I remember one of the first articles I edited, which focused on “thin porcelain tile” (TPT) and “thin porcelain tile panels” (TPTP). A new category of material at that time in 2014, TPT was defined as porcelain tiles that spanned 1 square meter in outer dimension, while TPTP were defined as pieces that exceeded 1 square meter. In all cases, tile that was at least 6-mm-thick or less was designated as “thin.”
In the article, “Considerations still being taken for thin porcelain tile,” Noah Chitty and Tim Bolby from Crossville discussed how pertinent it was to develop the proper product standards so TPT and TPTP would be specified and installed correctly, which was the biggest hurdle during their introduction. There was no guide for designers, installers and even consumers as to how to transport, handle or install the large-format material, leaving contractors to just “figure it out” and thus, upcharge between 50-300% for certain jobs. Since the material was rapidly growing and being specified all over the country, Chitty and Bolby strived to clarify the confusion behind the material with their detailed “how-to” guide, which described the proper receiving and handling, cutting and installation methods.