When 8” x 8” tiles were considered large and mosaics were common, rectangular tiles enjoyed great popularity. As 12” x 12” tiles came to dominate, rectangular tiles were less often seen. Today, due to continuing advances in manufacturing technology, there has been a surge and rejuvenation of their popularity.
In its half-century of existence, revisions to the Robinson Floor Test method have been minor. This speaks to the method’s success as a reliable predictor of a floor assembly’s performance in real-world applications.
years, tile and installation material manufacturers have made energy and
resource conservation a priority. Tile is made from natural materials for which
there are virtually endless supplies. The acquisition of these raw materials
does not require the intense demolition of naturally thriving habitats.
This is the second article of a two-part series pertaining to large format tile. In the December 2008 article, we provided a brief background of large format tile, and discussed its increasing popularity. In this article, we will discuss the extra precautions that should be taken when considering and installing large format tile.
article, the first of a two-part series pertaining to large format tile, will
provide the background behind large format tile, and discuss the science behind
the “trendy” and increasingly popular use of such products.
With ceramic tiles, as with
many products, consumers expect dimensional consistency from one tile to
another. Green-body (unfired) tiles within the same product line are nearly
identical in size when they exit an extruder or press. However, shrinkage
during drying and firing results in variability of facial dimensions from one
tile to another.
once it represented only a small percentage of the total ceramic tile sales in
the United States, some estimate that it now represents more than 50 percent of
all U.S ceramic tile sales. In fact, the word “porcelain” has developed a
cachet unto itself.
In this issue of TILE Magazine, we spoke with various professionals in the industry about Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels/Slabs (GPTP) and what the future holds for the innovative, trending products. One of the issue’s installation case studies, “An Attention-Grabbing Design,” features these larger-than-life products in a residential setting, highlighting their advantages. Also make sure to check out our Contractor Spotlight with Ken Ballin, owner of Skyro Floors in New Jersey, and much more!