Most hotels in Las Vegas are over the top. From the elaborate designs of ground-level casinos to the intricate details throughout various public areas and guestrooms, each property has its own pizazz. It is Las Vegas, after all, where no idea is too big or too small.
Professionals who can set evenly spaced, lippage-free tile take pride in their work — and they should. Professional results come from many years of accidentally kicking over your spacer bucket, irritatingly scattering knee shrapnel all over your workspace.
Gauged porcelain tile panels/slabs (GPTP) are gaining a lot of traction in the tile and stone industries as of late. The large-format materials, which are technically defined as tiles measuring 1 x 1 meter (40 x 40 inches) or larger, have been creating a lot of buzz in the marketplace lately.
Infinity Surfaces are slightly larger than 5 x 10 feet with 6, 12 and 20 mm options for a wide variety of applications. The line offers an enormous range of 32 colors and styles, inspired by natural materials like marble, stone, wood, concrete, metal and terrazzo.
Fincibec Group’s Over brand produces large-format porcelain slabs for modern architectural solutions. The largest size, 63 x 126 inches (12-mm-thick), can be used to cover floors, walls, and custom furnishings like bathroom and kitchen countertops, tables, doors and shelves.
An offshoot of the Emilgroup brand, Level is dedicated to the production of large-format porcelain tiles. The slabs are available in two sizes: 63 x 126 inches rectified (6 1/2-mm-thick) and 63 3/4 x 128 inches unrectified (12-mm-thick).
Story Teller porcelain tile collection by Crossville weaves the antique art of cerusing with modern digital technology to achieve a light-and-dark wood grain appearance in 48-inch plank tiles. The line comes in four pairs of colors that invite built-in coordination for wall-to-floor or floor-to-floor transitions.
Coverings 2012 -- held last month at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL -- did not disappoint with its numerous displays of tile introductions. The diverse array of product lines ranged from large-format porcelain to wood-look tiles to glass mosaics. Here is just a glimpse of the latest developments that were showcased:
In this issue of TILE Magazine, we have tile installation case studies from Portland, OR, Milwaukee, WI, New York, NY, Tromsø, Norway, and Las Vegas, NV. Take a look at this month's Technical Focus on lippage-free tile installation, read the latest Contractor Spotlight, and much more!