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.
ABKStone slabs are among the largest porcelain tiles available on the market, measuring 5 1/4 x 10 1/2 feet. They are extremely hard-wearing and resistant to scratching, staining, extreme heat and chemical abrasions.
La Jolla is known for its prominent seaside location in California. Occupying seven miles of curving coastline along the Pacific Ocean, the majority of homes in the community showcase panoramic views of the ocean.
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 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!