Historically it was never possible to have extra large tiles due to the sheer weight of the product. The weight would put an unbearable amount of pressure on the slab, resulting them to break and bow when manufactured.
Over the last five or so years, there have been two major developments from the porcelain world, specifically from the factories based in Italy and Spain, who are the leaders in the category.
First their digital printing capabilities…
Like our printers at home but scaled up to an industrial level. Imagine a piece of raw porcelain rolling through a digital printer. As we all know there are the good, the bad and the ugly. Product which are pixelated are not any good to us, especially when porcelains mostly imitate the natural beauty of a raw material such as stone, slate or marble. The huge investment these factories put behind their printers is significant, and this can be clearly seen through the quality of their products.
The second major development is manufacturing large porcelain slabs…
Anything from 600x1200mm plus……can you believe you can buy sheets of up to 1600x3200mm. That’s pretty impressive. These were designed to create a seamless space within large environments – such as retail or hospitality.
The trend has not stopped there; a thirst from the residential sector has seen these products for what they are worth and as our living environments grew, so did the surfaces within an area. Large or extra large tiles provide a greater sense of space, as the grout lines are minimised. Larger tiles also allow for the design to be communicated effectively as there is a greater surface area to expand.
Delve into our extra-large tile product portfolio, and if you’re looking for something even larger, then give us a call as there are a plethora of products out there!