Proper Plank and Large Format Tile Installation

Advice from a Tile Contractor: Proper Installation of Plank Tile and Large Format Tiles

While tile has long been a popular choice for bathrooms and kitchens, the use of plank tile and large format tile has recently surged in popularity throughout various areas of the home. The driving force behind this trend is the undeniable durability and easy maintenance that ceramic and porcelain tiles offer. Their versatility further extends to diverse home designs, particularly with tiles that convincingly mimic the appearance of various hardwood floors. However, the installation of plank tile and large format tile demands careful consideration of specific factors to ensure a successful and aesthetically pleasing outcome.

Mercado Forest color Ipirapuera porcelain wood plank installation in a bathroom setting.

Mercado Forest color Ipirapuera porcelain wood planks

One notable characteristic of these tiles is that they are not perfectly flat; instead, they are crowned in the middle. This curvature can pose challenges during installation, particularly when opting for a full offset pattern. To overcome this, it is advisable to limit the offset to a maximum of 33 percent, preventing issues associated with unevenness and ensuring a visually cohesive result. Moreover, the flatness of the floor onto which these tiles are installed is paramount. A level surface ensures that the plank or large format tiles sit uniformly, enhancing the overall appearance of the flooring. Choosing the right thin set is equally crucial, as it influences the bonding and stability of the tiles.

For comprehensive guidance on plank tile and large format tile installation, consulting with a local tile contractor is highly recommended. Their expertise can provide valuable insights into the specific requirements of your project, ensuring a successful and enduring tile installation. For further advice on tile flooring options and to explore a diverse range of choices, visit one of our Conestoga Tile showrooms, where our knowledgeable staff can assist you in finding the perfect tile solution for your home.