pros and cons of large format tile

Is a bigger tile better? You are about to find out. Large format stone tile in a small room is an increasing trend. Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of large format tiles, marble flooring, and polished tiles.

Large-small format meaning

It is difficult to accurately indicate the tiles belong to the "small" category and which ones are "large" in the era of continuous technological advancement and subsequent changes in the sizes produced (increasingly larger ceramic tile formats appear on the market every year). In the past, those considered very big are now seen as being downright small. The following description will therefore be of support.

Tiles varying from 4.8 x 4.8 cm to 30 x 30 cm (squares) and rectangles whose sides are within similar limits (4.8 cm and 30 cm) are considered as 'small'.

Tiles with sides longer than 30 cm, in square and rectangular formats, are considered huge.

Pros and Cons of Thin Porcelain or Marble Slabs in Large Format



  • To fix: lightweight, planar, height
  • To drill: thickness reduced
  • To cut: easy as glass cutting
  • Cleaning: no problem
  • Flexible-suitable for any position
  • Covers different specifications and projects: floors, walls, curved surfaces, worktops, applications for interior design

    A good option for retrofitting and refurbishment

  • Ideal for the restoration of walls and floors
  • The thin slab can be tiled to the old floor, stopping rubble from uplifting and disposing of
  • Installation times are significantly reduced; filed doors need not be cut from existing ones.
  • Great natural stone Substitute

  • Lightweight and easier to repair - for facades, in particular
  • Unaffected by Sun or Weathering/No ongoing maintenance needed
  • Aesthetics

  • A visual effect of unique beauty and superior to the conventional ceramic/porcelain can be achieved thanks to the large dimensional slabs
  • Big surfaces

  • It is easy to repair (for an experienced contractor) due to the reduced thickness.
  • It allows for great precision and consistency on the floor.
  • Reduces joints and consequently decreases public space maintenance and sanitation problems
  • Matchable with other material

  • Will fit conventional porcelain material perfectly - Most suppliers will also sell their extra-large format material in more traditional sizes to be mixed and matched according to design and budget.
  • Tailored projects

    The large dimension makes porcelain in a large format suitable for cutting to any required size

    Relevant application: The large size associated with extreme lightweight makes it possible to use for

  • Outer cladding with additional cladding
  • Façades
  • Floating Flooring
  • Misleading ceilings
  • Cons

  • While they are slightly lower in the price - they are more costly than regular size tiles - although much less so compared to natural stone,
  • A specialist tiling contractor needs to be used for installation.
  • Transport and handling - While the sheer scale of the larger slabs is lightweight (over 5 sq meters per slab), they need at least two individuals to lift.
  • As you can see, the pros of large format tiles far outweigh the cons. In the end, it is what suits your purpose.