How to Install Your Large Format Tile So It Will Look Great for Years to Come

The proper subflooring, tools, mortar, and grout joints are necessary to keep large-format tile looking at its best. Here are the requirements to decrease the probability of difficulty with your large tile.

  • A level substrate is important preparation. Large-format tile installed on less-than- level surfaces become more noticeable.
     
  • 90% mortar contact between the floor and tile is necessary with large-format tile; back buttering helps to ensure good bonding
     
  • Grout joint recommendations for large tile must be maintained for the tile’s longevity
     
  • Installation instructions from the manufacturer concerning setting materials and tools for proper installation are recommended reading before the project begins
     
  • Medium bed mortar is required for tile with dimensional length greater than 15 inches on any side of the tile