The predominant trend in this transformation of larger tile sizes in living areas presents both functional and visual enhancements across high-end residential and commercial applications. The shift towards seamless continuity, eliminating grout joints, is increasingly appealing for commercial projects.
In the realm of design, the utilisation of large tiles has become a favoured choice, especially in kitchens where they effortlessly create the illusion of spaciousness. Beyond the visual appeal, these tiles play a crucial role in making small rooms appear larger and contribute to cost-effective installations, particularly in expansive spaces. Tile Warehouse stands at the forefront of this trend, offering a range of on-trend, easy-to-clean, and elegant large format tiles that are gaining popularity not only in kitchens but also extending into living areas, foyers, and entire homes.
The unparalleled advantages of tiling
The decision to install tiles transcends mere aesthetics; it ensures the long-term stability, hygiene, and beauty of both floors and walls. Porcelain tiles, in particular, stand out as a superior choice for residential and commercial spaces due to their myriad benefits:
- Super-hygienic (inhospitable to dust mites and bacteria)
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Fade-resistant (UV-resistant)
- Cost-effective over time, with a lifespan exceeding 50 years
- Excellent thermal mass
- Ideal for use over underfloor heating systems.
Adherence to building codes
Compliance with building codes is paramount, and the E3/AS1 Building Code in New Zealand specifies the acceptable solution for internal moisture related to flooring. Timber-based flooring and various other options are no longer allowed within 1.5 meters of sanitary fixtures or appliances. This restriction encompasses not only bathrooms, toilets, and laundries but also kitchens and adjacent areas. The two immediately acceptable solutions endorsed by New Zealand councils are tile or stone over a fully compliant waterproof membrane, or sheet vinyl. This adherence is particularly crucial for high-density housing and apartment blocks, ensuring water containment and protecting surrounding areas during leaks or floods.
Practical considerations of large tiles
Kitchens, being high-traffic and prone to spills, demand a floor covering that is both durable and easy to clean. Tile Warehouse addresses this need by offering large format tiles made from porcelain, ensuring high durability that withstands potential damage from kitchen mishaps.
Sizes that define contemporary living
In response to evolving design preferences, Tile Warehouse introduces new popular sizes for living areas and kitchens, including 800 x 800mm, 1200 x 2400mm and 600 x 1200mm modules.
Tile Warehouse specialises in high-performance porcelain solutions within the construction industry. For information on available ranges or technical details, reach out to their knowledgeable commercial representatives at Architectural Surfaces.