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TEC in the News: Thin Tile Creates Options without Sacrificing Performance

15 Apr

Posted by
Grant Huffine
Marketing Director

Large thin tile installation product recommendation

As said in Floor Trends Magazine, "There are two major movements taking place in tile: One is the fact Americans are starting to gravitate to using larger products as seen in other parts of the world. The second is that tiles in general are getting thinner. This would almost seem to be in contrast to the first point, as one would think that as the product got larger it would need to be thicker—or at least maintain its traditional thickness—to meet the extra demands placed on it from the overall size of each tile being bigger." But, in fact, this isn't the case.

Floor Trends says: "In many cases [large thin tiles] actually offer a number of additional benefits that, up until now, did not exist within the category." These benefits include: Manufacturer savings and increased flexibility in how the tile can be used.

Although large thin panels have become increasingly popular, its successful installation requires specific materials. With the right products, thin tile can succeed in demanding commercial environments. Because of the size and fragility of large thin panels, its installation necessitates latex/polymer modified portland cement mortars, which have greater bond strength and resistance to impact.

Read my full interview on the topic in the latest edition of Floor Trends.

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