Thin tiles emerged as a hot trend in Europe a few years ago and are just now trending in the United States. These thin tiles start at thicknesses of about 2.5 mm for walls up to about 6 mm thick for floors and offer a range of advantages, including the ability to install over existing floor and wall tiles which eliminates having to rip out existing finishing materials in renovation projects, saving on renovation waste and time and money in labor costs.
Though it might seem that that thin tiles would be brittle, that’s not the case. They’re actually some of the most versatile surfacing products on the market. Just like traditional porcelain tile, thin tile is durable, hygienic and easy to maintain, but its thin profile creates a lightweight and flexible surfacing solution for floors, walls and countertops. And it is just as durable as its thicker counterparts.
Thin tile also has a positive impact on shipping and fulfillment. Because the thin tiles weigh less, up to twice as much product can fit in a shipping container, helping to manage shipping costs and reduce environmental impact, as well. Though the thin tiles may be up to half the weight of traditional tiles, you will not know how thick or thin they are when properly installed.
A big plus in commercial tile installations is that the lighter tiles mean less weight in and on a building. And, as porcelain tiles have become thinner, lighter, and stronger, manufacturers are making them in larger and larger formats, as large as five by ten–-and that’s feet, not inches. These large panels can be used in elevators, main floors and bathrooms to tile over large areas.
From a design perspective, these large panels offer visual advantages. Used vertically on walls, the tiles can help add height and openness to a space. The format also means fewer grout lines, which can help make a small room appear larger. The design capabilities of these super-sized panels are endless and the looks can span the range from sleek and modern to rustic and traditional.
GIO offers sophisticated large format thin tile for floors, walls and countertops, developed expressly for your commercial design projects. The result of revolutionary design, research, and technology, GIO_Thin 1.0 is a lifelike marble porcelain stoneware, available in brilliant gloss or intense matte. See more of this versatile collection here.