In the world of tile and stone, trends come and go, but one trend that has been growing in popularity in recent years is the use of large format tile (LFT), also known as gauged porcelain panels or slabs. This type of tile is characterized by its thin but large size, ranging from 33 to 50 square feet per piece, making it an ideal option for large-scale commercial and residential projects alike.
At Flesher Marble and Tile, we have been at the forefront of the LFT trend, with years of experience in sourcing, installing, and maintaining gauged porcelain panels and slabs for our clients. In this blog, we’ll explore the benefits and advantages of LFT and why it’s become such a popular choice in the Calgary area.
Durability and Strength
One of the main advantages of LFT is its durability and strength. Made from high-quality porcelain, LFT is resistant to scratches, stains, and other types of wear and tear. Its strength also makes it ideal for high-traffic areas, as it can withstand heavy foot traffic and the weight of furniture and equipment. This makes LFT a popular choice for commercial spaces like hotels, shopping malls, and office buildings.
Another advantage of LFT is its design flexibility. With its large size, LFT can create a seamless, uniform look on floors, walls, and other surfaces. This makes it a great option for modern and minimalist design styles. However, LFT is also available in a range of colors, patterns, and textures, allowing for more creativity and customization in design. From marble-look slabs to wood-look panels, LFT can mimic the look and feel of natural materials without the maintenance and cost associated with them.
Despite its large size material handling into small spaces can be challenging, LFT is surprisingly easy to install if the installation space is not too congested and access is favourable. Its large size means that fewer pieces are needed to cover a large area, which can balance installation time with material handling considerations. Additionally, LFT can be cut to size on site, making it easier to fit into custom or irregular spaces.
Maintenance and Cleaning
Maintaining and cleaning LFT is also easier than traditional tile. Because it’s non-porous, it’s less likely to absorb stains and dirt, making it easier to clean and maintain. Regular cleaning with a mild detergent and water is typically all that’s needed to keep LFT looking like new. Its durability and resistance to wear and tear also mean that it requires less maintenance over time compared to other flooring options. The monolithic nature of LFT means less grout joints to worry about especially in wet areas where grouts can become compromised.
Why Choose Flesher Marble and Tile for Your LFT Needs?
At Flesher Marble and Tile, we have been providing high-quality LFT solutions for our clients in the Calgary area for years. Our team of experts has the experience and knowledge to source, install, and maintain gauged porcelain panels and slabs for a wide range of projects, from large commercial spaces to residential homes.
We work closely with our clients to understand their needs and preferences, providing guidance and recommendations along the way to ensure that their LFT project is a success. Our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction has made us a trusted provider of LFT solutions in the Calgary area.
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