Thin Tile – May 2015

mapei_sponsorIn the thick of it with thin tile at Coverings

By Lesley Goddin

ORLANDO, Fla. – As the font of all things new and cutting-edge, where else to view the hottest thin porcelain tile products but at Coverings, held at the Orange County Convention Center here last month? Here are just a few of the products exhibitors had on display at the massive, sold-out show.

crossvilleLaminam by Crossville

I Metalli in the Laminam by Crossville line offers large thin porcelain tile with a metallic, diamond plate look and texture, for walls. In four colors, including Ferro Ossidato, an oxidized iron look, pictured. The metallic effect is extremely authentic – it’s hard to believe this is TILE!


Florida Tile

Aventis, Time 2.0 and Restore HDP are three of the new lines in Florida Tile’s Thinner large thin porcelain tile in 100 cm x 300 cm, or nominal 39” x 118” formats. The 3Plus tiles are 3.5mm, in the Aventis and Time 2.0 lines, and the 5.5mm 5Plus comes in the Restore HDP series (shown). Pressed at a force of 15,000 tons psi, these slabs are light and flexible. Rectified, with a thin fiberglass backing, the tiles are easy to handle and designed to be durable.


Tiger Gold large thin porcelain tile comes in the Precious Stones collection. This 6mm thin porcelain emulates gemstones in 30” x 60” or 60” x 120” formats. Choose from 23 different gemstone effects. Fiandre also launched Fiandre Maximum Ultralite in 5’ x 10’ slabs in the Fiandre Maximum Ultralite line in seven different collections from wood looks to resin looks.


Magnum is the new 5’ x 10’ thin porcelain tile format for Florim. It’s 6mm thick and comes in 5’ x 10’ sizes in 20 of the bestselling Florim lines as well as selected Rex lines. It differs from other thin porcelain tile offerings in that it is extruded, not pressed.


Italian tile factory LEA debuted additional lines in its Slimtech series of thin porcelain tile, which comes in 3.5mm and 5.5mm with fiberglass backing. New looks include Timeless Marble and the colorful Pixel, offering bright tones.