The latest iteration of porcelain tile technology is the ability to create tiles as strong as, or stronger, than traditional tiles, but less than a third of the thickness. With standard tiles anywhere between 10 and 12mm thick, a new range of thin-format tiles is just 3mm thick, which opens up a host of possibilities to designers and installers.
The Kerlite tiles, developed by Italian tile maker Cotto D'este, are contemporary in nature, with the smallest size option 0.5m by 1 metre in dimension. “This is possible because of the use of the latest technology that allows these tiles to be thin and also large while retaining the strength of traditional porcelain tiles,” Casa Italiana’s Maurizio Pesciatini says.
Kerlite tiles are manufactured with a fibreglass mesh base, which is the main component allowing for their inherent strength. “Because of this fibreglass mesh, these thin-format tiles are actually stronger than most traditional tiles.”