All Laminam by Crossville 5.6 large format porcelain flooring panels are in compliance with the installers’ position statement requiring a minimum 5.5 mm thickness.
As the category of thin, large format porcelain tile is emerging on the U.S. market stage, our industry is rallying to create standards for product use and installation. While TCNA, ANSI, and ISO work to establish product standards for manufacturing that will eventually set the benchmarks by which the quality of materials will be evaluated, others in our industry are stepping up to ensure best use and practices related to these unique products in the interim.
To that end, the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), Tile Contractors’ Association of America (TCAA) and the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (IUBAC) have come together to offer a shared position statement regarding acceptable thickness for thin, large format porcelain tile panels used in flooring installations.
From the Position Statement Issued in May 2014:
“Due to the lack of standards for these products, the NTCA, TCAA and IUBAC recommend that tile contractors not install thin porcelain tile panels in any thickness less than 5.5 mm for floor installations. It is our assertion that installations of thin porcelain tiles that are no less than 5.5 mm thick may be successfully accomplished in properly prepared floor applications with the proper care and processes.”
This collective declaration is important and welcome news for the industry–and particularly for our Laminam by Crossville brand. All our large format, thin porcelain tile panels for the floor, known as our Laminam 5.6 collection, are 5.6mm–exceeding the stated requirements of NTCA, TCAA and IUBAC. We have always advocated the use of a 5.6mm-thick profile for these panels to ensure the level of high quality, technical performance floor installations demand.
The collective position statement concludes with the following information:
“The tile contractor should be aware that significant training and education is required to successfully install these products and that an investment in tools and equipment is necessary. The manufacturer of the tile and setting materials recommendations should be secured in writing prior to installation and the contractor should follow these instructions carefully or potentially be exposed to increased risk and liability.”
Once again, we’re ahead of the game with our Laminam by Crossville brand. We’re a leader in offering installation training and professional recommendations regarding this new product category. For more than a year, we’ve been leading training workshops across the nation to give installers the knowledge and know-how to work with this tile category effectively. We even offer training tips on our Laminam by Crossville YouTube channel.
Laminam by Crossville products are available as wall installations and floor installations. For full information, visit http://laminambycrossville.com.