What Is The World’s Most Expensive Tile? Why Is Super Large Format Tile So Pricey? Is It Worth It?


There are a few older wooden floorings available that can become pricy during installment. But when you talk about new flooring, the most expensive new flooring you can use is called super “large” format tile. 


Super format tile is known for being one of the largest flooring tiles available. Each tile is approximately 8 square feet. Measuring around 48 inches in length and 24 inches in width.


Many floor tiles, including super format tiles, have a square edge instead of a pillow edge. 


So in order to achieve a perfectly flat floor, a mud set installation (also known as a mud bed installation) must be done. 


A mud bed installation involves building the floor level up, placing the flooring tiles on top of it, and then vibrating them into place with a buffing pad and buffer to get them perfectly lined up and leveled. 


During this process, you have to be very gentle with the tiles. If there are any hollows, especially ones progressing in a downward position, it can become very easy to break these tiles due to their length. 


Although, this doesn’t downplay their strength. Super format tiles aren’t weaker than any other floor tile, but they experience more force on them since their lever arms are so much bigger, which increases their breakability. 


During installation, these tiles have to be handled by 2, 3, or 4 or more people depending on the thickness. 


For flooring installation of a large format tile, it will cost anywhere from $8-$15 per square foot depending on the installer, specific installation circumstances, and how large the flooring space is. 


On the low end, large format tiles can be $24 a square foot and cost upwards of $60 a square foot.  


If these prices seem surprising, remember this is the most expensive flooring you can install in your home. Whether that’s in your kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom. 


If you have a remodeling question or inquires about remodeling your space in the Tampa Bay Area, please send an email to homeloveconstruction@gmail.com 


-Brad Bachand

Transcribed/Published by Emily Lavechia

Emily Lavechia