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Why Grand Designs Live Should Rate Our Thin Porcelain Tiles

Are you attending this year’s Grand Designs Live at London EXCEL, 4-12 May? We can’t wait to show our burgeoning collection off to UK-wide architects, developers and interior designers again. And – as our thin porcelain tiles are so light, durable, large, efficient, versatile and cost-effective – we’re sure Kevin McCloud and his mates will love ‘em!

Grand Designs Live show 2019

Based on Channel 4 series Grand Designs and brought to life by popular designer and TV presenter Kevin McCloud, the multi-award home show Grand Designs Live is the place to experience more than 500 specialist exhibitors – from tile brands to furniture makers. Many of whom offer everything from product launches to invaluable expert advice. 

Whether remodelling, creating a new-build or adding intricate interior style touches, Porcel-Thin’s large porcelain tiles will provide plenty of inspiration for your very own Grand Design whether you visit our showroom or simply browse our website.

3 reasons for Kevin McCloud to kudos our thin porcelain tiles

Ultra thin & very strong

At between 4.8 and 6mm in thickness, Porcel-Thin produces modern tiles that are less than half the thickness and weight of a standard 13mm porcelain tile but are nearly twice as strong according to independent tests.

Porcel-Thin tile thickness graphic

Increasingly popular and stunningly realistic, Porcel-Thin stone and marble effect porcelain tiles are more durable than natural stone. They require no special sealing or maintenance and are often substantially cheaper than the real thing.  Good news for even the most robust new-build or renovation budget!

Porcel-Thin tiles will last for years, even in high-traffic areas (such as hallways and patios) and in extreme temperatures and conditions (including water, heat, sunlight and frost). Their density also means they absorb almost no moisture and resist both dirt and staining, ensuring they’re easy to clean and stay looking like new.

Stone effect large format outdoor porcelain tiles used to create a stylish patio

Being lightweight is also an advantage when it comes to installation. Though large in format, our super-light and super-thin porcelain tiles can be lifted and installed more easily and with less manpower. What’s more, the overall loading on the structure of the building is reduced so they’re as suitable for wall renovations inside old buildings as they are for cladding the exterior of new-builds.

They’re also the eco-friendly choice when compared to standard porcelain tiles. Porcel-Thin tiles require less raw materials and energy to produce. This is a winning feature as architects, developers and designers become more eco-savvy.

Large Formats

Large porcelain tiles allow faster coverage and require less grouting for a neater finish. Porcel-Thin provides wood-effect and stone-effect tiles in large formats, which means you benefit from less pattern disruption for a more natural look. This is particularly advantageous when it comes to our magnificent Book Match marble tiles.

Leviathan 2.4 x 1.2m extra large Onyx Bianco marble effect tile on display in the Porcel-Thin showroom in London

Our extra-large porcelain tiles (240 x 120cm Leviathan tiles) have been designed to be the same size as a sheet of plasterboard for fast installation, more convenience and an overall seamless look.


Porcel-Thin’s modern tiles work exceptionally well with all types of underfloor heating systems. Porcelain conducts heat well and because Porcel-Thin tiles are ultra-thin they heat up and radiate heat faster than traditional thicker porcelain tiles.  Because they’re very dense, they retain heat for longer too. In fact, Porcel-Thin tiles are ideally suited as a decorative covering for most types of thermal slab.

Large format thin porcelain tiles used to cover a large floor with underfloor heating

While Porcel-Thin porcelain tiles are stronger than many porcelain tiles, because they’re thinner they’re easy to cut, drill and shape.  This enables neat detailing such as mitred corners, room features and wetroom floors to be formed perfectly.

Bespoke bathroom vanity unit created with brown marble porcelain tiles to match the shower walls and floor

Health and safety top of your agenda? We provide PTV slip resistance ratings for all our tiles. This makes it easier than ever to select tiles that comply with building regulations for all rooms and areas of homes and commercial properties. Porcel-Thin antibacterial Bac-Tech tiles are stylish yet safe modern tiles with bacteria killing Nano particles featured throughout.

What’s there for Kevin (or you for that matter) not to love? Check out the entire Porcel-Thin collection here or vist our London showroom to see the tile for yourself.

A grand design with Porcel-Thin Azul marble effect porcelain tiles