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Tile Installation Options
Tile size can range anywhere from smaller mosaics that are 3/8″, to 24″ × 48″ slab tiles and everything in between. Square sizes (same width and length) are the most popular, accessible, and easiest to install. While straight-edge tiles (rectangular, square, parallelogram) are most common, unique tile shapes also exist, though installation is not as easy. Large tile sizes can make smaller rooms appear bigger, as well as more open and clean because there are fewer grout lines. However, installing larger tiles results in more wastage, while using smaller tiles can help add texture to a room.
There are many different patterns used when installing tiles. The most common pattern used is a linear grid, with square or rectangular tiles, or a pattern involving angled squares or rectangles that form a typical diamond shape. Running bond layouts (like those used with brick walls) involve offset rows or columns of tiles, usually with a 2:1 length to edge ratio. Running bonds generally use about 10% more material. Herringbones involve aligning tiles in angled patterns, usually 45 or 90 degrees. Similar to running bond layouts, herringbone layouts use more material than linear layouts.
There are a number of different classifications of tiles including ceramic, porcelain, glass, quarry, and stone. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are the most cost efficient, and come in a variety of different styles. Glass tiles, while not appropriate for flooring because they crack under pressure, are visually unique and interesting; they are most commonly used for kitchen and bathroom backsplashes. Quarry tiles have rough surfaces that are good for floors that require grip, and are commonly used outdoors and in restaurant kitchens. Stone tiles include marble and granite, which provide unique and natural stone patterns, textures, and colors that are difficult to achieve using ceramics. They also offer the illusion of blending into grout edges, giving off an overall uniform look
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