08 July 2011

How to buy tile


Ever see one of these?

What do all those codes mean? Well, in a piece I just wrote for Houzz.com I explain all of it. Give it a look and refer to it the next time you're in the market for a tile floor.


14 comments:

  1. This is great information. We are getting estimates to have the bathroom redone and this will be useful.

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  2. Thanks for the feedback. I'm at your disposal with anything that comes up during your upcoming remodel.

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  3. I wish we'd had this info several years ago when we redid our kitchen floor. We bought gorgeous (and pricey) tile that we ended up having to replace, for several reasons. We didn't always get the best advice from people who worked at the tile showrooms. THIS is info I could have used (and will use in the future -- that is, if I can ever face moving or doing any kind of remodling again!).

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  4. Andrea: I'll extend to you the same thing I extended to Melody. If you ever need any kind of advice about this stuff, just ask!

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  5. Great info Paul!
    Hope all is well with you.

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  6. SoCal Homeowner09 July, 2011 00:45

    You always have the best advice! Thank you! I love getting the insider info and not feeling like I'm flying blind.

    My parents are redoing two bathrooms in the near future, so this is just in time for me to be able to help them a little big. Now to find a decent tub with jets...do they exist?

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  7. They do exist and they're made by American Standard: http://www.americanstandard-us.com/bathroom-products/combo-massage-systems/

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  8. Great post about what to look for when buying tile. Thanks for taking the time to make this straight-forward system so clear and easy to understand.

    I'd like to add that handcrafted cement tile and hand painted ceramic tile usually DO NOT carry these professional endorsements and classifications since the required tests have not been completed. However, your tile vendor can provide the guidance you need to make the right decision. Please be sure to ask before you buy!

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  9. SoCal Homeowner09 July, 2011 20:29

    Thank you, thank you! My mother will be thrilled.

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  10. Great article. I get lots of folks in my showroom who think they HAVE to have Porcelain, thinking its 'better ' than ceramic. I tell them if its ben fired, its ceramic, and if it has a less the .5 abosorbtion it is considered porce;ian regardless if Kaolin clay was used.
    I also warn people if they go bargain shopping at any Big Box stores.
    a couple other important numbers on the side of the box are the Shade lot and the Calibre. Shade is pretty obvious for most, but many might not realize that there is certain acceptable size tolerance range for any given production run of tile that can vary enough between differnt runs as to be problematic during installation. Sometimes the discounts store have bought up the end of a line of tile and have them mixed up together on a pallet for the unknowing individual to scoop up. Just my extra 2cents
    Susan

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  11. Paul, excellent information. Thank you so much! Is there a 'condensed version' that I could print off? -Brenda-

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  12. Forget the request for a condensed version Paul ... duh me as I discovered under comments the (Houzz) page format changes. -Brenda-
    P.S: I am just one of those people who prefer
    using 'legal size' sheets when printing off information.

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  13. Brenda: I'm sorry I neglected to answer your previous comment. However, I just saw your comment on Houzz (they get forwarded to me as people leave them) and I'm glad you got the information you needed. I'll have four posts in this series dealing with wood floors and they start in around two weeks.

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  14. No apology necessary Paul. Looking forward to your series on wood flooring. -Brenda-

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