Tile Sizes and Selection
Ceramic tiles are available in different sizes. The sizes vary from one inch to twenty-four inches square.
The price of the ceramic tiles is done on the square foot of the box they are packed in and not on the individual size of a tile. A tile’s size is not measured on its actual size but on its nominal size. There is always 10% shrink in size in the production of the ceramics. For example, the actual measurement of a 12’’ by 12’’ floor tile is 11-7/8 square inches.
Tile Size versus the Room Size
The first step towards getting the appropriate tile size for your space is by determining the size of the room. The most common perception that people have is that small tiles go for small rooms.
However, it is important to use larger tiles in smaller rooms as they make the room appear bigger. This also means that there will be a few connections between the tiles thus fewer grout lines and a cleaner surface appearance. On the other hand, smaller tiles requires a lot of connections, more grout lines that makes the floor to look too busy.
To create an overall balance in the room while tiling, it is important to have a proper and correct measurement of the room and the tiles. This will help in achieving the look you desire for your room.
Because of its maintenance options, ceramic has been chosen by many over the natural stone which has been popular because of its look. However, because of the popularity of the natural stones, porcelain and ceramic manufacturers have decided to offer their customers both properties at the same time. This has been done by the creation of tiles that have the patterns, textures and colors that are similar to the natural stones.
Marble, slate and travertine are among the few designs that people go for in the porcelain and ceramic tiles. More adjustments can be done on the ceramic tiles to improve its natural look. This can be done by hammering and chiseling the edges to have the heavy textures or tumbled stone.
Texture versus Style
The style of the ceramic tile will determine its texture and feel. For example, a slate looking ceramic or a tumbled stone may feel rough and irregular. On the other hand, a granite or marble tile will have a polished and smooth feel. Therefore, it is okay to have a feel of the tile.
The tiles’ texture is also different in the extent at which it shines. The shining ranges from a semi-gloss, dull to glass-like.
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