A Shower Tile Square Footage Calculator

A Shower Tile Square Footage Calculator

Shower Tile Square Footage Calculator

If you're doing a bathroom remodel, you need to know how much tile you need to break ground. But how do you figure out a good square footage estimate for your existing bathroom? This blog will help you estimate based on the dimensions of your existing tiles and the measurements of the shower.


Floor or wall tiles are typically installed with gaps between the tiles because the average tile may look quite similar to the next tile, but they are often not uniform in shape and size, and would not fit properly if installed without any gaps. These gaps are most commonly filled with grout, and as such, are often referred to as grout size, or grout lines. Grout is a form of concrete, and the gap between tiles can range from anywhere between one-sixteenth of an inch to half an inch in size. Different sized tiles, materials, and design needs all affect the size of the gaps. Although it is typically more difficult to have small gaps between tiles due to lack of a uniform shape and size, the use of rectified tiles (tiles that undergo additional processing to ensure that they are uniform) can allow for smaller spacing, though at an additional cost. For more uniformly cut tiles such as granite, smaller grout spacing can result in less visibility of grout lines between each tile.

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. (Source: www.calculator.net)


I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that if you are reading this post that you are new to the trade of tile installation. And you are probably trying to learn as much as you can in order to get ready for an upcoming project. You are definitely on the right track. Regardless of whether you are hiring a contractor to perform the work, or you are planning to do the work yourself, the more knowledgeable that you are on the subject the better off you will be. Because at the end of the day you want the job done correctly no matter who actually does the work. And for that reason, I would suggest checking out a basic guide to tile installation, like the one by Stanley (click here to see it on Amazon).

An easy way to update a bathroom is to install new wall tiles in the shower area. Taking a few simple measurements before you purchase tiles ensures you have exactly what you need and do not waste money purchasing too many tiles -- or worse, come up short in the middle of the project. (Source: homeguides.sfgate.com)



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