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# Subway Tile Calculator

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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.

We used beveled subway tile in our bathroom remodel that was installed in a brick pattern. We have two sides of the shower with exposed edges that required the side of the tile to be finished. I realized that we would have to cut the beveled tile in half at the end. Websites suggested we cut the tile and have the cut edge against the field tile with the finished side out. The problem with this is that you have the raised center next to the thinner edge of the field tile. Thus, the search was on for a beveled subway tile that had 3x3 beveled pieces so we didn't have cut edges. We ended up using ADEX Nero tiles because they have a ton of finish pieces, including a beveled 3x3 square. They were available in the Chicago area through Virginia Tile and online at several sites. We found the quality to be excellent and all the tiles were consistent. I don't know if this is an issue for you but thought I would bring it up because it did not initially occur to me that there would be that issue. (Source: www.houzz.com)

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