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FutureStarrTile Dimensions Calculator
Introducing our new tile dimensions calculator. We want to help you figure out how to produce tiles that are sized just right. Our calculator can take standard dimensions and help you make your tile size more precise.
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.
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 the 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. To set out the room, divide it equally in half, marking a line at 2200mm across the room, this will give you the same size cut against each wall. This centre line will either be the centre or the edge of the tile for your setting out, leaving you with a small or larger cut to the wall. It always looks better with a larger cut and is easier to do. If you are laying the tiles in a brick effect, then the centre line will be at both the edge of the tile on one run, and the centre of the tile on the next run of tiles. (Source: www.new-image-tiles.co.uk)