Tile Estimator

Tile Estimator

Tile Estimator

Tile Estimator is a new Kickstarter project that will help you easily calculate costs and see exactly how many tiles you need to place to cover any given area. Check out Tile Estimator and help them raise funds here.



Even if you know how to tile a floor, it is always recommended to include some margin of error, as tiles often break when cutting them. That's also a feature we have put into the calculator, and we take those extra tiles into account when calculating the number of boxes needed and the cost to tile the shower or whatever you are planning to tile. Thedepends heavily on the complexity of your pattern (crazy tessellation ideas tend to cost much more) and who you choose to do the job. We cannot really help you with this part of your expenses, but we can help you calculate the tile cost, A.K.A. the materials cost.

First, to calculate how many tiles you need to cover a given area you need to know the dimensions of the area as well as the dimensions of a single tile. The tile dimensions should be provided by the manufacturer, while the area dimensions can be measured using a long measuring tape or known from the building plan. Knowing these, our online tile calculator can calculate the area size and the area of a single tile. (Source: www.gigacalculator.com)


This is, however, an idealized situation. Real-world tiles are not perfect, and they might have slight imperfections and discrepancies from the advertised dimensions. In order to compensate for those, gaps are left between tiles which are usually filled with grout, which is why they are often referred to as "grout lines". Usual values range from 1/16 to 1/2 an inch (2mm to 13mm) and the size varies depending on materials used and the intended design. For example, uniformly cut granite tiles allow for much smaller spacing between tiles, increasing the number of tiles needed.



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