· Many tiles, both glazed and unglazed, are deliberately produced with a wide shade variation to capture the natural beauty of the product.

·   A certain degree of shade variation is inherent in all ceramic tile.

·   The manufacturers limit the amount of shade variation within a carton by sorting the tile as it comes off the production line.  Also, the shade and run numbers are marked on each carton.

·   To minimize any noticeable shade variations, the installers work out of several cartons simultaneously.  In doing so, they are able to blend the tiles together.


·        The sizes of the tiles will vary slightly. This is inherent with most tiles.

·        Most manufacturers will keep sizing to an acceptable level by sorting the tile by size prior to packing it.

·        The grout joints will conceal slight size variations.

NOTE: If either the sizing or shading is too apparent, the installer should not set the tile.

Normal vs. Actual Sizing:

            Although most tile is advertised and sold by nominal sizes such as 8”x 8” or 12”x 12” the actual sizes will be more like 7 7/8” x 7 7/8” or 11 7/8” x 11 7/8”.