Facts About Floor And Wall Tile:

Wall Tile:

·        Any ceramic tile is suitable for walls, but the very thin, high glossed and decorative tiles are most commonly used.
·        The most popular size for wall tile is still 4 ¼” x 4 ¼”, but there appears to be a trend taking place for larger,
         more luxurious tiles.
·        Wall tiles have a very soft glaze and porous body and therefore should never be used on floors or for
         outdoor applications.

Floor Tile:

·        These tiles, glazed or unglazed, have sufficient strength, impact and abrasion resistance to withstand weight and
          foot traffic.
·        They are usually thicker, denser and heavier than wall tiles.
·        If the substrate is strong enough to support the weight, floor tiles may also be used on walls and counter tops.



·        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”.