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Old 06-21-2012, 10:03 AM   #1
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6x24 VS. 12x24 Tile - HELP!


Ok, give it to me straight....which size would be easiest to install?

I am having the worst time picking the tile and I finally found it and they have these two sizes. It is for a half bath.

I know these long tiles can bow....I want to know who has installed either size....tips?

I need to order today or tomorrow.

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Yikes! Either will be a challenge. Your floor will need to be absolutely flat or lippage will be a big problem.
Even then I would recommend using some sort of leveling system.
Something like this: There are others.

http://www.tuscanleveling.com/

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On floor or walls or both?
The trick is in the prep; if your walls are out of whack or the floor is bowed/cupped then you will have a really hard time. Larger tile means less grout but also less allowance regarding the substrate not being level/plumb. Also factor in the layout and which will work best with the room dimensions. Always always draw a layout first.
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Floor only. Wainscoting will up half way up on floors.

This is rough mock up of room. I would do up and down layout prob 1/3 offset.
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I'd go with the smaller of those sizes as buys you more design options taking in to account position of toilet and doorway ... Start off with a layout where the grout line is centered on the front of the toilet (easier to cut two half circles than one full circle in tile for the toilet drain) ... Then work towards the door and to both sides seeing if this leaves any skinny tiles ... Anything less than half a tile width is not ideal from a looks perspective. The grout line either centered on the door or a full tile centered on the door is also preferable. That's why you need to play about with it until you get something that works. You can also try checkerboard versus brick lay pattern (each row offset by half tile from previous row) to see which makes the layout work better. Spend the time figuring this out and you will be glad you did later. There are other layouts too but they can get complex if new to this.
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Smaller is easier to install. But grout is tough to clean. Short term takes a little longer to install... Lifetime... less grout makes it easier to clean. Good luck.

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