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Old 12-17-2008, 05:27 PM   #1
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Ceramic Tile estimating

Help! How much additional tile should I figure on top of basic square footage for waste and cuts if I am going to lay tile on a diagonal pattern? I have heard anything from 10 to 20%. Any ideas? I have a small bath to do (about 30 sq ft) and a large bathroom, (somewhat octagonal shape) of 115 sq ft.


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Old 12-29-2008, 08:31 PM   #2
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Diagonals and angles do eat up a bit more tile than straight lays.

I figure 8% normally and bump to 10% on diagonals.

It's not a bad idea to get a bit of extra. You'll never match the product again and a stack of tile won't ever go bad, sitting in the garage.


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Old 12-30-2008, 11:07 PM   #3
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OK Fatherof4 here's the deal. With a room as small as 30 square feet the percentage game is out the window. For example...if you are using 12" tiles in a 30 square foot room and you add 10%, what good is three tiles going to do you?

You must instead figure the overall square footage then add pieces not percentages. Add enough pieces to equal the combined length of two of the walls in this case. THEN when ordering bump your order up to the next full box of tile. I can tell you 10% won't be enough.
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:14 PM   #4
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Bud's totally right. The percentage thing is great if you're laying a whole house or a Wal Mart! On such a small room, snap some chalklines to see how it'll lay out if you want to, or do a scale drawing to determine the quantity you'll need. Then buy some extras so you can break a couple and mess one or two up!
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