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Old 10-30-2011, 10:03 PM   #1
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i'm looking to get some wood grained tiles that is not carried in home depot or lowes. the posh tile shop near me does carry something i want but they are running at almost $10/sq ft.

although i understand that the cost for these wood grains should be a little more than your run of the mill home depot tiles, but the cost of these ceramic tiles is almost 2x granite carried by the depot.

so the question is where do DIY shop for tiles? i've checked out ebay but i'm afraid to get this shipped dur t cracking.

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Hi Pedro,

A good quality woodgrain plank shouldn't cost $10 a ft. unless you need a small amount and it's special order, so the freight kills. I would think $6-7 would be more like it if it's a room-sized order.

Any particular brand you've seen? Where are you?

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Are they looking for planks? They said ceramic in their post.
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I've seen 6 x 36" ceramic planks----The installation of those would be challenging.
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I've seen 6 x 36" ceramic planks----The installation of those would be challenging.
And your subfloor structure and base for the tile had better be silky smooth and level or such tiles will fracture in seconds across a 36" span. A really good tile person could make this work I guess. Pray the floor never flexes after they wipe the grout of the tiles and kiss you goodbye.

Makes me cringe when people think flooring from the box stores is the standard or price point for what a nice floor you can walk on in bare feet without any worries should cost.

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I bid one job with that and didn't get it---I believe the cost was close to $12. per square foot.

I bid that one to allow for the extra care and time required---Lots of leveling clips---Imagine notching one of those for a door jamb----

My concern was the flatness of the tiles----they were special order so inspecting a case was not an option.

I'm kind of glad I didn't get that one.---Mike----
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i'm not lookoing for some special 6x36 planks. i was actually looking at 12x24 pieces that just gives it a wood feel. it's going to be in a basement so actual wood is not an option.

as for the levelness of the floor? it has it's problems but it should work if i keep the tile sizes short.
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Hi Pedro,

A good quality woodgrain plank shouldn't cost $10 a ft. unless you need a small amount and it's special order, so the freight kills. I would think $6-7 would be more like it if it's a room-sized order.

Any particular brand you've seen? Where are you?

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i'm looking for wood grained ceramic tiles in the DC/VA/MD region
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It's not relevant, but I was there about a week ago.

12x24's are not what I would call short. You will need a very flat floor.

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It's not relevant, but I was there about a week ago.

12x24's are not what I would call short. You will need a very flat floor.

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i'll be okay with 12x12.
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It'll be better, but I don't know how flat your floor is? Can you tell us?

Get a 8-10 ft. 1x4 or metal straight edge, laser if you have one. Lay it every way possible on the floor and determine if the floor is flat within 1/4" in 10 ft. and 1/16" in 12". If it is, 12x12 is OK. I'd want it flatter for the larger tiles.

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the floor is concrete basement. there are certain spots of unevenness there but for the most part it's very slight. however there is a dip near the basement door area that is prob 1/4-1/2 difference spanning across 2-3 feet which i was hoping to patch up with mortar or thinset.
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OK, just get it flat. Do not use thin set to patch. Thin set is adhesive, it's sticky, doesn't work so good for patching.

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i accidentally ventured into a local distributor showroom today from a friend's recommendation that he saw the warehouse on his drive to work. anyhow, i was told that i can only order from stores as they only do have prices for contractors.. what qualifies as a contractor? can i get the guys doing my drywall to pick it up?? i don't get why they can't just give me a price.
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If they sold to everyone at wholesale prices, they would loose their retailers, besides in some places, it takes a different license to sell to the public.

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