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Old 09-18-2010, 01:42 PM   #1
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What size variance is considered acceptable for 16x16 porcelian tile? They are running 1/16 inch to 1/8 inch variance between tiles.


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Old 09-18-2010, 03:52 PM   #2
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Those are not very good numbers---As far as acceptable industry standards, Tiles can be as accurate or sloppy as can be---Now that you found the problem,as the installer it is up to you to accept the slop or return them.

Unfortunately, Most manufacturers limit their liability to the cost of the tiles--with a phrase like ,

"It is the responsibility of the installer to inspect tiles before installation"---Good luck,sounds like you have a bad batch of tiles.----Mike---

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Are you talking about new tiles fresh out of the box that are varying sizes and not yet installed? I hope!
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Yes...I opened several boxes and laid them dry. That is when I found the variance. It appears my order was filled with more than one run/lot.

I am returning them and will try to get all my tiles from the same run/lot. Maybe that will take care of the variance, if not I will try another manufacturer.
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What you are finding is going to be typical. The tiles usually aren't exact in size but a 1/8" variance is extreme.

What you want to buy are "rectified" tiles. They will be your best-bet for size consistency. Try a real tile store and tell them you want rectified tiles no matter what.

Most tiles available are not rectified.
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