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Old 01-08-2014, 11:02 AM   #1
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Help! Wood looking tiles being laid in a wrong pattern!


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My contractor laid my tiles in halves instead of what we agreed upon (1/3th or more random). He said since kitchen, which have totally different tiles and size, was laid in halves, it would look better if the living room tiles are laid the same way. Now I'm stuck at the point where, what should I do?? Rip these tiles and redo? I guess these tiles cannot be reuse anymore? Does it look bad to leave it halves like this? I don't have enough experience to make this judgement. Can someone give me an input? Thank you very much!


ps. Just for you to see the room pattern. It's basically 3 rectangular rooms and be hide the wall is the kitchen.
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Anyone has any opinion on the tile pattern? Didn't mean to bump this, but it's kind of urgent. Thanks guys
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Was anything in writing as to how it should be laid?
It will match the way the other floor was laid so the only one that would notice is you I'd bet.
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It was not written, but the agreement was made clear, and the GC acknowledged that the way it was laid was not what we agreed upon. The problem is not what we agreed, but what should I do? If halves look good? If not, I will tell them to change it.
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What's the lippage look like? The subtle warpage of the tile is why the manufacturer recommends the 1/3 offset. Its usually less of an issue with that than 1/2. But of the slippage is slight, you may be OK with it. Slide a credit card flat to the tile and if the adjacent end/middle height differences are higher than the credit card, you may end up tripping on it and I'd want it redone.
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Thank you very much, Live_Oak. I will do that right away.
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Personally, I'd make him pull it and do it as agreed. I've seen several jobs laid in halves like this and even if lippage isn't an issue, it just doesn't look as good. Wood patterns should be laid in 1/3 or a semi-random pattern close to 1/3 for best visual effect. Real wood comes random lengths and laying the tile semi-random gets you closer to that look.
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HEY! so. how did the credit card check go?
sooooo curious about this tile job. sounds so familiar.
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