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Old 11-14-2013, 10:13 PM   #1
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Wall only tile on the floor?


Hi all. I spent about an hour and a half at lowes looking through all the tile and making my decision about which one I wanted. Had an employee help me towards the end. I got all the supplies and the tile home, only to realize that the top of the box has a little symbol and says:

"Medium indoor wall only"


Is this tile somehow too weak to be walked on? We've already done all this looking and picking out all the paint colors and it all matches the tile. Can this tile be used for the bathroom floor as we originally intended? Or will it all just crack and break from being walked on?
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Post a picture of the tile and the end panel of the box---

Tile glazes vary in hardness--that info should be in code on the box---

Also, the actual body of the tile will have various hardness---starting with bisque--soft almost like plaster---to porcelain--which is very strong----

If the tile states 'wall use only'---My guess is the glaze or body is to soft for foot traffic---
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I spent about an hour and a half at lowes...
an employee help me...
Did the tile guy ask you how you planned to use them?
I'll bet the tile guy at a real tile place would have.

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The tile finish may not be suitable for foot traffic if it gets wet.
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Did the tile guy ask you how you planned to use them?
I'll bet the tile guy at a real tile place would have.

I'd go there if they weren't so much more expensive. Just gotta learn more about tile so I can buy at the cheaper places. From what I've seen, the tile places have a tendency to start their prices at about the highest prices at Lowes or the any of the big box stores. And maybe there is a reason for that, but its more than I can afford unfortunately.

I'll post pics up in a few minutes of the tile box.

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Good, fast, cheap... pick two. So just get a floor tile that's complimentary of the wall tile. Save the money where you can, but don't use the wrong product on the floor. Shop around too. I found it was useful to ask what tiles the vendors "needed to move". As in, they weren't selling and had been sitting in inventory too long. Found a GREAT 18x30 floor tile that's now in our laundry room as a result. Got the $12/sqft tile for $3/sqft. But it does help to do this in person. Folks don't always take kindly to tire-kicking over the phone...

As I always say, "if you don't ask.... you don't get."
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Sorry it took me so long to do this. Here are all the pictures of everything that is on the tile. I'm only showing two sides because it just repeats on all the other sides of the box.








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I was hoping the boxes would be printed with the lot number and moes hardness numbers---

From what is see,that is a soft bodied tile---not for floors.
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Fawk! Oh well. Back to the drawing board I guess. That tile was about $2.50 per sq foot. I'd go to a tile store but do they even sell anything that inexpensive? Reading this forum, most people talk about purchases of $6 per sq ft at the tile store. I'm afraid $2.50 is about all I can afford at this point in time.
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Look for porcelain tile----and yes, you will find them in the lower price ranges--

Do some looking around---here we have some discounters that sell odd lots and close outs---do be careful in a place like that---some manufactures sell their seconds to that sort of store and the tiles may be flawed---

Other times--what you see is all they have-----so buy extra---you don't want to be almost finished and discover a box with mostly broken tiles and need more---only to find out you are out of luck.
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Fawk! Oh well. Back to the drawing board I guess. That tile was about $2.50 per sq foot. I'd go to a tile store but do they even sell anything that inexpensive? Reading this forum, most people talk about purchases of $6 per sq ft at the tile store. I'm afraid $2.50 is about all I can afford at this point in time.
Check online. I saved $9/sq ft from an online store and the shipping was free.
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You can put floor tile on walls but you can't put wall tile on floors. VERY slippery when wet.
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