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How Do I Calculate Square Footage Per Tile?

3" x 6" Tile: .125 Square Feet (Less than 1 Square Foot)
4" x 8" Tile: .22 Square Feet (Less than 1 Square Foot)
4" x 4" Tile: .11 Square Feet (Less than 1 Square Foot)
4" x 16" Tile: .44 Square Feet (Less than 1 Square Foot)
12" x12" Tile: 1 Square Foot
16" x16" Tile: 1.78 Square Feet
18" x18" Tile: 2.25 Square Feet

What are some of the basic concerns with natural stone care, maintenance & installation?

Our goal is to make sure you know what to expect when it comes to materials. Some items, such as natural stone and cement tile require sealer and ongoing maintenance, while others, like porcelain tile, require very little upkeep. Know what to expect by reading our MATERIAL CONSIDERATIONS section prior to making your purchase.

What are the most recent trends in stone and tile?

When we go to design shows, the top items we see are hexagon tile, chevron tile and herringbone installations. With these styles, you can use subtle, neutral hues while still making a statement. Your installation will be anything but boring - and it will be timeless.

What's the difference between higher-priced porcelain tile and the inexpensive tile I see online / in my local store?

There are a multitude of items that can affect the pricing of tile. We believe that, if you are spending time, energy and/or money on a renovation, it's worth doing right. Choose a material you really want - don't settle. And choose a material that's suitable for your application. If you're tiling an area that has a lot of foot traffic and lots of dog paws, you might want a more durable tile that won't scratch as easily. If you're considering a higher-priced material vs. a lower-priced alternative, we suggest you obtain a sample of each prior to making your decision. And take the following points into consideration:

1) Design - We have some tiles designed by world-renowned artists who define trends and lead the industry. While some of the me-too/copied porcelain tile designs can be pretty good, we find that the original artist tends to do it just a bit better. Better color, saturation, quality, detail, sizes, etc.

2) Quality/Material Composition - Some tiles have a white body, meaning the tile is white throughout. When chipped, the white can show through. Other tiles are through body or colored-body and are less likely to show chips.

3) Durability - Some materials are suitable for heavy commercial traffic flooring. You can use this tile in your home on any floor and you'll be happy with the results. Many of the tiles available online are suitable for residential traffic only, which may be fine for your project, but may also mean the material is more likely to show signs of wear and tear. Be sure to know the difference when making your selection.

For more information on selecting high-quality materials, take a look at: CHOOSING QUALITY PORCELAIN TILE INFOGRAPHIC and CHOOSING QUALITY STONE INFOGRAPHIC.