Type and Size of Tile

(Also see Tile)

There are many different materials used to manufacture tile. The most common types are: ceramic, porcelain and natural stone.

Some of the factors to consider when selecting the type of tile for your project are: color, pattern, edge style, shiny or matte surface, durability of finish, glazed or solid surface, slip resistance and of course price.

The size of the tile is determined by the measurements of its width and length. When you are asked for tile size, it is important to refer to the longest side of the tile. This will help you to select the mortar or adhesive that is appropriate for your tile, to purchase the correct amount of material and to use the right trowel size.

For example: Many wood look plank tiles are 6″ wide by 24″ or longer. So, the mortar that is selected for this installation should be recommended for a tile that over 15″ long such as MAPEI Large-Format Floor & Wall Tile Mortar, MAPEI Large Tile & Stone Mortar, MAPEI Large-Format Floor Tile Mortar mixed with MAPEI Polymer Additive, or MAPEI Uncoupling Membrane Mortar mixed with MAPEI Polymer Additive. In addition, the trowel that is used to spread the mortar should be appropriate for a tile that is over 15″ in length.

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