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Old 11-27-2009, 06:20 PM   #1
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58 cent LOWES ceramic tile? Any good

I was shopping at Lowes today and noticed their black friday special of 58 cents 12" ceramic tile. Regularly 78 cents. Anyone use this stuff before? what do you thin of it? I looked at some other ceramic tiles and thought the stuff looked nice, but i am a novice and I'm doing my first tile job so comments on what kinds of tiles are best and what to look out for would be appreciated.
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:22 PM   #2
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you get what you pay for.
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:32 PM   #3
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Yeah, I hate to admit this, but I put that stuff in my laundry room.
For that room, it was actually okay tile, but you DO get what you pay for.
The pattern on the tiles is all identical. All of them. So you need to be ready for that.
Other than that little surprise, the tile seems to be doing okay so far.
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:41 PM   #4
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How to thump a tile to tell if its ripe

The first sign of a decent tile is heft. When you pic it up it should have some weight to it. If it feels like its made of chalk, it will crack or chip easily. Perhaps in the box on the way home.

Cheaper tiles often have a very thin glazing on them and a very thin color layer. To get a cross section view of the tile "look around" for a broken one, wink wink. If the glazing and color layer are so small you need glasses to see them, put the tile down.

Cheaper tiles all have the same pattern printed on them. It takes a bit of paying attention to keep from noticing that on the finished installation.

The overall thickness of cheap tiles is 1/4" or less. Look around at the "pricier" tiles in the big box store and look at the thickness of those tiles. By making the tiles thinner they save on materials to make them.

Cheap tiles "sound" cheap. When you give a cheap tile a thump with your finger, it sounds more like a bell then a solid thud.

Cheap tiles are a little bit harder to work with. They often crush when scoring them, break poorly when snapping them and chip easily when handling them.

Let me say it this way; I am partial to through body porcelain, solid granites and marbles, Brazilian slate, and a few others. Most of the tiles we handle start around $5 a foot wholesale.
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You will have to open the grout joints up to accomadate for the irregular size difference.
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:58 PM   #6
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any black friday tile deals?

OK, that was some good advice. Anyone know of any weekend deals on some mid range tile going on right now?
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Old 11-27-2009, 07:05 PM   #7
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how much do you need ?
I have 365 sq.ft. of 18x18 Brown Porcelain tile I'm trying to sell.
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Old 11-27-2009, 07:12 PM   #8
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given the weight of tile, I don't think it would be economical to ship and the minimum freight charge would be $100.
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You can find good deals at those places that sell end runs, close outs, and other stuff that fell off the truck on its way to the warehouse. The same rules apply when judging tile. Those types of places around here are all "lets make a deal" so put your bargaining skills to the test. I was very tempted to buy the white granite for my own bathroom but they didn't have enough.
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Old 11-27-2009, 07:36 PM   #10
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store names please?

where would I find those types of stores? Any specific names?
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Roland, if you add a little information to your User Profile, like indicating your geographic location, questions like that would be more likely to get specific answers.
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if you want cheap tile your best bet is to do some looking around where you live and find a tile store. us giving you names of stores wont help since we don't know your location and you probably only have Home Depot and Lowes near you that we know of.
buying online will have shipping and will drive your price up.
try fast floors
http://www.fastfloors.com/
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Old 11-27-2009, 08:13 PM   #13
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You don't say a name of the tile; but if it's the beige in the green boxes called "Texas Beige" made in Mexico, it's not too bad for cheap tile. Sizing is good, easy to work with, thin glaze though that seems to chip easy while installing.

The "Roman" stuff is actually pretty nice porcelin. That would be a much better tile at Lowes.
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The "Roman" stuff is actually pretty nice porcelin.
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brain you stealing tile again how much is it a buck a foot
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