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Unread 04-07-2005, 09:05 AM   #1
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Bathroom floor. What type of tile?

Getting ready to have a new bathroom floor installed and wanted to get feedback regarding pro's and con' s for various types of tiles. Marble, travertine, granite and other natural stones, as well as ceramic or porcelain.

Also, what about thoughts on polished vs. honed, 12"X12" vs. 18"X18", vertical vs. horizontal placement. Any information provided would be a great help in selection of tiles for my bathroom. By the way the bathroom has a dark green verde butterfly graninte countertop.

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Can't beat porcelain tiles, Wade. Other than that it's a matter of taste.
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Unread 04-07-2005, 05:30 PM   #3
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Always liked travertine myself wade. If you go with something like that, the honed lokks great and is a good surface for the floor. Bigger tiles open up the room in my opinion. Not sure what you mean about the vertical vs. horizontal; I always thought we had to lay'em flat?
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Problem with marble or granite tiles is that the floor gets wet and you fall on your ...tile.
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Not with honed travertine.
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Unread 04-08-2005, 08:19 AM   #6
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Thanks to all for the reply's so far. Will a honed natural stone solve the problem of slipping on wet tiles? Verticle vs. horizontal, sorry meant laying tiles diagonal vs. in straight rows. Does laying tiles diagonal open up a room? Do you have more wasted tile when layed diagonal? Can you use a 18"X18" tile in a smaller bathroom, floor size approx. 4' X 9' ? If floor is uneven is it best to float tiles?

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Unread 04-08-2005, 08:32 AM   #7
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Yes the unpolished honed travertine has a good feel to it on the floor. Definitely more waste when going diagonal, and yes it is best to float the floor if it is that uneven. Bottom line is you do not want something slippery on the bathroom floor. I would go with the bigger tiles if going straight, but 12 x 12 if going diagonal, it's all about preference.

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