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Unread 10-08-2020, 07:01 AM   #1
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Which way should my 4" x 8" run?

I have a 40ft x 8ft porch that I am getting ready to tile with 4"x8" tiles. Should my tiles run lengthwise which would mean I would have a 40' straight grout line or should they run front to back?
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Unread 10-08-2020, 07:22 AM   #2
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Can't see it from here...but your choice. Probably lengthwise.
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Unread 10-08-2020, 07:24 AM   #3
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It's up to your aesthetic preference. Running the tile lengthwise will emphasize the large room, and running tile perpendicular will shrink the room visually. Do you want the room to look gigantic or cozy? Also depends on the actual tile appearance.

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Unread 10-08-2020, 07:26 AM   #4
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It's an outside porch. But do you think it would be an issue to have long 40 ft grout lines running the length of the porch? Plus....if the porch depth (8ft side) is off a couple inches from one end of the porch to the other...would that make the last row of tile look "tapered"? Thanks
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Unread 10-08-2020, 07:55 AM   #5
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Well, is it off several inches? Provide more details about what is actually happening with the porch vs hypothetical. If you have an issue that you want to minimize, then you answered your own question. 40' joint line is fine unless you can't keep a straight line. But you should be finding your centers and snapping lines regardless.

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Unread 10-08-2020, 09:45 AM   #6
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No...it's not off. Just measured and within a half inch. Decided to run length wise. Thanks
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Unread 10-08-2020, 10:29 AM   #7
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Good call IMO. You never see wood plank flooring running the short way, its usually done the long way. Your tile would have a similar look and wood look pretty busy if you ran them the short way.
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Bdobz, they are 4" x 8" tiles, not planks. Seems like a lot of grout lines for an exterior porch area. I would prefer a larger format tile for sure, but not my porch. I am surprised no one asked what the porch substrate is, spans? flatness? sun/weather exposure, expansion joints, etc.
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