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Unread 05-14-2010, 02:54 PM   #1
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Best Place to Buy Tile

Hi. We need to redo our master bath and kids' bathroom. I love the travertine look porcelain tiles but don't have a lot of money to spend. Any suggestions/ideas as to the best place to buy tile-reasonable price and good quality online or around Washington DC. My home depot had a daltile porcelain tile on sale last week for 0.77c a sq feet. The info on the label was SH 99-sandhurst 1212hd1P6 with a PEI rating of 3. Is this a good bargain. I couldn't find any information about the tile on line. Thanks in advance.

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Unread 05-14-2010, 04:14 PM   #2
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either its a discontinued tile from Daltile or made just for Home Depot.
I dont have it in my Daltile price book either.

0.77c a sq feet is cheep for tile.
but it's probably a good tile.
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HD generally has, from Dal, tile that isn't quite up to the standards of professional tile....although this can vary. Find something you like? "Rack" up a dozen of the tiles. In other words, mix em' up and set them on a flat surface. Is there a lot of size variation to them? Over 1/8" or so? If so, that's why they're cheap. If they're close and you like them....go for it.
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Thanks. Interesting. I love this forum cos I learn something new each time. Any other suggestions as to where to buy tile?
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Unread 07-21-2010, 11:59 AM   #6
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Daltile Travata

I'm considering daltile travata in fresco cream for my bathroom remodel. Does anyone have any experience with this tile? Is this a good tile to go with or not. For under $2 a square foot for the 12x12, is it a good deal. As always, thanks for the wonderful information, help, suggestion, etc on this board.

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Unread 07-21-2010, 06:55 PM   #7
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I did a 600 sf job with it last year. I didn't like working with it. It was all the same calibration according to the boxes but the sizing was horrible. Some pieces were as much as 1/8" bigger or smaller than others. In my experience, that's typical of many of Daltiles products. Sorry, but you asked. Good luck.
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I do new construction and that's one of the Daltile selections the builder has for homeowners. I agree with Mark on the sizing issues. I've used Travata a couple of times. Fortunately, I did a brick pattern which helped a little bit. Probably not great for straight set.
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Oh my goodness! Thank you Mark and Donald I was going to go ahead and order the tile yesterday when I didn't get any replies to to my post before I left the office. Am I glad I decided to wait. What about Daltile Brancacci tile? Thanks in advance
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Unread 07-22-2010, 06:54 PM   #10
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I've used Brancacci Windrift Beige recently, but it was 10x14 wall tile. I didn't have any problems with that tile. I couldn't tell you about the floor tile in that series as the homeowner picked from the Salerno series. The Salerno I installed was 18x18 and I had sizing problems with that. So, I would venture to guess you might have sizing problems with the Brancacci.
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Sandhurst tile

I also just saw the same tile on sale at Home Depot for $0.77 a tile. The brand name on there says Sandhurst. The employees there say it's just fine and that Home Depot bought too much of it so they are trying to get rid of it. It looks 'ok' but I too am concerned about the quality.
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Can I use 12X12 floor tiles on a bathroom wall?

I'm particularly interested in the Daltile Salerno and the Daltile Brancacci series. Daltile website describes the 12X12 tiles as floor tiles. Can I go ahead and use them on the bathroom walls as well? I like the uniformity of same size tiles. Thanks
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Unread 07-30-2010, 11:09 AM   #13
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Welcome, Mercy.

Please bookmark this thread and use it for all your project questions so folks can see the history and what's been previously asked and answered.

You can use any floor tile on any wall. There are some restrictions on actual wall tiles being used elsewhere.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Please see the attachment photo.. I went with 12/12 floor tiles for both the dry floor and wet/dry wall areas of the shower. I used 2x2s on the base of the wet shower area.

I got some cheap ceramic tiles that had a really good hardness rating, but wound up going back and getting porcelain tiles for not much more. It was 60cents/sq ft for the ceramic, and 1.15/sq ft for the porcelain. I really didn't like the way the back of the ceramic tiles wicked up water...

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As always, thanks for the mine of information. Jeff, can you tell me the name of the porcelain tile that cost $1.15/sq ft and where it was purchased from? Any tile shop suggestions in the washington dc area? Thanks again.
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