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We are installing our porcelain tile ourselves. These are 5x32 tiles that look like wood planks. The question is which way to lay the tile?? This small room has a front and back door. Do the tiles go horizontal that way door to door or do they go horizontal from wall to wall the other way??? Is there a proper way to do this or is it a matter of choice? Also how small should the grout joint be? Thanks....
 
Posts: 56 | Location: New Jersey | Registered: Apr 24, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Generally speaking a wood floor would be parallel to the longer axis of the room because floor joists would span the shorter distance and the flooring would be perpendicular to the joists. If you're looking to keep this looking as if it were wood, use the same alignment. I'd also use the minimum grout thickness recommended by the tile manufacturer because there is NO space between planks of a wood floor. Also, use a grout color the same as the darkest color showing in the tile.
 
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Thanks for that information. That does answer my questions. I really appreciate it.
 
Posts: 56 | Location: New Jersey | Registered: Apr 24, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Porcelain tile 5" x 32"? Lots of luck! The backer would have to be like concrete to keep the tile from cracking.
 
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Yes the floor is concrete.....
 
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On the other hand...

Not to be contrary but it really does not matter. It is just personal taste. Do you want the long joints to be parallel to the light source or not? That is the other criterion frequently used.

In my opinion is do whatever is the easiest to install with the fewest problems. That will make you glad you did it yourself and you will be happiest with it.
 
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