Amount of tile needed?

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Old 09-04-10, 01:04 PM
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Amount of tile needed?

I am installing ceramic tile on my bathroom floor,and replacing the vanity top to accommodate 2 sinks. I'm now in the process of removing the existing linoleum. This sounds like the hardest part of the job from all the reading I've been doing. Ranch style house with slab foundation. The room is 8'x5'=40 sq. ft. I am using 16x16 tiles, how many will I need with the recommended extra 10% for mistakes. I have been reading the tile/flooring forums for the past week. There is a vast amount of info out there. This is a great site. Back to work
Materials ceramic 16x16 tiles
inlay glass tile 2"wide 8' long
M Bond latex mortar
c cure sanded grout polymer modified
1/2" notched trowel
 

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Welcome to the forums!! 16x16 tiles are way too big for that small a space IMO. 12x12 would be the max if I were doing it. Your average tile saw will barely cut a 12" tile, so with 16" tile you will be tested cutting the corners, etc. Don't forget to install your 1/4" cbu over a layer of thinset prior to laying your tile.
But to your question, a 16x16 tile is 256 sq in. Your floor is 5760 sq in, so you would need 22.5 sq ft plus 10% or 25 tiles. You would need 44 12x12, but you knew that.
Good luck with the project and let us know if we can help.
 
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We don't go to the square inch to determine area and how many tiles are required. Well...unless the tiles are 1"x1" maybe.

An 8x5 floor requires 24 tiles plus whatever extras you want to have on hand for boo boos and future replacement.

Are those glass tiles the same thickness as the 16"? Usually not. May cause you problems.

Chandler,

I think you missed the fact that this floor is a slab. So no backer board.

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Oops, thanks, Jaz. I was breaking down the floor and tile in common increments to make it easier to visualize and figure for diy purposes.
 
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I agree, 16x16 will not look very good in there. Too big. They will overwhelm the room.
 
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I agree, 16x16 will not look very good in there. Too big. They will overwhelm the room.
Agree....I used 12x12 tiles in both my baths and they work well for an area that size.
 
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My bathroom is a little smaller than this and has 12x12 tiles, no way I'd go with a bigger tile than that
 
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Wink 16x16 tiles

I agree about tile size.Area needing tile is 8ft by 5ft.(where toilet is 16" by 36" that area I have figured.). also I forgot to mention that I have already cut them down to 8x16, laid them out the length of bath in a vertical brick pattern and they look good. The linoleum has been removed I used my heat gun.Now the glue that is another matter, my god its hard to remove. I used boiling water and adhesive remover which worked well except for the edges. The water tends to runs toward the center of the floor. We are talking about a slab foundation.Is the floor usually poured this way in order to keep water away from walls an trim, in case of an overflow from toilet/tub. Or is it that I have another step? I need to pour self leveling compound before laying my 8x16 tiles. about the different thickness in my choice of tile. My floor tiles measure 5/16 and the glass tiles 2/16. I was going put down mortar lay floor tiles. Where the inlay tile goes I will use a 2x8 spacer to represent glass tiles. After the mortar dries back-butter glass tile and put in place. Kinda like doing a scratch coat first. If you have suggestion I'd appreciate them. Thanks for all the input
 
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self leveling compond

Regarding previous post about the bathroom floor ; should I apply the self leveling compond? The amount of slant in the floor is not visible when you look at it. The only reason I know it is there is because the edges would not stay wet,no matter the amount of water I poured on it to remove the glue.I had to place wet rags around the outer edges in order to keep the glue wet. Can I use the mortar to help level? I plan on using a 4' level when laying my tile. Do you think that the tiles still too large at 8"x16"? The size of the room is 9' 8" wide by 8'6" long. Any other ideas on the install of the glass tile is appreciated.
 
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How did you handle the cut edges of the tile? They are sharp and unless you dressed them, they can cut bare feet. You should use a floating compound, and not just concrete and try to make it do. The formulation is made for just what you are doing and it is self leveling. Slight variations can be made up with the thinset, but you would have to be the judge of that. Tiles of such a varying thickness (5/16 and 1/8") are going to be difficult to bring to a levelness. 1/8" is awfully thin for tile.
 
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If the glass mosaic tiles are too thin I guess I will have to rethink my design. I was only going to use them for a 2inch rectangular border.
 
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