What percentage of extra tile do you typically order?

threeapplesMarch 20, 2012

The vendor for our marble tile suggests we order 10% extra for the foyer and hallway. My husband thinks this is excessive. Any thoughts?

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foyer and hallway 10 % seems accurate. Bigger rooms 5 to 7

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 10:56PM
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Sophie Wheeler

Your husband is totally incorrect. Having enough flooring to do the job right isn't the place to cheap out. And you need to have extras to store in case of damage down the road.

10% extra is fine for ceramic or porcelain laid straight. 15% for a diagonal layout.

You're not doing ceramic or porcelain. For natural stone, 15% allows for you to be able to cull some of the less "pretty" tiles as well as enough to allow for cuts. 20% for natural stone on the diagonal.

For some stones with a wide variation like some slates, 20-40% would be needed because the cull rate is much higher. I've seen cheap slate from a box store that had a 2 out of 3 cull rate. That takes that "bargain" price to a much higher level if you have to account for the unusable stone.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 11:31PM
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I recently ordered 20 X 20 porcelain tile for my kitchen and powder room. Square footage was measured and 15% was added for overage as floor will be laid diagonally. Well.....tile was laid and installer ran out of tiles for the powder room. I had to order 2 additional boxes asap which we are waiting for. I posted this on the kitchen forum and I was told that 20-25% is overage is best for diagonal floor.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 12:05AM
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6-10 percent for an average tile job. A bit more if it is staggered joint or diagonal. Never should be more than 10%.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2012 at 11:51PM
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