Thinking about using 18" square tile in kitchen

suel41452May 9, 2014

Tiling a 8x12' kitchen soon, and wondering if you all think 18" square tiles would be too large for such a small area?

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StoneTech

Actually very popular in small areas. Make sure the floor is very solid and very flat....the larger the tile the more critical "flat" will be.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 11:44AM
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suel41452

Well, our house - built in early 70's - probably is not flat at all! Guess I'll get installer to check flatness b4 buying tile. Maybe I can check that with a big level?

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 12:01PM
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Laurie

We used 18" x 18" porcelain tiles in our small kitchen (11' x 11'). I like the look and fewer grout lines.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 1:05PM
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suel41452

Laurie - your floor looks great with 18" tiles! I think they would work in mine, unless my floor is not flat enough.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 2:09PM
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Laurie

Thanks! I forgot to mention that we installed this tile on top of the existing sheet vinyl/linoleum. The vinyl was firmly adhered to the concrete sub floor. We used a stripper/cleanser product on the vinyl before starting this process.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 4:55PM
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susanlynn2012

Suel1452, if the floor is not flat, a good contractor can level it for you before installing the tile. So before buying finding a good contractor. I love Laurie's floor in her kitchen so much and her flooring in the rest of the house.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 10:34PM
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glennsfc

Large format tile is a good choice for your kitchen. My experience with installing large format tile in many kitchens convinced me long ago that the assumption that large patterns in small kitchens don't work *visually* was a preconceived notion.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 12:12AM
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suel41452

Thanks for all the feedback! I like the idea of fewer grout lines, too with 18" tile. I've been given the name of a really good contractor, so hopefully he can make it happen.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 8:40AM
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StoneTech

If you are not on slab, be sure to have him check the "Deflection." Minimum is L360.

Yes, use a long level or straightedge. TCNA specs call for flatness deviation of no more than 1/8" over, (as I recall,) 6 feet.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 3:01PM
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suel41452

Interesting, stone tech. The floor is not on concrete, has plywood under the vinyl flooring.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 6:55PM
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StoneTech

With standard bracing (Again, use the "Deflecto" from John Bridge dot com) You generally need an inch and an eighth for a substantial floor. You probably ought to get rid of the vinal as well....the adhesion is ONLY as good as what's underneath it.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 7:00PM
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suel41452

Plan definitely to get rid of the vinyl! But don't know anything about standard bracing. Is that like putting down ditra?

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 7:14PM
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StoneTech

Ditra is an excellent "isolation membrane" but it doesn't address the issue of "deflection." Again, go to John Bridge dot com and plug your figures into the "deflecto" at the top of the blue bar in the "forums" section to see if your floor qualifies.

You can also start your own thread there, if you like.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2014 at 4:50PM
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suel41452

ok, thanks

    Bookmark   May 12, 2014 at 7:36PM
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nansea57

We have 18x 18 tile in our smallish kitchen and I'm happy with the look. We removed the previous vinyl flooring, put down backer board, and used a leveling agent, but still ended up with hairline cracks across some of the tile (about 8 years after installation). I probably wouldn't use large tile again for that reason.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 9:38AM
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suel41452

Thanks for that info, nansea57 ! I think I better stick with 12" squares, our floor is pretty uneven.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2014 at 3:02PM
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