It is the grade of the tile. That means the 3.99 tile will be harder
and will have better finish. The difference in the hardness will be
whether that dropped coffee mug chips a tile or not.
Labor and supplies is still going to be the biggest expense, using
cheap tile is false economy.
On Mon, 23 Apr 2007 11:37:07 -0400, gfretwell wrote:
If you are laying them yourself, go for good quality flat tiles that have
a consistent size. Many very cheap tile deals are seconds and as such
they can vary slightly in size, and quite often they have slight twists in
them. A good tiler can minimize these faults, but an amateur has no chance.
Read the information at www.thetiledoctor.com and you'll see some of
what is behind price differences and the various tile available (and
why there's so much other than just color and size).
The point is to buy tile suited for the purpose. While the
differences may not be apparent superficially, in general, the old saw
of "get what you pay for" is applicable.
The long term service of the tile you choose may come back to haunt
you if you choose poorly.
Honestly if you have to ask the answer is probably, NO Difference. Once
you've laid a ton of tile you'll really start to notice the difference in
quality and finish. Some of the cheap tiles literally look like the pattern
has been painted on and then glazed into the tile. Better tiles are harder,
wear better have texture and colour that is realistic. Get 1/2 dozen of each
price range and ask yourself which ones look better. OR take a trip to your
local Home Depot or Rona and look up on the wall, without looking at price
walk around and pick six styles that you love.
I was trying to make the point that if they picked a tile based on the look
and quality they would soon find out that they are the more expensive tiles.
For some reason people always pick the high quality stuff and then after
looking at the price convince themselves that all of it looks the same.
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