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Labour to use large tiles vs small tiles

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Labour to use large tiles vs small tiles

Is it less labor intensive and therefore not as costly to have larger tiles (ie. 2x2ft) installed in a bathroom, vs. installing the smaller typical subway tile in a bathroom?
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Nov 26, 2009
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About the same for 2x2 vs subway tile if we’re talking solely Labor. Personally, as an installer, I’d potentially even charge a little less. Easier to grout and easier to float less level and flat surfaces.
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kwasley wrote: About the same for 2x2 vs subway tile if we’re talking solely Labor. Personally, as an installer, I’d potentially even charge a little less. Easier to grout and easier to float less level and flat surfaces.
Yes i would agree. It should be cheaper for larger tiles. Are 2 x 2 the style now? That s friggin huge. And god forbid u break one.
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While you might save a little bit on labour, 2x2 is much less common than the typical 1x2 and plain white subway tile, so you're restricting your choices when you go 2x2. You can get inexpensive 1x2 and subway tile at the big box hardware stores, Costco, etc. but you'll have to go to a tile store to get good choices for 2x2, and hope they have enough in stock, wait for it to be shipped, etc. Thus, you'll be paying more for materials, in addition to being more restrictive with cosmetic choices.

That's why 1x2 is pretty much the standard now. 2x2 is mostly for commercial floors, I think.
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jm1 wrote: While you might save a little bit on labour, 2x2 is much less common than the typical 1x2 and plain white subway tile, so you're restricting your choices when you go 2x2. You can get inexpensive 1x2 and subway tile at the big box hardware stores, Costco, etc. but you'll have to go to a tile store to get good choices for 2x2, and hope they have enough in stock, wait for it to be shipped, etc. Thus, you'll be paying more for materials, in addition to being more restrictive with cosmetic choices.

That's why 1x2 is pretty much the standard now. 2x2 is mostly for commercial floors, I think.
Good to know. I like different but within range.
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2x2 square layout is the new trend.
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So the average bathroom has about 7 tiles?
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tempperm wrote: Yes i would agree. It should be cheaper for larger tiles. Are 2 x 2 the style now? That s friggin huge. And god forbid u break one.
I said the same thing when I was looking at tiles lol
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Yeah 2x2 is the new trend but can look out of place in a small room.
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2x2 tiles are a lot harder to install than 1x2 or 1x1 in my opinion. I am using 2x2 in my ensuite and loving it. I even use it in the shower as well.
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I watched an episode of This Old House last year where they were installing 48" x 48" porcelain tiles. They weighed 85 pounds each: those sure looked hard to install.
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tonershop wrote: 2x2 tiles are a lot harder to install than 1x2 or 1x1 in my opinion. I am using 2x2 in my ensuite and loving it. I even use it in the shower as well.
So ur using a linear drain in shower?
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tempperm wrote: So ur using a linear drain in shower?
No, I wish.. I actually did not use 2x2 in the shower base. Just the walls

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