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Tile Flooring Checklist

Tile comes in a variety of types, styles, patterns and colors; so, which one do you choose? Our Tile Buying Checklist will assist you in asking your local flooring retailer pertinent questions before purchasing. For your convenience, we offer a print friendly version of the Tile Buying Checklist so you can take it with you when shopping.

Buying Tile Flooring? Know Before You Go!

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PDF icon for PDF fileBuying Tile Checklist - 166kb pdf | Download our buying checklist, so you know what questions to ask at your local floor store.
img of checkbox for checklist Questions to Ask Reason for Asking / Key Points About Buying Tile Floors
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checkbox for checklist What are the pros/cons of floor tile vs. other flooring? If you are unsure that floor tile is for you, this will help you decide.
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checkbox for checklist What different types of tile do you carry and how do they differ? You should be shown the following to get an idea of the brands or types you like:
  • Appearances (solid, marbled, flecked, patterned, glazed, unglazed)
  • Brands
  • Shapes and Sizes
  • Price Ranges
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checkbox for checklist What would you personally recommend for my situation? Consider:
  • The look you are trying to achieve
  • Home décor and furnishings
  • Climate extremes and traffic level
  • Any pets, kids or disabilities you have
  • The type of room (including stairs)
  • Type of subfloor (wood, concrete)
  • Need for sound insulation
  • Lighting
Once You Have an Idea of What Product You are Leaning Toward...
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checkbox for checklist What grade is this tile? Grade I: Not very strong and generally only used for interior walls.
Grade II: Light traffic areas like laundry rooms and bathrooms.
Grade III: Light commercial use and most general residential use.
Grade IV: High traffic area like grocery stores and residences.
Grade V: High traffic areas as well as areas exposed to chemicals.
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checkbox for checklist What is the average life expectancy? This ranges from 15 to 25+ years.
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checkbox for checklist Is this preferred for a DIY installation? Ask for DIY instructions. These can also be found in our installation instructions.
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checkbox for checklist What does the Manufacturer's Warranty cover and how long does it last? Look for a warranty accompanied by a large US company backing the product. If you find a cheap warranty from a private labeled product without a big US presence, be cautious. Read the fine print!
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checkbox for checklist What can you tell me about the manufacturer and your experience with their products?
  • How long and how much have you sold?
  • Customer Testimonials?
  • Large or small/private label?
  • # of years in business?
  • Do they provide support?
Other factors to consider
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checkbox for checklist Is the product in stock or does it have to be ordered? Is there a minimum order? Rare products may take longer to ship. Ask your salesperson to check stock with the distributor. Normally you can order 1 box at a time. Be aware of potential shipping costs due to weight.
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checkbox for checklist What is your return policy? Find out penalties, fees and stipulations for returning. Can you return extra tile?
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checkbox for checklist What is the lead time before I can have this completely installed? Consider factors such as ordering the product, waiting for arrival, acclimatization and installation.
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checkbox for checklist What other tile floor accessories or products might I need and do you carry them? Examples: Grout, moisture barrier or underlayment, adhesives, trims and moldings, tools for installation, rugs or mats
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checkbox for checklist Can you provide care instructions? Follow all the manufacturer's instructions to ensure your warranty is not voided.
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checkbox for checklist Do you sell cleaning kits and repair kits? Look for products recommended by the manufacturer.
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checkbox for checklist May I see a sample of the actual flooring? If it is in stock, ask to remove a piece from actual box to inspect it (not all retailers will allow this). If undecided, ask to take a floor sample home. Evaluate how it works with the other colors and the lighting in the room?
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checkbox for checklist What financing options are available? Consider financing if you decide on a product that is more than your budget.
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checkbox for checklist Do you deliver? If so, curbside or stacked in the installation area? Is there a fee? How many days do I have to schedule in advance? Do I need to move furniture? Are there any other preparations that I need to take?
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checkbox for checklist Do you offer installation? If not, do you have a list of licensed installers &/or contractors you recommend? If not, use's directory search tool; "Find it Locally", to find a local flooring professional, installer (contractor), or cleaner.

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