Tile Price Comparison

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The Tile Price Comparison calculator compares two boxes (cases) of tiles that may be of different dimensions, count, and prices in different currencies and tells you which box is cheaper by the unit area covered.       flooring - carpet tiles.pngtiled surface

INSTRUCTIONS: Choose your preferred length and currency units and enter the following:

  • (L1) Length of Tiles in Box 1
  • (W1) Width of Tiles in Box 1
  • (N1) Number of Tiles in Box 1
  • (P1) Price of Box 1
  • (L2) Length of Tiles in Box 2
  • (W2) Width of Tiles in Box 2
  • (N2) Number of Tiles in Box 2
  • (P2) Price of Box 2

This calculator will tell you which is a better value and by what percent.

The Math

The calculator computes the total area for each box.  I then converts the price for each box into a single currency if they are not already (U.S. dollars).  It then makes a comparision and returns the percent savings one box represents over the other.


A tile is a manufactured piece of hard-wearing material such as ceramic, stone, metal, or even glass, generally used for covering roofs, floors, walls, showers, or other objects such as tabletops. Alternatively, tile can sometimes refer to similar units made from lightweight materials such as perlite, wood, and mineral wool, typically used for wall and ceiling applications. In another sense, a tile is a construction tile or similar object, such as rectangular counters used in playing games (see tile-based game). The word is derived from the French word tuile, which is, in turn, from the Latin word tegula, meaning a roof tile composed of fired clay.

Tiles are often used to form wall and floor coverings, and can range from simple square tiles to complex mosaics. Tiles are most often made of ceramic, typically glazed for internal uses and unglazed for roofing, but other materials are also commonly used, such as glass, cork, concrete and other composite materials, and stone. Tiling stone is typically marble, onyx, granite or slate. Thinner tiles can be used on walls than on floors, which require more durable surfaces that will resist impacts.1

Tiles are used in many projects to provide finishing to room and other areas.  Tiles come in numerous materials including:

  • ceramic tiles - used on floors, walls, baths
  • carpet tiles - used on floors and some walls
  • linoleum or vinyl tiles - commonly used on floors
  • glass tiles - used in baths, kitchens as walls and back-splashes.
  • slate or other stone tiles - commonly used on floors and occasionally on walls (e.g. large showers)
  • metal tiles - ceiling tiles and back splashes
  • plastic - used in baths and kitchens on walls (e.g. bath tub surround)
  • wood - used on wall and ceilings (this included cork)

The different materials in tiles suit different purposes from aesthetics on walls, to durability on floors, to water repelling in baths, to sound dampening on walls and ceilings and even floors.

The application of tiles varies based on the material.  Some tiles have adhesive backs, others require adhesives to be placed on the surface prior to laying the tiles.  In some cases, like ceramic tiles, a mud bed is recommended to provide a thick, consistent and stable base for the tiles.

See Also


  1. ^ Wikipedia - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tile