Tiles, and related pavers, are manufactured repeatable units arranged in various patterns as floor or wall coverings. Crafted with durable materials such as ceramic, clay, metal, stone, wood, and glass, tiles are most commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms where it is desired to have easy to clean and impact resist surfaces. Pavers, typically distinguished by their increased unit thicknesses and greater durability for exterior applications, are often produced in stone, brick, or concrete and used for roads, driveways, patios, and walkways. In conjunction with the variety of possible patterns available, tiles throughout history have also been used ornamentally to form complex decorative mosaics around the world.

What is the difference between a tile and a paver?

Although the words tile and paver are often used interchangeably in the tile industry, the difference between a tile and paver is usually determined by the thickness of the unit. Tiles are generally 1” (25 mm) and thinner, while pavers are typically 2” (51 mm) and greater.

What surfaces are tiles used on?

Tiles are commonly installed on prepared indoor substrates such as concrete floors, prepared wood floor, or walls.

What surfaces are pavers used on?

Pavers, unlike tiles, are typically used on both flexible and rigid exterior surface conditions where drainage and/or permeability is important. Flexible surfaces include compacted soils and graded aggregates, while rigid surfaces typically refer to concrete slabs.

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Two Tile Cobblestone Pattern
Illustration of the logic and pattern created in a Two Tile Cobblestone tile and paving system

A Two Tile Cobblestone Pattern utilizes rectangular tiles oriented vertically and horizontally, and smaller square tiles the size of the rectangle divided in half. The tiles are alternated to create a pattern that resembles a cobblestone. This pattern is best suited for the floor of a garden or patio.

A Two Tile Cobblestone Pattern utilizes rectangular tiles oriented vertically and horizontally, and smaller square tiles the size of the rectangle divided in half. The tiles are alternated to create a pattern that resembles a cobblestone. This pattern is best suited for the floor of a space.

Two Tile Cobblestone Pattern
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Wall Tile Sizes:
1” x 2” | 25 x 51 mm
2” x 4” | 51 x 102 mm

Floor Tile Sizes:
3” x 6” | 76 x 152 mm
4” x 8” | 102 x 204 mm
5” x 10” | 127 x 254 mm
6” x 12” | 152 x 304 mm

Shapes: Rectangle, square

Drawings include:
Two Tile Cobblestone Pattern sample, unit logic

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Diamond Pattern
Drawing of a Diamond Pattern tile and paving strategy with unit diagram

A Diamond Pattern is a pattern made of diamonds or elongated squares. Most patterns have layers of overlapping motifs to add a sense of three-dimensionality, movement, and texture. The tiles can be the same color, or they can alternate, and this pattern will add a statement to any room, floor, or backsplash.

A Diamond Pattern is a pattern made of diamonds or elongated squares. Most patterns have layers of overlapping motifs to add a sense of three-dimensionality, movement, and texture. The tiles can be the same color, or they can alternate, and this pattern will add a statement to any room or floor.

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Wall Tile Sizes:
2” | 51 mm
3” | 76 mm
4” | 102 mm

Floor Tile Sizes:
6” | 15 cm
8” | 20 cm
12” | 30 cm
16” | 41 cm
18” | 46 cm
24” | 61 cm

Shape: Square

Drawings include:
Diamond Pattern sample, unit logic

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Octagon Dot Pattern
Drawing of the Octagon Dot pattern commonly seen in tile and paving systems

An Octagon Dot Pattern is an ideal design for a retro inspired look. Smaller tiles surround an octagon. It is mosaic pattern that is a remake of a classic look, and the pattern is good for kitchens, baths, and other areas around the home.

An Octagon Dot Pattern is an ideal design for a retro inspired look. Smaller tiles surround an octagon. It is mosaic pattern that is a remake of a classic look, and the pattern is good for kitchens, baths, and other areas around the home.

Octagon Dot Pattern
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Wall Tile Sizes:
2” | 51 mm
3” | 76 mm
4” | 102 mm

Floor Tile Sizes:
6” | 15 cm
8” | 20 cm
12” | 30 cm
16” | 41 cm
18” | 46 cm
24” | 61 cm

Shape: Octagon

Drawings include:
Octagon Dot Pattern sample, unit logic

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Hexagon Pattern
Drawing of a hexagonal tile pattern with unit logic diagram for tiles and pavers

A Hexagon Pattern tile is a mosaic of hexagons, where three hexagons meet at each vertex; this pattern is then repeated. The internal angle of the hexagon is 120 degrees, so that three hexagons at a point make a full 360 degrees. This tiling is ideal for walls, backsplashes, and showers.

A Hexagon Pattern tile is a mosaic of hexagons, where three hexagons meet at each vertex; this pattern is then repeated. The internal angle of the hexagon is 120 degrees, so that three hexagons at a point make a full 360 degrees. This tiling is ideal for walls, backsplashes, and showers.

Hexagon Pattern
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Wall Tile Sizes:
2” | 51 mm
3” | 76 mm
4” | 102 mm

Floor Tile Sizes:
6” | 15 cm
8” | 20 cm
12” | 30 cm
16” | 41 cm
18” | 46 cm
24” | 61 cm

Shape: Hexagon

Drawings include:
Hexagon Pattern sample, unit logic

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Rectangular Straight Stack Bond Pattern
Illustrations of horizontal and vertical Rectangular Straight Stack tile and paver patterns

A Rectangular Straight Stack Bond Pattern is great to add a contemporary look in bathrooms, kitchens, or commercial spaces. The pattern is a straight grid format with no offsets in the tiles, but instead of squares like a traditional grid, the pattern utilizes rectangles.

A Rectangular Straight Stack Bond Pattern is great to add a contemporary look in bathrooms, kitchens, or commercial spaces. The pattern is a straight grid format with no offsets in the tiles, but instead of squares like a traditional grid, the pattern utilizes rectangles.

Rectangular Straight Stack Bond Pattern
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Wall Tile Sizes:
1” x 2” | 25 x 51 mm
2” x 4” | 51 x 102 mm

Floor Tile Sizes:
3” x 6” | 76 x 152 mm
4” x 8” | 102 x 204 mm
5” x 10” | 127 x 254 mm
6” x 12” | 152 x 304 mm

Shape: Rectangle
Variations: Vertical, horizontal

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Rectangular Straight Stack | Bond Pattern sample (horizontal), sample (vertical), unit logic

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