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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Tiles & Pavers Guides
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Rectangular Straight Stack Bond Pattern
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Rectangular Straight Stack Bond Pattern
Rectangular Vertical Brickwork Pattern
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Rectangular Vertical Brickwork Pattern
Triangle Alternating Directions Pattern
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Triangle Alternating Directions Pattern
Two Tile English Cross Bond Pattern
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Two Tile English Cross Bond Pattern
Rectangular Herringbone Pattern
Illustrations of a Rectangular Herringbone tile and paver pattern with options for 90 degree and 45 degree variations

A Rectangular Herringbone Pattern consists of an arrangement of rectangle or parallelogram tiles in a repetitive pattern. It was named after its resemblance to the skeleton of a herring fish. The colors of the tile in the herringbone pattern can be alternated to bring a modern touch to a classic pattern.

A Rectangular Herringbone Pattern consists of an arrangement of rectangle or parallelogram tiles in a repetitive pattern. It was named after its resemblance to the skeleton of a herring fish. The colors of the tile in the herringbone pattern can be alternated to bring a modern touch to a classic.

Rectangular Herringbone 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: 90 degree, 45 degree

Drawings include:
Rectangular Herringbone Pattern sample, sample (45 degree), 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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Triangle Flip Pattern
Illustration of a tile pattern comprised of stacked and flipped triangles

A Triangle Flip Pattern is a pattern made of diamonds, but the center point of the diamond in the middle is cut horizontally to create two equilateral triangles mirrored over the horizontal line. This creates a repetitive pattern of triangles that can also be viewed as a tessellation of hexagons.

A Triangle Flip Pattern is a pattern made of diamonds, but the center point of the diamond in the middle is cut horizontally to create two equilateral triangles mirrored over the horizontal line. This creates a repetitive pattern of triangles that can also be viewed as a tessellation of hexagons.

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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: Triangle

Drawings include:
Triangle Flip Pattern sample, unit logic

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Two Tile Basketweave Pattern
Illustration of the Two Tile Basketweave tile and paver pattern with unit logic diagram

A Two Tile Basketweave Pattern is a pattern that consists of uniform squares, like that of a checkerboard. Each square is cut vertically or horizontally to create two additional rectangles in the square. The pattern is created by alternating between the tiles that are vertically cut and a blank square tile. The row alternates so that the row below alternates between a blank square and a tile that is horizontally cut.

A Two Tile Basketweave Pattern is a pattern that consists of uniform squares, like that of a checkerboard. Each square is cut vertically or horizontally to create two additional rectangles in the square. The pattern is created by alternating between the tiles that are vertically cut and a square.

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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 Basketweave Pattern sample, unit logic

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Two Tile Hopscotch Pattern
Illustration of the the Two Tile Hopscotch tile and paving pattern with unit logic

A Two Tile Hopscotch Pattern, also called a Modular Versailles, is a modular tile pattern that is laid in a specific arrangement with three or four sizes of square and rectangular tiles. This results in a pattern that is casual and uncalculated, but it is visually and geometrically balanced.

A Two Tile Hopscotch Pattern, also called a Modular Versailles, is a modular tile pattern that is laid in a specific arrangement with three or four sizes of square and rectangular tiles. This results in a pattern that is casual and uncalculated, but it is visually and geometrically balanced.

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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:
Two Tile Hopscotch Pattern sample, unit logic

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