Tile Floor Thickness Akron, OH

Tile Floor Thickness: Decoding the Dimensions for a Flawless Finish

When embarking on a tile flooring project, understanding tile floor thickness is crucial for a successful installation and a beautiful, durable result. Tile thickness isn't just about aesthetics; it plays a vital role in the tile's functionality and longevity. 

Let's delve into the world of tile dimensions, exploring the different types of tiles, factors affecting thickness, and how to calculate tile floor thickness. When you’re ready, stop in our Akron, OH tile store to browse our extensive collection of flooring materials. 

Understanding the ins and outs of tile thickness

Tile thickness refers to the vertical measurement of a single tile from its top surface to its bottom. It's usually measured in millimeters (mm) or inches. The thickness of a tile can vary significantly depending on the type of tile, its intended use, and the manufacturer's specifications.

Types of tiles and tile thicknesses

Ceramic tile: 

Ceramic tiles are versatile and widely used for both walls and floors. Their thickness typically ranges from 6mm to 12mm. Thinner tiles (6-8mm) are generally suitable for walls, while thicker tiles (8-12mm) are preferred for floors to withstand foot traffic and resist cracking.

Porcelain tile: 

Porcelain tiles are denser and more durable than ceramic tiles, making them ideal for high-traffic areas. Their thickness ranges from 8mm to 12mm, with some thicker options available for specific applications.

Natural stone tile: 

Natural stone tiles like marble, granite, slate, and travertine come in various thicknesses depending on the type of stone and its intended use. Their thickness can range from 10mm to 20mm or more.

Glass tile: 

Glass tiles are primarily used for walls and backsplashes due to their delicate nature. Their thickness is typically thinner than ceramic or porcelain tiles, ranging from 4mm to 8mm.

Factors affecting tile floor thickness

Several factors influence the overall thickness of your tile floor, including:

  • Thinset Mortar: The layer of adhesive used to bond the tiles to the subfloor typically adds about 3mm to the overall thickness.
  • Underlayment: In some cases, an underlayment like cement board or backer board is installed over the subfloor to provide a stable base for the tiles. This can add another 6mm or more to the thickness.
  • Tile Variation: Even tiles of the same type and size can have slight variations in thickness. It's essential to account for these variations during installation to ensure a level surface.

How to calculate tile floor thickness

To determine the total thickness of your tile floor, add up the following:

  1. Tile Thickness: Measure the thickness of a single tile.
  2. Thinset Mortar Thickness: Estimate the thickness of the thinset mortar layer (usually 3mm).
  3. Underlayment Thickness (if applicable): If you're using an underlayment, measure its thickness.


If you're using a 10mm thick porcelain tile with 3mm of thinset mortar and a 6mm cement board underlayment, your total tile floor thickness would be 19mm (10mm + 3mm + 6mm).

Need help with your project? Call Barrington Carpet & Flooring Design

At Barrington Carpet & Flooring Design in Akron, OH, we understand the intricacies of tile floor installation. With our roots dating back to 1978 as Design Carpet Warehouse, we have decades of experience in providing high-quality flooring solutions and expert installation services.

Whether you're in Akron, Copley, Hartville, North Canton, Uniontown, or any of the surrounding areas, our team is dedicated to helping you choose the perfect tile and ensuring a flawless installation. We pride ourselves on our commitment to customer satisfaction and offer a lifetime warranty on every carpet installation.

Visit our showroom or give us a call today to explore our extensive tile collection and let our experts guide you in creating a beautiful and durable tile floor that meets your needs and style.