comparing porcelain tiles-similar but different price

October 5, 2010

I'm looking for 20 x 20 beige-ish porcelain floor tiles with movement (I call them "swirls")for about 2000 square feet. I have narrowed it down to three slightly different porcelain tiles from three different places. I really could be happy with any of them but the prices are different.

Is there a quality difference in the tiles? They are all rectified porcelain-not ceramic. The prices are 2.00, 2.50, and 3.50 per square foot.

Each place told me there is no difference in quality, it is just design, etc. The hardness and quality is the same and none are "seconds."

Is that accurate? Is the cheaper one also cheaper quality? Is there something else I should be aware of? Also all of these are smooth on top, not the kind with "dings" although they look similar to that. Thanks! (also posted on flooring forum but this one gets more activity)

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