Natural Stone Tile Thicknesses

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Many people ask about the thicknesses of the travertine tiles. It may be because they are trying to minimize the impact the new floor is going to have on doors and counters. Sometimes its because they want to make sure its OK to use on the walls. Other times its just because they want the thinnest possible for handling purposes.

Here are some nuggets that might help as far as travertine “norms” are concerned.

  • 12″x12″ and smaller are usually going to be 3/8″ thick. A tile that is 3/8″ thick is going to weigh about 5.5 lbs per square foot.
  • 16″x16″ and 18″x18″ are usually going to be 1/2″ thick. A tile that is 1/2″ thick is going to weight about 6 lbs per square foot.
  • 24″x24″ tiles are usually going to be 5/8″ thick. A tile that is 5/8″ thick is going to weight about 8 lbs per square foot.

Keep in mind that custom thicknesses for each size are possible and slabs can be done in 2cm and 3cm thicknesses, but these are some good rules of thumb.

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Marc McPherson