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Tile is not an easy purchase. It's something that most people debate over for at least a few weeks before settling on the perfect one. With that in mind, we know our customers may come back to visit multiple times before making a purchase. You can now save your favorites to our Wishlist function, email your saved items to yourself or someone else, and come back to the list the next time you're on our site. It even remembers you cross-devices if you enter your email.

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Viewing samples of tile in person is important, and we want to make sure you have those resources. Found a product on seattletiledirect.com you want to see samples of? Simply go to the Details tab in the product description, and you'll find the vendor. Most have local showrooms open to the public (addresses and hours listed below). If no samples are available locally, we will do our best to ship a swatch directly to you for the cost of a USPS flat rate box.

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Ever wondered the difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles? And what are they actually made of? Plus, what else is out there, and which material will work best for your installation? A lot of times it's hard to say, as most materials will work on multiple surfaces. There are a few rules to follow, though, and we wanted to break them down as simply as possible.

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How do you go about picking the right tile? Well, you have somehow come across a blog post advising you where to start, so you're certainly doing something right. Choosing tile can be overwhelming: allow us to give you an introduction.

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Tile quantities are usually fairly simple to calculate. Just grab your tape measure and calculator, and some simple math will get you there. It's always best for someone who has been in the physical space to take care of quantities. This is because they are able to understand whether their measurements are exact or approximate, lay out the room based on tile size and ideal pattern, and estimate more appropriately how much overage they'll need.

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