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daedesign's picture
daedesign

I would like to tile my small front entrance with 1" by 2" herringbone tile on a square foot mesh sheet. If at all possible I would like it to resemble a Madeline Weinrib zigzag pattern if using the herringbone tile in two different colours. I'm also looking for coloured penny tiles, like those used in the TTC subway stations. I would prefer orange if at all possible. Can anyone help me with this? I wouldn't think it would be so difficult to find these tiles, but I seem to be striking out everywhere I call and I really don't want to order from the U.S. 

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spersaud

Sorry to hear the search has been so difficult!

A few more places in Canada you could try include:

Hope this helps!

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daedesign

I did just that, but most images are in the United States. I've contacted X-tiles, Olympia, Centura, Ciot, Saltillo and they can only get white penny tiles or marble from Saltillo for about $25/sq ft. No one seems to carry the coloured penny tiles anymore, except for the States. I've also asked a local floor company about the 1"by2" herringbone ceramic tile that I see on line, but they say they contacted two of their suppliers and they don't carry them. I have spent hours searching the internet. We did our kitchen backsplash 3 years ago with penny tile and they had about 5 colours of tile. That was through Centura, but they no longer carry them. We also used the epoxy grout, and nothing stains the grout lines, so we will definitely be using it for the front entrance. Thanks for your comments, but I think I'll have to use different tiles for the entrance, possibly the hexagon tiles. 

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Nestor_Kelebay

PS2:  If it were me, I would pay extra and use EPOXY grout instead of a cement based grout on these tiles.  That's because a normal cement based grout will dry porous, and in a front entranceway, dirty water from rain and melted snow will be absorbed into a porous cement based grout.  You COULD apply an acrylic sealer to the cement based grout, but since the tiles are so small, the only practical way to do that would be the seal the whole tiled area of floor with an acrylic sealer, and that's going to make the floor slippery when wet.So, if it were me, I would tell my contractor to use an epoxy grout on these mosaic tiles.  Epoxy dries non-porous, so it won't absorb any dirty water to start looking dirty itself.

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Nestor_Kelebay

PS:  I don't see any problem doing what you're wanting to do, other than the labour costs being a bit higher.  You could probably save yourself a bit of money by cutting through the paper or plastic backing on the herring bone mosaic tiles to produce 12 inch long rows of "chevrons" yourself.

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Nestor_Kelebay

Well, when I went to Google's home page, clicked on the "Images" link and entered the character strings:Herringbone Mosaic TilePenny Mosaic TileI got 20,600 and 71,400 results, respectively.Why don't you do that and snoop through all the results you get.  Normally, there'll be enough information on the web page those images are taken from to determine who makes and/or sells that particular kind of mosaic tile. 

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