What Is Shade Variation & Caliber of Ceramic Tile ?

A tile’s shade (dye lot) refers to the coloration and reflectivity of a tile. A tile’s caliber refers to its facial dimension (size). Slight variations in shade and caliber are normally inherent from one production run to the next.

It is important to purchase tile that has the same shade (dye lot) and caliber, if at all possible, to ensure a pleasing aesthetic appearance as well as consistent grout joints. Before installing tiles, lay tile out for best distribution of shades.