For anyone who's ever attempted it, laying out tile can be time-consuming and frustrating. Luckily, software programs are available that allow users to lay out, design and even use existing floor plans to accurately create a tile layout plan. While some of these programs are geared toward professionals, even do-it-yourselfers will be able to use many of these programs.
TileGem is a free software program geared toward homeowners and other do-it-yourselfers looking to install and grout tile. This program can be used to create layouts and shop for tile online, and it can also be used to create inlay or other intricate tile patterns. Users can also match grout with tile and match tile with room colours and design. Users can create layouts on a grid, and they create mechanical drawings. Users can also calculate how many tiles and how much trim that they need based on room measurements. The company provides users with how-to videos to assist beginners.
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Precision Tile Pro
Precision Tile Pro is geared toward floor installers, tile retailers and homeowners. Features include the ability to draw dimension lines and the ability to use architectural drawings to layout tiles. Other features include the ability to import images, to export price quotes to Excel and other programs, and to print scale drawings. Users can choose from the standard desktop version or the online version. New users can learn from step-by-step tutorial videos on the website, and there is an online forum where customers can read answers and post their own questions. This is a fee-based service.
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Tile Designer is geared toward professionals, especially contractors and dealers. The program allows users to see 2-D and 3-D layouts of floor plans and designs. Other features include tile placement design guides and floor layout guides, and consumers also can edit tile patterns or create their own tile designs. With this program, users can also create installation diagrams for the floor installers and obtain reports on how the tile is being used. The program also comes with a library of tile patterns, colours and designs. Consumers can use this to lay out tiles patterns for walls, ceilings, baseboards and standard floors.
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