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Tile comes in many shapes and sizes, and so do the notches on trowels! Here are a few tips to help you find out which trowel is best for your project:

  • Generally, smaller tiles will require smaller notch sizes, and larger tiles will require larger notch sizes.
  • In terms of shape versus mortar distribution, v-notch trowels spread the least and square-notch trowels spread the most, while u-notch trowels are in between. Trowels with notches of different sizes, like the SuperiorBilt Platinum Trowel, provide even more mortar coverage, making them ideal for large tile installations.
  • Floors require a thicker mortar bed than walls, due to the extra stress from foot traffic and weight; larger trowel sizes should be used on floors to help create a thicker mortar bed.

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