Think of tile when you think of improving your kitchen or bathroom. Clean-looking and easy-to-clean, tiles last a lifetime in residential and commercial buildings. Earlier, tiles were made of mud and clay, and over time and advancement of technology, stones and granite are being used to create long-lasting floors. Tile flooring adds interest and offers versatility.
Benefits of Tile Flooring
There are several factors that should be taken into account while going for tile flooring. You need to keep in mind where it’s going to be used for, and other characteristics such as:
Abrasion resistance - A measure of the tile’s surface hardness. The higher the number, the harder the tile’s surface is.
Frost resistance - Frost resistance is based on how porous tiles are and how much water they can absorb. It is also dependent on the grout, subfloor, sealers, and other coatings together as a whole. It matters if tiles are going to be used in the outdoors.
PEI rating - The hardness of porcelain tile is rated by the Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) abrasion test. The scale ranges from 0-5 with 0 being tiles used for walls and tiles rated 5 being best for high-traffic areas like building entrances, swimming pools, and shopping malls.
Slip resistance - (COF-Coefficient of Friction) Pay attention to this number if you are using tile for a wet area or where there are going to be people who have difficulty walking.
Variation - This rating will give you an idea of how much variation in colour and shade there is between tiles. V1 indicates very little variation from tile to tile, while V4 tiles will have random variations of shade and even texture within the same pack.
Water absorption - This rating is a measurement of how much water the tile is likely to absorb. If tiles absorb too much water, they may crack. There are only four ratings -from least dense to the most, they are non-vitreous, semi-vitreous, vitreous, and impervious.
If you would like to learn more about the tile flooring options available with us, please call or drop by our store today.