When deciding on material’s durability, the tile industry has made it easier by coming up with a rating system. This system is called the PEI scale.
The ceramic tile makers have made it easier to do a classification. For you to determine which tiles are suitable choices for your application, the PEI system rates the surface of a tile from Class 1 to Class 5. Class 1 is the least resistant to abrasion. Class 5 is the most resistant.
Floor tiles take a lot of abuse and need to be manufactured to withstand the daily wear and tear. While any tile can be used on the wall and may not require a higher tile rating. A Class 2 or greater is a good choice for light traffic on residential floors. Higher traffic areas such as kitchens and entryways may have a Class 3 or greater to hold up the best.
Though it does not follow the rating system because natural stones are not man made. Much of this flooring still holds strong today, as stones have been used for thousands of years already. It will be good to find trained consultants with more than enough knowledge to guide you through which options to have. It will give you a long lasting durable floor once you have decided on which proper material to use. With the beauty and character you can only get from a natural stone it is a great choice.
Feel free to explore new materials to expand your flooring options. Choices range from cork to recycled concrete. There are glass tiles, which are made specifically for many flooring applications.
Tiles availability range from the small 3/8″ ones to 24″x48″ slab types. You may find other tiles and everything in between too. Larger tiles for floor and wall applications are recent shift. Those having 13″x13″ sizes have been becoming popular. The ones measuring 8″x10″ is the most popular for wall options. Up and coming sizes being 16″x16″ for floors and 8″x12″ for walls.
As many of the tiles are imported from Europe the current trend are even larger tiles having clean straight edges.
There are now many 12″x24″ tile options for floors and wall. Larger tiles make a space appear larger and that is the main reason. Coming in multiple sizes allow the creation of interesting patterns.
There are a few basic rules to remember. Still only you can decide which colors are right for you.
To make a space appear larger use lighter colors. To add warmth and hide dirt well use darker hues. To allow you to change your accessories from time to time, it is safe to use neutral colors. Trendy colors are good for focal points or accent areas.
Just keep in mind that your decisions will be with you for a long time. Choose properly.
Though most of the tiles look almost identical from piece to piece, color and shade variations provide more depth and character to give an overall look. Each time they are produced or quarried man made tiles and natural stones will still vary each time. It is recommended to view multiple pieces of the current shade lot if you require specific shades.
This is truer with natural stones, as tiles will vary a lot. So it’s always a good idea to see a couple of pieces first to see the overall picture. Any questions or concerns about your tile selection should be clarified prior to installation.
There may be shades that will spoil the overall look.