Learn About Tile
When buying tiles, it's important to consider your design goals and the tile's specific use. On each box, you can find different ratings, including the tile's grade, the level at which it absorbs water and its wear rating, among other categories. Use these ratings as a guide for choosing the best tiles for home use:
Every tile has a grade, ranging from one to three, with one being the best quality. If you are looking for a floor tile, make sure that you are only considering grade one or grade two tiles. These two grades are intended for floors. Grade two is usually less expensive than grade one but offers many of the same benefits. Tiles that are grade three are not strong enough to be floor tiles and are used solely for walls. While floor tile can be substituted for wall tile, the opposite is not true.
Types of Tile
There are three main types of tile: ceramic, porcelain, and stone. Ceramic tile and porcelain tile are the most popular types. They are commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms as flooring. For the most part, ceramic and porcelain are the same, but porcelain is denser than ceramic. This means that porcelain is better-equipped to handle heavy moisture, so it is actually practical for outdoor settings such as patios. If you are looking for a high-end tile that adds value to your home, then consider stone tile. Stone slabs feature unique mineral patterns that are never replicated, so you can have one-of-a-kind flooring in your home.
Where Can Tile Be Installed?
An advantage of tile is its installation versatility. Because it can withstand moisture and heat, tile can pretty much be installed anywhere in the home. Ceramic, porcelain, and even stone are especially popular in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms, but they also can be installed in living rooms and basements. Porcelain tile is even durable enough for outdoor settings such as patios and decks, and it can also handle the foot traffic you'd expect in commercial settings.
We also have tile that can be installed on your walls. Wall tile is versatile and can be used to create a custom backsplash, or you can use it in your shower. Wall tiles are light-weight and smaller in size so you can create more intricate patterns and designs.
One of the benefits of tiles is their water resistance. A tile's water absorption rate signals whether it's suitable for a bathroom, outdoors or other areas with moisture. The first two categories are not intended for bathroom use or outdoors, and are instead best for indoor, dry areas. Vitreous tile can be used in areas with moisture, while impervious tile is suitable for areas with considerable amounts of moisture. Porcelain tile falls into this last category. Tile classified as vitreous must be referred to as ceramic tile.
Durability of Tile
Durability is another one of the benefits of tiles. The tile's PEI wear rating (Porcelain Enamel Institute) is a measurement of strength and durability, and therefore its suitability for different floor applications. The PEI scale has ratings from one to five, with five being the strongest and most capable of resisting abrasion. If you are looking for tiles for home use, a rating of PEI 3 is suitable for nearly all residential applications. One of the main benefits of tiles with PEI ratings of 4 or 5 is their suitability for commercial applications, including areas with heavy traffic.
Our Selection of Tile
To learn more about tile, contact Carpet N' Drapes Carpet One Floor & Home in Jacksonville or Orange Park, FL. We have ceramic, porcelain, and stone tile from Bel Terra, which is a Carpet One Floor & Home exclusive brands.
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