Tile flooring is a very popular all around the US. Its striking resemblance to the natural stone makes it much-in-demand flooring option. It gives a very beautiful and elegant look to your home. You have variety of colors and styles available in tile flooring.
Porcelain is popular tile for kitchen. If you want tile flooring for offices and commercial spaces, you have plenty of options available. Tile flooring is more expensive than other flooring options as it is more labor intensive. Before you consider tile flooring, you must have the answers to some important questions so that you make your decision based on actual facts. Some of the important FAQs related to tile flooring are:
- What is PEI rating of a tile?
PEI stands for Porcelain Enamel Institute which set the PEI scale to help the customers decide which tile to buy for a specific purpose. It’s a 0-5 rating which determines the abrasion resistance of a ceramic tile. Let’s have a look at the ratings:
- What is the difference between wall and floor tiles?
Wall tiles are softer, thinner and lighter than floor tiles. Wall tiles can’t bear the abrasive forces from foot traffic. As long as walls are strong enough to support it, there is no problem with the wall tiles. But one should keep in mind that wall tiles are not recommended for floor applications.
- How can you drill a hole through ceramic tile?
You can use a diamond drill bit or a carbide tipped masonry bit for better results.
- How long will tile last?
It usually lasts longer until you do not chip it a sharp or heavy object. The tile is made of finely ground stone and is hardened in a kiln.
- How is tile flooring installed?
The most common method involves affixing the floor tile to the substrate with the help of mortar or adhesive then the joint is filled with grout but there have been some innovations in floor installation which are better than conventional methods.
PEI 0 – A 0 rating indicates very little abrasion resistance and is suitable for walls and no-traffic areas.
PEI 1 – It’s best suitable for very light traffic residential areas where you can’t wear shoes and hard bottom slippers.
PEI 2 – This one is again recommended it for light traffic residential areas and these tiles can be used for indoor wall applications, light traffic residential bathroom floors and interior countertops applications.
PEI 3 – This one is quite abrasion resistant, hence can be used for moderate traffic areas. The tiles should not be used for commercial applications.
PEI 4 – It’s recommended for moderate to heavy traffic areas. The tiles can be used for light commercial applications such as lobbies and restaurants. It should never be used for heavy commercial applications.
PEI 5 – This has the highest rating which indicates its strength and durability. It is meant for heavy traffic areas. This type of tile is highly durable.
These are some of the important questions you must have on your mind before making any decision for tile flooring options.
Mac Flooring Inc is a leading flooring contractor in Aliso Viejo, California. We can answer all your queries regarding tile flooring. For more information, please call us at (949) 600-7779.