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Shopping for the Right Tile Flooring

By Edited Feb 18, 2016 0 0

Tile can be a great flooring option for any part of your home. Tile can be durable and it is more scratch- and fire-resistant than other options. It is also great for areas that require water-proof flooring. Here are some things to keep in mind when you're shopping for tile floors.

Slip-proof
Areas like the kitchen and bathroom require flooring that is slip-proof. Look at the roughness of the tile, as this is what determines how slip-proof it is. Slip-proof tile is treated with abrasive material to roughen up its surface.

Hardness
The Porcelain Enamel Institute has the following five hardness ratings:

Group I – good for light traffic areas, i.e. bathrooms and areas that get mostly barefoot traffic.
Group II - medium traffic, good for most home interiors except kitchen and entryways.
Group III - medium-heavy traffic, good for any home interior.
Group IV - heavy traffic, good for home interiors and light/medium commercial areas
Group V - extra heavy traffic, can be used anywhere.

Porosity
Porosity refers to how water absorbent a tile surface is. The more porous a tile is, the less water resistant it is. Porosity ratings, form least to most porous, are as follows: Impervious, Vitreous, Semi-vitreous, and Non-vitreous.

Types of Tile
There are a lot of different kinds of tiles to choose from. Aesthetically, you are free to pick whatever you want. But keep in mind the different qualities of the tile which will make it more appropriate for certain areas of the house than others. Here are just some of the basic tile choices available.

Brick – Brick lends an earthy, rustic feel to a room. It's not very durable, but can be used well in outdoor areas of the home, like patios and yards.

Ceramic – Ceramic tile can be glazed or unglazed. Glazed tile has a glassy surface that's stain resistant and can come in a larger variety of bright colors. Glazed tile, however is not as slip proof. Unglazed tile offer less color variety, but it is more slip-resistant. Unglazed tile requires sealing, however, to help it resist stains better.

Porcelain – Porcelain is resistant to moisture, dense and good for high traffic areas.

Saltillo – Also called Mexican tile, Saltillo tile is air dried, which gives it a smoky, rustic, but also colorful look for ceramic tile floors in San Diego. However this also makes it softer and not as durable as other options.

Terrazzo – This is a hard tile, good for high traffic areas, made with stone or marble chips and highly polished.


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