Tiles can add a unique sense of style and elegance to your home or commercial property. Having been used for centuries, there are a variety of types, textures, colors, and patterns available. In addition to providing a durable surface for both indoor and outdoor use, it is also low maintenance and affordable. At Aesthetic Flooring Inc, we offer a huge variety of quality tile and stone options that are great for bathrooms, kitchens, sunrooms, great rooms, patios, and more!
Types of Tile Available
Glazed ceramic tile
Through body porcelain tile
Choose From a Variety of Natural Stone Options
Natural stone is another durable tile alternative. It comes in a huge variety of shapes, colors, sizes, and finishes. We offer:
Determining which type of tile is most suitable for your commercial, industrial, or residential location can be difficult and confusing. Don't do it alone! Our expert staff has years of experience and can offer the honest advice you need. Most tiles are rated for wear resistance on the PEI (Porcelain Enamel Institute) Scale. This scale ranks tile from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest).
PEI 1: This type of tile is good for light traffic areas where shoes are not frequently used such as residential bathrooms.
PEI 2: This type of tile is recommended for medium traffic areas and is good for use in most residential interior spaces. Avoid use of this tile in areas that could come in contact with gravel or sand.
PEI 3: This type of tile is good for medium to heavy traffic areas and can be used in all types of residential interiors and some low traffic commercial spaces.
PEI 4: This type of tile is recommended for any type of residential setting and most commercial interiors, including malls and other heavy traffic, public areas.
PEI 5: This type of tile is appropriate for use in heavy traffic commercial and residential areas, where heavy-duty wearability is necessary.
Water Absorption and Tile Shading
In addition to the above mentioned factors, water absorption and shading should also be considered with purchasing tile. Tile being used outdoors should always have a very low water absorption rate. Like any natural product, the shading and coloring will vary from tile to tile. It is always best to view 2 - 3 tiles together to get a feel for the overall look, before making a final decision.
Determining Tile Hardness
Tile hardness and ability to resist scratching is typically tested using the MOHS Test and rating system. This system ranks tiles from 1 (softest) to 10 (hardest). Most ceramic tiles typically have a rating of about 5, making them suitable for residential use. A ranking of 7 or higher is suggested for higher traffic and commercial areas.
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