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Tile's hardness ratings

-- Medium traffic. These tiles are designed to use in interior design where little erosion occurs bet they are not suitable for kitchens, entries or stairwells.

-- Medium traffic. These tiles are designed to use in interior design where little erosion occurs bet they are not suitable for kitchens, entries or stairwells.

-- Light traffic. These tiles can be used on residential bathroom floors such as a guest bath where bare or stocking feet are the norm.

 

-- Medium-heavy traffic. These tiles are appropriate to be used anywhere inside a home, including baths and kitchens.

 

-- Heavy traffic. These tiles are hard enough and can be used in homes or commercial areas.

 

-- Extra heavy traffic. Can be used anywhere.

 

-- Underlayment. Tile must be installed over a firmly supported subflooring to prevent cracking and chipping. Broken tiles cannot be repaired, but they can be replaced. Tile grout, if left unsealed, can be hard to clean.

 

 

Warm solutions

Tile can feel cold, but it can be warmed using radiant or hydronic heating coils.

 

Traction and shine

Whatever tile you choose, glossy finishes have an orientation to show finger- and footprints and can be really slippery when wet. For better traction choose a honed finish.

 

Some frequently asked questions:

Q: What are the differences between ceramic and porcelain tile? I've been told they're the same, but I can't choose. Which is a better and more reliable?

 

A: porcelain tiles are harder than ceramic and have better design flexibility. both are made from clay and other natural materials fired in a kiln but the clay used to produce porcelain tile is more refined so more purified. It's fired at a higher temperature and pressure, resulting in an extremely dense and hard material.

 

Porcelain tile is an ideal choice for cold weather climates where freeze and thaw condition is a concern. porcelain is less likely to crack and is more impervious to stains due to its low moisture absorption rate (.5 percent or less).

 

 

it is best to choose one that has "through body color" when picking porcelain tile. Some tiles may have only a ceramic glaze fired over the body; if chipped, the white-, tan-, or red-clay base is exposed.

 

For more safety in wet areas or in flooring applications where accessibility is important, look for a tile (whether porcelain or ceramic) with a high coefficient of friction. This property is measured on a 1 to 10 scale, with 10 being the most slip-resistant.

 

Porcelain can also be rectified; cut to an accurate size so all tiles are similar, allowing the tile producer to set extremely tight grout joints.

 

Some factors make installing porcelain tile a difficult DIY project. Its hardness and density needs a wet saw with a porcelain diamond blade. For proper surface adherence, you should use a latex modified thinnest mortar. For large porcelain tiles, a level substrate is needed to reduce lippage, or variations in height.

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