Keep these facts in mind when browsing for tiles in Perth
There are so many benefits when using tiles in your home. They are durable, come in a variety of options and require less maintenance. If you’re thinking about replacing carpet with tiles, you need to remember tile shopping is a lot more than just picking out your favourite colour or style.
To help transform your home, here are some handy tips to keep in mind when shopping for tiles in Perth.
On every box of tiles, you will notice that there are rating categories, four or five to be exact. If you’re buying glazed tiles, there will be five categories and if it’s unglazed tiles, you’ll see four categories. Any time you’re getting ready to buy tiles, be sure to read the label. Look for a given tile’s grade, PEI rating, water absorption, coefficient of friction, frost safety and tone. These elements will basically tell you whether you’re buying high quality tile products or not.
A tile will have a grade from one to three, with one being the highest quality. A grade two tile is not much different to grade one. The only difference is pricing, as it is less expensive than its first-grade counterpart. Grade three tiles are more suitable for walls as they are not durable enough for foot traffic. If you want to buy tiles in Perth, especially for flooring, a grade two will be fine.
PEI stands for Porcelain and Enamel Institute’s wear rating, and when shopping for tiles, you need to pay careful attention to this. PEI rates a glazed tile’s ability to resist abrasion and its suitability as a floor tile. Only glazed tiles will contain a PEI rating category. If you’re looking for floor tiling, then choose a tile with a PEI rating of III. It offers resistance to wear and is appropriate for residential use.
Another important category to consider when you’re looking at tiles in Perth stores is its water absorption rate. This rating will tell you if a tile you’re considering is the right tile to use in a wet area or outdoors. There are four categories in the water absorption rating and they’re expressed as a name and percentage of water absorbed by a tile. If the rating is between 3 and 7%, then it is more suitable for dry, indoor areas.
Coefficient or friction
Abbreviated as C.O.F, a tile’s coefficient of friction refers to a tile’s natural resistance. Lower C.O.F. numbers indicate less friction and the floor will provide less traction. Higher C.O.F. numbers indicate that a floor will be less slippery. A C.O.F. greater than .50 is recommended for homes and a C.O.F. greater than .60 is required for commercial applications.
Frost and tone
Frost is a simple rating and it tells you whether a tile can withstand the freeze-thaw cycle outdoors. If you’re using a tile indoors, this rating will not matter. Tone only applies when there is intentional variation from tile to tile. If you’re looking for a tile with a consistent colour, then a toned tile is not for you. That category is definitely something to look for if you’re looking at single tile samples.
Now that you have some insider knowledge, you’re ready to go shopping for tiles in Perth.
For tiles that ticks off all these categories, contact Odin Ceramics today.