What you should know about tile

Whether you’re shopping for tile flooring, a distinctive backsplash, shower wall, or tub surround, you'll always be able to make a stunning design statement with tile. One of the most popular building materials, it adds value to your property, is easy to keep clean, and is durable. If appropriately maintained, it’ll last for decades. You need to keep in mind some things when shopping, so you choose the best for your installation.

Not all tile is the same

When you walk into our tile store, we know it’ll be difficult not to be distracted by all the gorgeous designs, styles, shapes, and sizes. Keep in mind, however, that there is a difference between a wall and floor ceramic. Floor tiles are heavier, denser, and more built to withstand weight, while ceramics for walls are thinner, usually in squares, and seen often on backsplashes, accent walls, and fireplace surrounds. Make sure to tell us how you plan to use it. You can also check the box label. You will see this categorized as C-1, C-2, or C-3. Use 2 and 3 for floors. C-1 is only for indoor walls and should not be used on floors. If the tiles are glazed, you’ll also see a PEI rating. Zero to five number system developed by the Porcelain and Enamel Institute, this rating indicates hardness and durability so you can align it with your room’s level of foot traffic. A PEI of 0 is a wall tile, while PEI-1 and PEI-2 are for light foot traffic areas. PEI-3 and PEI-4 are for moderate to heavy foot traffic, respectively. PEI-5 is for heavy-duty commercial spaces.

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Non-slip tile surfaces

Ask us about the Coefficient of Friction (COF) that determines the rate of slipperiness when wet. For residential application, you want to see at least .50; for commercial, .60 or above. You can also add friction by selecting a textured tile. Other things you want to find out about are porosity and water absorption. Impervious means they are completely waterproof, while vitreous tiles also have a low water absorption, making them appropriate for indoor and outdoor use. Semi or non-vitreous tiles have limited installation versatility.

We make the tile process easy

Our experts will help guide you to the right material for your installation. They’ll also give you some inspiration and a free tile flooring estimate, so come into the Traditions Flooring showroom in Valdosta, GA. We’re convenient to areas in and around Valdosta, GA, Quitman, GA, Clyattville, GA, Hahira, GA, Lake Park, GA, Adel, GA, Nashville, GA, Moultrie, GA, Tifton, GA && Madison, FL.