||No Foot Traffic
||Wall use only in residential and commercial applications. This type of tile should never be used underfoot. Shower surrounds are a typical PEI-1 tile.
||Both walls use and flooring areas that receive little traffic, such as residential bathrooms.
||Light to Moderate Traffic
||Countertops, walls, and floors that receive normal foot traffic are best suited for PEI-3 rated tiles. This is a good, general purpose tile for all residential (but not commercial) uses.
||Moderate to Heavy Traffic
||All residential applications, as well as medium commercial and light institutional, work with PEI-5 rated tile.
||Heavy to Extra Heavy Traffic
||All residential and heavy commercial and institutional foot traffic. Typically, this is used only for flooring and is rarely attractive enough for interior residential applications.
The room where you are going to install the tile can help narrow down the options. The bathroom and kitchen require waterproof material like ceramic or glass for the walls. However, you could also accommodate certain stone tiles to high-moisture areas. Tile floors will need more durable materials since they will have to withstand walking pressure and foot traffic. So, purchase ceramic or porcelain.
Most tiles will come in a variety of different sizes, so it shouldn’t be difficult to find something that will fit the particular space you’re working on. A Flowers Flooring estimator will laser measure your area and make tile suggestions that will keep the room proportions in mind, which will help you select a particular tile size. Large floor tiles can make a room appear larger since there are less visible grout lines to break the pattern. Small tiles can create a crowded look, so they work best in rooms with minimalistic decorations.
Tile comes in a wide variety of colors and variations of the same shade. Flowers Flooring suggests sticking to a few basic color rules to make tile selection a bit easier.
- Vibrant, playful colored tile will make a room seem happy and warm
- Neutral tile colors are the easiest to integrate into any room décor
- Dark colored tiles can add depth, but may make a room look smaller than it actually is
- Light tile hues make spaces look bigger, and can brighten a room with very little natural light
Tile Texture and Style
Like most other floor types, tile also has various textures. Textured or matte tiles are less slippery when compared to smooth or shiny tiles. This is an important factor to keep in mind, especially if your installing floor tiles in a bathroom, kitchen or other wet area. The type of tile you select shouldn’t clash with the décor of the room. Some tile options fit easier into most ambiances. Here’s a few rules that Flowers Flooring follows:
- Wood-like tiles (wood plank) are extremely durable and can give any room a more natural look
- Marbleized tiles bring timeless beauty to any room
- Stone tiles or tiles that mimic stone can have a rougher, more natural look, but can work in any setting
- When in doubt select a neutral color, with minimal texture
Tile grout comes in various colors, and you want to be sure to select a grout that fits the design of your project. For example, a grout color close to that of the tile will make the grout almost unnoticeable, so the tile installation looks compact. A contrasting grout color can make individual tiles pop. It all depends on what effect you want to create. Click here to view grout colors.
Some tiles are easier to clean than others and some also require less maintenance to keep them looking there best. Here is a basic guide to tile maintenance.
- Ceramic and porcelain tiles are very easy to clean. Be sure to check if the tile you select needs to be sealed
- Natural stone usually has to be sealed and is harder to clean because it has more pores that collect dirt and grime
- Glass tiles are prone to water spots, so you may have to spend a little more time polishing it. However, glass tiles do not hold dirt like natural stone