Where are you installing the tile flooring? Is it indoors or out, is the room prone to leaks and moisture, and its level of foot traffic? These are the questions we ask our customers in our tile store because, while they all look beautiful, every type of floor tile has varying degrees of strength, water absorption, and the ability to withstand the weather.
If your floor is in a busy room like the kitchen
Porcelain would be the best in this room because it's a heavier, denser tile that can also be used outside. It's made up of a nonporous clay, together with sand and glass, and is fired at higher temperatures, making it ultra strong. In addition, porcelain is often the preferred choice for wood look tiles that combine the beautiful look of wood with tile function; you can see these beauties on our website.
A grading system for tiles
Developed by the Porcelain and Enamel Institute, each tile type is rated for its ability to withstand wear. The grade appears on the box label, but you should also speak to the professionals in our tile shop to ensure you're getting the right one. The ratings are as follows: Class 1 is an indoor wall tile. Class 2 is for interior, lightly trafficked floors, such as in the bedroom. Class 3 and Class 4 are best for residential use because they can be used on moderate to heavily trafficked floors and light commercial use. Class 3 can also be used on countertops, walls, and tub/shower surrounds. Class V is for heavy commercial use.
Also, check water absorption levels, especially if you plan to install tiles in high-moisture areas like the kitchen bath or outside on the deck, patio, and pool floor, as well as tractions (Coefficient of Friction of COF).
Selecting any flooring can be overwhelming, what with all the choices. So whether you're in the market for tile flooring or another product, we'll guide you to the best choice for your home. America's Finest Carpet is located in San Diego, CA. We work with homeowners and businesses in and around San Marcos, Chula Vista, Clairemont, Vista, Oceanside, Paradise Sails, Imperial Beach, Temecula, and Cardiff; be sure to ask about your free tile flooring quote.