5 Qualities of Tile You Need to Know

Published by Buddy at May 9, 2016
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Tile is one of the most diverse and versatile materials on the market. You have endless options when combining the colors, sizes, shapes and styles that are available. When planning your next project, whether you are a real estate investor installing a new floor in an old house, a contractor working on a large job, or a homeowner looking to remodel your kitchen, there are some key points to keep in mind before finalizing your tile design.


Color

Some important things to know before selecting a color is that first vibrant colors are often used for backslashes or mosaics because they are highlight areas that cana good option to help mask any stains that may occur in the future. Neutral colors are a good pick if you think you will be choosing new furniture or repainting the walls down the road.

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Size

Tile comes in all shapes and sizes. Some of the more common dimensions are 4x4, 6x6, 12x12, 16x16, 18x18 and 24x24. Thickness can range from 1/8” up to 1/3”. Also, note that wall tile is thinner than tile picked for flooring.

Recently, larger tiles have become a popular trend for flooring choice because they have a greater surface area with fewer grout lines. Keep in mind that large tiles require a flat substrate.

Small tiles are (under 4x4) are often picked to construct more intricate designs or to add friction in shower floors to minimize slips and falls. 

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Shape

Traditionally, tiles are square. There has been a trend toward larger rectangular tiles that some owners enjoy. Small glass rectangles are often used to create a subway style backsplash.

If you are looking to switch things up, there are hexagonal tiles, diamond shapes, pebbles, scalloped options and custom cut options. Some square tiles come patterned, and others can be custom cut to create one of a kind shapes.

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Tile Rating

Janka wood hardness rating scale, these categories are designed to help you pick the most suitable tile that has an adequate amount of hardness for your needs.

  • Class I - No foot traffic. For use on walls only; residential and commercial applications.
  • Class II - Light traffic. Both use on walls and bathroom floors.
  • Class III - Light to moderate traffic. For use in residential settings with regular foot traffic.  Works well on counter tops and walls.
  • Class IV - Moderate to heavy traffic. Works for all residential applications as well as medium commercial and light institutional foot traffic.
  • Class V - Heavy to extra heavy traffic. Approved tile for all residential applications, heavy commercial work, and institutional foot traffic.

 

Material

One of the biggest aspects of any tile decision will be choosing a material. There are several common types.

  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain
  • Glass - Most often used as tile for backsplashes and countertops.
  • Natural Stone -Natural color variations and textures; will need to be sealed to prevent permanent staining. 

 

Time to Pick

There is almost an endless variety of options you can choose when picking your new tile. Whether it is for a kitchen backsplash, high traffic commercial property, or a bathroom remodel, The BOSS has a tile to meet your needs.

We would love to help you out if you have a project or are deciding between tile options call us at 972-255-9900 or:

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