At Tile for Less Washington, we are known for our high-quality
discount tile in Seattle. Whether you are thinking of adding a tile backsplash or replacing your
bathroom tile, we have an excellent selection. The biggest challenge may
be finding the right discount tile for you. To help you select the best
tile for your needs, read this article.
Consider Porcelain and Non-Porcelain
Most tiles fall under the ceramic classification, which means they are
made from a type of clay or clay mixture that is kiln-fired. Because they
are more prone to wear than porcelain tiles, non-porcelain tiles are ideal
for light to moderate foot traffic. But check the tile specifications,
because durability varies depending on the brand and manufacturing technologies.
Porcelain tile is impervious, smooth, and dense. Glazed porcelain tiles are harder, which
makes them more wear- and damage-resistant than non-porcelain tiles.
Examine the Ceramic Tile Ratings
The Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) is the current rating system for
ceramic tile and is recommended by the American Society for Testing and
Materials (ASTM). PEI Class 1 is recommended for wall use only, because
it cannot sustain foot traffic. Class 2 can sustain light traffic, so
it is ideal for wall and bathroom floor use. Rated for normal foot traffic,
Class 3 is optimal for walls, floors, and countertops. Class 4 is for
moderate to heavy traffic, while Class 5 is for heavy to extra heavy traffic.
Most porcelain tiles have a Class 5 PEI rating.
Look at Natural Stone Tiles
The most common natural stones include slate, granite, travertine, limestone,
and marble. Slate is dense, which makes it best for floors, countertops,
and walkways. Limestone, travertine, and marble are ideal for bathroom
walls and flooring, but not recommended for kitchens unless sealed. Granite
is extremely hard, so it can be used in almost any setting.
To take a closer look at the
discount tiles we offer at Tile for Less Washington, browse the selection on our website.
If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (425) 967-8026 to speak
with a tile specialist.