How to shop for tile

While ceramic tiles all look beautiful, they aren't all the same, with various levels of resistance to weight, heat, moisture, etc. For example, backsplash tiles usually won't hold up to the weight a ceramic floor needs. Check box labels carefully and speak in detail with your tile expert at our tile shop in Pelham, GA, to ensure you get the right type for your remodeling project. The right tile flooring impacts both aesthetics and function.

Construction class

Each box label will have grades established by the Porcelain and Enamel Institute to identify appropriate usage. For example, Class 1 tiles can be used only on walls. Class 11 is meant for indoor floors with low levels of foot traffic, such as in bedrooms or closets.

The following two grades are the best for residential use. Class 111 tiles can be used indoors on moderately busy floors, and countertops, backsplashes, accent walls, and tub/fireplace surrounds, while Class lV ones can stand up to heavy foot traffic indoors and out and be used on walls and tub/shower surrounds. Class V is mainly for commercial use.

Also, be sure to check a tile's water absorption as it determines the waterproofing and whether or not a tile can be used both indoors and out. Impervious is best, then comes vitreous and semi-vitreous until it reaches non-vitreous, which is for indoor wall use only. The Coefficient of Friction (COF) grip should read .50 for residential use and .60 for commercial use.

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Types of floor tiles

Porcelain is a waterproof, heavier, and more dense tile, ideal for kitchens, baths, patio, deck, and pool flooring. It comes in countless colors and designs and is often the preferred choice for the trending wood and stone look floors.

The 4 X 4 squares, suitable for moderately heavy indoor floors, are often seen on backsplashes, accent walls, tub, and shower surround. Mosaics are currently trending on bathroom floors; they are tiny, often glass-coated, highly decorated, durable, and resistant to mold and mildew. Terracotta bricks are durable and can be used indoors or out; ask about sealing. Also, consider Listellos (border tiles), as well as non-ceramics like glass and stone tiles, to add a "wow factor" to your floor.

Our interior design consultants will help you find the best for your tile flooring project and will also get your creative juices flowing. You'll also get a free quote. Come into the Town Country Carpets showroom in Pelham, GA, especially if you live or work in and around Pelham, GA, Cotton, GA, Meigs, GA, Camilla, GA, Hinsonton, GA, Sale City, GA, Hartsfield, GA and Branchville, GA.