Tiles

Types

The two main categories of tiles that can be installed are:

  • Floor tiles
  • Wall tiles

 

Material

We install quality tiles which fall into the following broad categories:

  • Porcelain tiles
  • Glazed ceramic tiles
  • Unglazed ceramic tiles

 

How to tell the difference between porcelain and ceramic?
Porcelain tiles are a lot more resistant to water absorption than ceramic tiles. The glazing also bonds strongly with the tile body, resulting in an extremely hardy and durable tile surface. With such hard-wearing properties, the glazed porcelain tile is an extremely popular choice.

Glaze is the layer found on the face of the tile by firing an applied coating. This has three effects. First, it creates an impermeable surface. Second, it protects the tile for considerably longer wear. And third, it adds an attractive, reflective sheen to the base colour of the tile.
 

Tile Wear Ratings.
The current rating system for ceramic tiles is really the only reliable gauge for consumers to use in determining wear expectations for a particular tile. The Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) has developed a rating scale that can effectively guide a consumer through the process of choosing the right tile for a specific area. This rating system is most widely used.

The PEI Ratings and wear descriptions are listed below:

  • PEI Class 1 Rating (No foot traffic)
    - Recommended for wall use in residential and commercial applications only.
  • PEI Class 2 Rating (Light traffic)
    - Recommended for both wall use and bathroom floor applications only.
  • PEI Class 3 Rating (Light to moderate traffic)
    - Recommended for countertops,  walls and floors where normal foot traffic is expected.
  • PEI Class 4 Rating (Moderate to heavy traffic)
    - Recommended for all residential applications as well as medium commercial and light institutional.
  • PEI Class 5 Rating (Heavy to extra heavy traffic)
    - Recommended for all residential as well as heavy commercial and institutional applications.

  

Installation.

Installing ceramic tile floors is hard work, labor intensive and extremely exacting. This skill is developed over years of experience.

We strongly recommend you call upon a reliable, seasoned, dedicated professional to install your ceramic tile floor. That way you can be assured of a beautiful and correct installation that won’t leave you with imperfections that you’ll be glaring at for years to come. We can help!

  

Catalogue

Follow thislink to the manufacturer's website for detailed information on all the tiling products, their characteristics and the options available.  We do have samples of all the products in store for you to view.  Feel free to contact us with any questions on these products.