How are wall tiles different from floor tiles? Surely, it’s pretty straightforward to recognize wall tiles as wall tiles and floor tiles as floor tiles. Not exactly. In the past, it was as apparent as black and white whether a tile was wall or floor. Due to advancing technology and design trends, there’s a lot of crossover between the two now. This can be confusing, especially if you’re not very familiar with tiles. The following article will inform you of the key differences between wall and floor tiles available at tile stores in Mississauga.
Factors that define the difference – Floor Tiles and Wall Tiles
COF Rating: COF ratings can play a role in determining the type of tile to use on walls and floors. Every ceramic or porcelain tile will have an assigned COF rating. A certain amount of friction is necessary for floor tiles to be safe to walk on. In terms of friction, the Coefficient of Friction, or COF, is a measurement of how much friction there is.
The PEI (Porcelain Enamel Institute) rating is the second factor that defines hardness and durability. Porcelain and ceramic tiles in Mississauga are classified from Class 1 (no foot traffic) to Class 5 (heavy foot traffic). In most cases, the PEI rating can be found in the tile specs and is an excellent indicator of where a tile might be used.
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What are floor tiles?
There is an easy answer: a floor tile! In addition to being relatively strong, installed floor tiles must be able to resist wear and tear. Everyone wants to ensure that their new kitchen floor doesn’t crack or wear out soon! Any tile that has a PEI rating of 1-5 can be used for floors and can be considered a floor tile.
What is a wall tile?
In terms of PEI, wall tiles have a rating of 0. Since these tiles cannot support much weight and can certainly not be used for flooring, they should be called wall-only tiles. They are a great choice for kitchen splashbacks and shower walls, as they’re relatively easy to install and easy to clean.
It is possible to use floor tiles on a wall. Ceramic or porcelain tiles with a PEI rating of 1 to 5 may be used on walls with floor tiles. There is no reason why you can’t use floor tiles on your walls! Here’s why:
– Keep up with the trend for larger tiles
Right now, large format floor tiles are a hot trend, which means tiles that measure 60 x 60 cm or more. Having these in a large room, like a garden room, is great, but smaller rooms, like a bathroom, will also look great with them. They’ll give the illusion of more space with more tiles and fewer grout joints.
– Modern Look
Minimalists will adore the trend of using the same tiles in the shower and on the walls. It’s a great way to bring calm into your home – if you want the maximum effect, choose larger tiles and make sure the grout joints run from floor to wall unbroken.
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– A wider range of design options
There are more amazing and lifelike tile designs available at tile stores in Mississauga than ever before thanks to ‘digital-printing’ machines. The variety of shapes, styles, and sizes of tiles is quite astounding – from tiny mosaics to hexagons, bricks to classic wood-effect planks.
As a matter of fact, we think that the old way of thinking of tiles as just ‘wall’ or ‘floor’ is just a little too old-fashioned. It’s an exciting time for the tile industry thanks to all the technology and design advancements, and the boundaries between bathrooms, kitchens, walls, and floors are becoming increasingly blurred.
There will always be a place for wall-only tiles, especially since their small size lends them character. In order to guarantee your wall can bear the weight of your tiles and adhesive, it is crucial that you consider the weight.
The next time you’re out shopping for ceramic or porcelain tiles or before you install floor tiles and wall tiles, we recommend that you browse through the whole range of Best Tiles & Flooring before making your decision – you will be blown away by all the amazing styles and designs available. Call: 905-595-1139.