Floor tiles are not created equal. Each environment has a range of floor tiles that are best suited, and unless you receive expert advice you could end up paying a lot of money for a new floor that simply won’t go the distance. Home handyman centers can offer advice on floor tiles, however, being general handyman centers, they rarely have floor tile experts – their knowledge is limited to what suppliers provide.
When looking at residential floor tiles, you need to consider size, grade, material and finish. Grade is one factor that is often misunderstood, and can be hard to determine. Finished tiles are not stamped with any information, so when you get your tiles home, you don’t know if you have a grade II or grade IV tile – and that grade is important. Tiles are graded from I to V with I being the softest and V the hardest. Tiles graded V are generally used for industrial applications whilst a IV is recommended for commercial use in restaurants and retail environments.
Most home flooring projects require either a II or a III with the latter preferred for high traffic areas. It’s not usual to hear stories of home owners receiving grade V tiles that, when laid, don’t look particularly good – but then, they are not created for looks; they are created for hard wearing.
Tile type is an obvious factor – you don’t want porous or slippery tiles in a bathroom or kitchen, or indoor tiles being used outdoors. Finish is a related factor since some finishes can make a tile more slippery, or more water resistant. The final factor is tile size – small tiles look out of place in a large room, and make for a lot of work. Sometimes a combination of small and large tiles can dramatically change a room.
The floor tile experts at Éco Dépôt Céramique are only too happy to work with customers to find the right residential tile for their project – be it wall, floor, countertop, backsplash or vanity. Being tile experts, if you require a grade III tile, then that is what you are going to receive. We can also help you with your flooring plans, helping you create a design that meets your overall objectives. Come and talk to us about your plans – it costs nothing to look and compare, yet the process could save you thousands of dollars and a lot of heartache.