Tiles Selection tips for a layman buyer



TILES SELECTION TIPS

Tiles Selection is one of the most important part in procuring building material. As a normal buyer when we go to a tile Showroom for tiles selection we look at the following components:

(a) Design of the tile
(b) Color of the tile
(c) Size of the tile

Everyone likes their premise to look beautiful. Above aspects in tiles selection are most important since these components are directly related to enhance beauty of the surface.

For the wall tiles, we generally select color and designs of the tile matching with color of the walls and lighting.

Similarly, for the floor tiles, we select the color and design of the tile matching to color of the furniture, Carpets, Wall Paints / Tiles and lighting.

We also prefer to select bigger size tiles as per the budget to reduce the number of joints for enhancing beauty of the surface.

TILES SELECTION TIPSHowever for the normal buyer I would like to suggest following components as well to make their Tiles Selection perfect.

a. Surface Finish of the tiles
b. Right anti skid tile for the bathrooms
c. Abrasion resistance tiles for High traffic area
d. Strength of the tiles if it is used in high traffic area or outdoor

a. Surface Finish of the tiles: This is really important to select right surface finish of the tile for use in different areas for the aesthetics point of view and application.

We have the options to get tiles with any kind of surface finish to replicate the natural elements like Concrete, Wood, Stone, marble etc.

Generally we refer tiles surface finish as Polished (Glossy), Satin Matt, Wood and Rustic. These kind of surface comes in Ceramic Tiles as well as Glazed Vitrified Tiles for both Floor and Wall.

b. Right anti skid tile for the bathrooms: We often make mistakes in buying anti skid tiles selection for Bathroom or wet areas. Usually we look at the anti skid surface of a tile in dry condition. In dry conditions an anti skid tiles can look impressive and give us a nice grip on the surface but in wet conditions most of the tiles fail to show the anti skid property.

Wet Bathroom floor tiles sometime can be very risky and there is always a chance of accident if the person is not putting his feet properly on the wet floor tile.

People can use rough natural stone in place of putting a normal anti skid  tile for their bathroom.

However, there is a reliable anti skid floor tile  from Somany Ceramics Limited, “Slipshield” which we can put on any wet surface with complete peace in mind. This comes in the size of 300 x 300 mm and 600 x 600 mm in various colors and digital prints.

c. Abrasion resistance tiles for High traffic area: Abrasion in a tile is one of the element which can not be stopped. When we walk on a tile surface or even when we don’t use it dirt particles in the atmosphere cause abrasion to the tiles surface. Abrasion erases the design layer of the tile and calls for a replacement.

Thus if you are a looking for a tile to give better life value of abrasion resistance is another aspect of tiles selection.

There are three different kinds of tiles we can select considering the required abrasion resistance:

(A) Full Homogeneous colored body tiles.


(B) Double Charged Vitrified Tiles


(C) Tiles with high Abrasion resistance

There is a test method which is conducted to check the abrasion resistance of a tile. This is  designed by Porcelain and Enamel Institute (PEI), USA.

To check the abrasion resistance, few minerals with water and metals are rotated over a piece of tile and we check the effect on the tiles surface after certain no. of revolutions.

Following are the PEI Recommendation on revolution test can help in tiles selection:

  1. Class 0 – 100 revolutions test (not recommended for flooring)
  2. Class 1 – 150 revolutions test ( Flooring for bathrooms, bedrooms in domestic housing with no direct access from outside)
  3. Class 2 – 600 Revolutions test ( Flooring for living areas and dining rooms in domestic housing with low traffic)
  4. Class 3 –  750 Revolution test (Flooring for Kitchens, Entrance Halls and corridors, Balconies and terraces in domestic housing)
  5. Class 4 – 2100 Revolution test (Flooring for entrance area, Common areas in Hotels, Catering Kitchens, assembly Halls Etc.)
  6. Class 5 – more than 12000 revolutions test (Flooring for Sales Outlets, Airports concourses, pedestrian Walkways and Industrial applications)

VCShield Tiles – more than 50000 revolutions (Flooring for High Traffic area)

In the market we can get the tiles confirming to class 3, Class 4 and Class 5.

However for real high abrasion resistance we can lookout for Somany, VCShield Ceramic and Glazed Vitrified tiles.

 d. Strength of the tiles if it is used in high traffic area or outdoor: Strength of the tile is another important aspect which we need to consider while tiles selection.

Strength of a Ceramic Tile is considered lesser than that of a Vitrified Tile.

We look at strength of the tiles only for the floor tiles. Vitrified tiles can be used on floor as well as wall with some special adhesives. But when we look for putting tiles on the floor for high traffic area we should try for other options like Soluble Salt Vitrified Tiles, Double Charge Vitrified Tiles or glazed vitrified tiles in place of ceramic tiles.

For any comment or suggestion please write to us at sharthak@object4life.in

 

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