Shopping for floor tiles in Sydney? Would you like to decrypt the information the manufacturers list on the product packaging? Consider some of the following information.
Floor Tiles – What’s in a Rating?
The tile packaging will list a water absorption rating. Understanding this rating will help you to know whether this tile can go outside in the rain, or next to the pool, in the bathroom or only in a dry area. There are four water absorption (W.A.) ratings. As with most things, scientific names are used so that you need to break out your dictionary in order to purchase your floor tiles. However, the meanings are as follows:
Impervious means the tile absorbs less than 0.5% of its own weight when it meets with water. Another category is called vitreous. These tiles absorb 0.5% to 3% of their own weight in water. Next is semiviteous, and these tiles soak up 3 to 7% of their own weight in water. Lastly, nonvitreous tile absorbs more than 7% of its own weight in water. Based on these ratings it’s easy to know which ones would be appropriate for the bath area where there is high moisture content and which ones are only appropriate for a dry area.
An additional rating is the COF or coefficient of friction. This rating indicates how much traction you get when walking on the tile. It follows, then, that the lower the number the more slippery the tile. This is important in areas where the floor might get wet, such as in the bathroom.
Another important rating is the PEI (porcelain enamel institute rating) which lets you know how much traffic and abrasion the tile and stand. The higher the number, the stronger the tile and the more traffic it can withstand. I and II are appropriate for use as wall tile only. They tend to be decorative and cannot withstand foot traffic. Tiles rated above 3 or 4 are generally considered to overkill for a residential home.
Now you can leave your dictionary at home and continue your shopping for floor tiles in Sydney! Where? Tile Factory Outlet of course. We have over 350,000 m2 of tiles ready for immediate pick up. So you are sure to find something that you will like. Visit us and talk to our knowledgeable staff about your tiling needs.