Choosing the Right Tile for Your Home Application

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In the kitchen, we commonly use tile for countertops, backsplashes, and flooring. The applications for tile in the bathroom are the same, with the addition of the shower tiling. Tile is also commonly used for flooring elsewhere in the home, for decorative wall mosaics, and outside on the patio or walkway. With so many home applications for tile, and near-endless more choices in the variety of stone and tile available, choosing the right tile for your space may seem overwhelming.

Of course, your Strictly Tile representative will guide you through the selection process, comparing the different types of tile and their optimal uses. However, this summary may help give you a good place to start for choosing the right tile.

Narrow your choices by PEI Rating. The Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) has a rating system to help consumers determine the best kind of tile for their particular application, based on traffic and use to the desired area. Choose the tile that meets your needs for durability. Tile that falls into PEI Class 1 is recommended for wall use only (such as backsplashes or decorative wall mosaics), and Class 2 tile is good for walls and bathroom floors where there is minimal foot traffic. For countertops and floors where you expect normal foot traffic, tiles in the PEI’s Class 3 are recommended, and PEI Class 4 tile is good for any residential application as well as some commercial and institutional uses. Class 5 is for tile that can withstand heavy foot traffic in all applications.

Choose the stone based on the application. Not only do you need to choose tile that will remain durable throughout its life, but it needs to be the right stone for the application, whether that be flooring, countertops, or an artistic mural. Here is a handy chart to help you choose the right kind of stone:

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Select your stone for design. After you have narrowed down your choices to the stone that is appropriately durable and right for the application, the fun part begins! The final step in choosing the right tile is to select the natural pattern and color of the stone, to compliment the fixtures, colors, and style of the space where it will be installed. Click here to learn about some of the most popular types of stone tiles, to give you a better idea of what to expect. You will also need to choose a grout color to match or make the stone tiles pop, so be prepared to make that decision, as well.

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