Before you choose a specific tile, you should ask yourself these questions.
Will the tile be placed inside or outside? What kind of damage will they be subject to on a daily basis?
The Abrasion of tiles means the resistance surface wear, there are five abrasion classes.
Abrasion class 1: very light, only in exception cases use for the floor. Scratching damage must absolutely be avoided for class 1.
Abrasion class 2: Floor tiles in rooms where there will only be house shoe and barefoot traffic.
Abrasion class 3: barefoot areas, like the bathroom.
Abrasion class 4: appropriate for all other private areas.
Abrasion class 5: appropriate for all private and public areas.
Skid resistance has to do with the step safety of a tile (important for damp and mouldy areas).
Skid resistance of R9 – R12 is tested with a rubber sole
R9 private interiors
R:10 – R12 interiors, exteriors, terraces, swimming pools.
R11 – R13, working areas (large kitchen, etc.)
The R class is only an industry standard.
There are also skid resistant tiles without this classification.
Many porcelain stoneware tiles have an additional frost resistance. This designation refers to application outdoors. We also highly recommend a drainage mat to control the flow of dew and condensation. If the water can’t drain, then frost damage is possible.
A drainage mat isn’t necessary with coarse ceramic, because tiles can drain themselves via the gaps.
What to keep in mind for polished tiles?
For polished stone ceramic tiles, waterproofing is absolutely necessary: the polishing process, the hard sinter side of the surface gets attacked. This causes random craters of various sizes, invisible to the naked eye, but these porous areas are susceptible to all kids of damage. It can be easily stained or a the pigment of the grout could bleed into the tiles. It’s therefore highly recommended to treat polished tiles before any damage is incurred.
Are my tiles suitable for floor heating?
In theory every floor tile is suitable for floor heating.
It is important, however, to use a very flexible adhesive, that can take the temperature fluctuations.
When size matters – the size is fixed.
Besides the choice of colour and design of your new tiles, size plays an important role too. If in the past, we preferred smaller tiles for smaller baths, today we are much more open.
Smaller tiles can bring your bath to life and be more forgiving to the small unevenness that occur when the tile is being applied.
Larger tiles are in general more calming, make spaces look large, but require a smoother under surface and special adhesives.
We’re sticking by it: like everything in life, the size of your new tiles is a matter of taste/ up to you. It couldn’t hurt though to decide on a size.
Tiles normally come in all sizes from a few centimetres up to an incredible 3 x 1 m