Tile FAQ: Everything you need to know about ceramic tiles

The phrase “ceramic tile'' refers to an object made of clay, even if the composition also includes sand and glass. That makes porcelain, listellos or mosaics also types of ceramic tiles, but they all have different characteristics, making some better for specific installations than others. Here are some things you should know to ensure you make the best selection for your installation, whether it's for tile flooring, accent walls, backsplashes, or tub/shower surrounds.

What is the difference between wall and floor tiles?

Floor tiles are heavier and constructed to bear the weight of foot traffic, but they can also be installed on walls and surrounds. Wall tiles are thinner, more slippery, and should not be installed on the floor. Check labels carefully and speak in detail with the store's expert.

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Are tiles categorized for the level of foot traffic?

You might see Class 1 to Class 5 on the label. Class 1 tiles are only recommended for indoor walls, while Class 2 is for very light foot traffic in small rooms, such as closets and utility spaces. Class 3 or Class 4 ratings are best for residential use, as they cover the gamut of moderate to heavy foot traffic and countertops and wall installations. Class 5 is for exterior commercial use with heavy traffic, such as shopping centers and public walkways.

What is Coefficient of Friction or COF?

This is the rating system for the slipperiness of ceramic tiles. For residential installations, that number should be .50, and for commercial areas, .60. If you have particular concerns about slip and falls, such as having kids or senior residents, you can increase it further by choosing a tile with a textured surface.
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Are wood or stone looks available?

These days tiles can be made to look like anything, thanks to Inkjet Technology which makes it possible to create the most intricate patterns with raised grains, color variations, or textures. A wood-look tile comes in many hues, including the high trending variation, and can be cut into planks of any size. Tiles can also be made to look like marble, granite, travertine, terrazzo and limestone, fabric, or leather. You'll be amazed at what you'll see when you visit our tile stores in Elmwood and Prairieville, LA.

Once you've selected the right tile, the professional installation team at New Orleans Flooring will prepare the floor or walls, choose waterproof products where needed, complete the installation, and will make sure you are delighted. To learn more about tile, visit any one of our showrooms in either Elmwood and Prairieville. We work with homeowners and businesses in or near Elmwood, LA, Prairieville, LA, New Orleans, LA, Metairie, LA, Gonzales, LA, Kenner, LA, Baton Rouge, LA && River Ridge, LA. Be sure to ask about your free tile flooring estimate.