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How To Choose The Right Floor Tiles

Copyright (c) 2014 Eli Gali

Tiles can be used in just about every room in your home and when you have a tiling job your local flooring store can become your new best friend. There are so many benefits of tile flooring that you may not have realized. They are extremely durable, are easy to clean, are easy to install and come in a host of colors, patterns and finishes. Covering your floor with tile is probably one of the easiest and quickest D-I-Y projects you could choose. It can be done by just one inspired person - two makes it that much quicker.

Choosing the Right Type of Floor Tile Before deciding on exactly what floor tiles you want and need, you will want to perform some due diligence. If you are going to be covering floors in the bathroom, kitchen, porch or laundry room, you will want a clay-based tile because it withstands moisture and humidity. They are also stain resistant and easy to care for. If you are choosing the peel and stick tiles, if one gets torn by a sharp object that has been dropped, you only have to replace one tile and not the entire floor. This type of repair is very inexpensive.

Believe it or not, tiles can be ranked by strength. Some believe that the thickness of the tile tells the whole story but that is not the case. It helps - but you also need to consider that the floor tile is made from - the composition. Did you know that there is a Porcelain Tile Institute that actually has a method of rating tiles based on their composition and intended use?

-Group I, Light traffic. These tiles may be used on residential bathroom floors where bare or stocking feet are the norm. They will not withstand a high traffic area.

-Group II, Medium traffic. These tiles are designed for use in interiors where little abrasion occurs such as a "Florida room' or empty nester family room. They are not recommended for kitchens, entries, or stairwells. Tiles are rarely recommended for stairs because of high traffic and the potential of slipping.

-Group III, Medium-heavy traffic. These are the most versatile in flooring tiles. They can be used anywhere inside a home, including kitchens and baths.They are not usually recommended for porches.

-Group IV, Heavy traffic. These tiles are 'work horses' and are very hard. They can be used in homes or in light to medium commercial areas. Needless to say they are highly durable.

-Group V, Extra heavy traffic. These tiles can be used anywhere.

Some floor tiles are prone to chipping and cracking. To make your tile last longer and to prevent future damage they must be installed over a firmly supported subflooring. Broken tiles cannot be repaired, but they can be replaced. Tile grout, if left unsealed, can be difficult to clean.

If you have any questions, go to your local flooring store and ask a flooring specialist.

Since 1948, family-owned Atlas Floors Carpet One has been the premiere floor supplier and installer of quality hardwood, ceramic tile, carpet, vinyl and laminate flooring and more for local homes and businesses in San Antonio and surrounding areas. Best San Antonio Flooring Company.

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