Tile flooring is quite versatile in part because it can be installed in any room of the home. It also comes in a wide variety of shapes, styles and sizes not to mention colors, which also adds to its versatility. There are many factors to consider when choosing tile flooring, each deserving of its own reflection.
You want your tile flooring to be tough and durable while being aesthetically appealing. Abrasion resistance is one factor to take into consider when choosing a particular type of tile. This is the degree it which the glaze of a tile will withstand the wear brought on by foot traffic over time. This is also known as the PEI rating. This is an important consideration because you want your new flooring to last for a long time.
Breaking strength is another factor that should most definitely be considered. This refers to the amount of breaking stress a tile will withstand. When choosing, you want to select tile that will withstand a high amount of stress; after all, you will be walking on it, furniture will rest there and other objects will likely be dropped along the way. The more a tile can stand the better.
A scratch test can also be performed on the tile to determine how easily it will scratch. This is what is referred to as Mohs scale scratch test. This is important, especially in rooms that are heavily trafficked. Items that are dropped can often leave marks and you want to avoid this when at all possible.
Shape and dimension should also be taken into consideration. Different types and styles will have varying characteristics. The particular shape of a tile along with its size can really add to or detract from the appearance of a room. For example, a very small room might not look good with large square tiles. Shape can also add more character and design to a room. When you begin your search, be sure to look at all the different shapes and sizes available out there in order to ensure you are making the right choice.
It is also important to visually inspect the tile before it is installed. You want to make sure you are getting what you agreed to and that it is in good condition. Once it is installed, it would be more difficult to argue the point so inspecting it first will allow you to make any necessary changes before hand. That way should anything appear differently after the installation has taken place you'll know it occurred during the job and it can be handled accordingly. Also, carefully inspecting the tile will give you a better idea of how it will look in the room or rooms of your choice.
Choose a remodeler carefully. Make sure the person has installed tile before and know about the various types. This is an important part of completing the job and will optimize both the job and cost. You should also get a cost estimate before any job is completed. This will help you stick to your budget throughout the completion of the job.