In Oklahoma City, it’s important to homeowners that their tile and stone flooring is as functional as it is attractive. And while there’s no such thing as a perfect floor for every single person or lifestyle, there are some basic questions you should ask to get a sense of what’s going to be right for you.
The experts at Floor Coverings International Edmond are here today with three questions you should always ask about your tile when you’re choosing a material for a new flooring project. Let’s dive in!
The Coefficient of Friction is a measurement and comparison of how slippery different materials are, and it’s an important consideration if you have children, pets, or elderly people living in your household.
While there are fancy tests you can run to determine the slip resistance of your floors, it’s generally sufficient to say that materials like terrazzo and marble can be quite slippery (especially when wet), while slate provides decent traction. Depending on the glaze, ceramics can also be quite slippery. If you’re really concerned about slippery tile but you know you want it in your home, consider an anti-slip surface coat. In the end, remember that no tile is slip-proof.
Resistance to Water?
Tiles made out of travertine, slate, or sandstone will be somewhat absorbent, while vitreous ceramics like porcelain are extremely resistant to water. Moderate absorbency isn’t necessarily a big deal in bathrooms where water is the main thing tiles are coming into contact with, but consider your material carefully in the kitchen where spills and food messes are abundant. Choose porcelain, granite, or impervious terrazzo if you’re really concerned about moisture and stains.
What’s the PEI Rating?
The PEI (Porcelain Enamel Institute) rating, which compares materials on a scale of 1–5, is a decent way of gauging how much wear your tile floor will be able to withstand. In general, it’s best to choose a material that has a PEI rating of at least 3 for residential spaces. Consider choosing something with a rating of 4 or 5 if you have pets or if you regularly have lots of people in the household.
Start Your Next Tile Flooring Project
The best way to get a sense of what kind of material will work in your Oklahoma City household is to schedule a free, in-home visit with the Floor Coverings International Edmond mobile showroom! Our roving team proudly serves Oklahoma City, Edmond, and Piedmont and surrounding areas, which means that you can browse our selection of materials from the convenience of your home. Contact us today to get started!
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