While making the selection of best metal and ceramic tiles for your property, you may often need to go through the detailed marketing literature pieces. These documents contain in-depth details about respective products with a most important section “technical specifications”.
For many homeowners, these charts may appear quite confusing with a different set of numbers and codes. Every company executes some standard testing procedures to find out some important results that are further noted down into the technical specification chart.
We at Renovation in California platform have often observed that clients find it difficult to understand these specifications and standards. That is why here we have created a detailed technical guide to help our clients to make the best out of this technical piece of document. Below you will find an explanation about essential terminologies related to metal and ceramic tiles:
It is better defined as the coefficient of friction and is associated with the relative tile slipperiness. A few years ago, manufacturers used to follow the Static Coefficient of Friction method for evaluating the dry and wet value of the tiles. The wet value above 0.60 was the most preferred solution for homes. However, the latest method is Dynamic Coefficient of Friction which is believed to be highly accurate with only one measurement, on the wet tile. The passed value for this measurement is >0.42; you can check it easily in the technical specifications.
The relative measurement of the tile’s scratch resistance is given in terms of Moh’s hardness scale. This scale makes use of ten common minerals with already known hardness value, and it gives a relative value between the range of 1 to 10. All the minerals listed on this scale have the ability to scratch with the minerals of lesser values; however, they show scratch resistance against minerals with higher values. Note that in this scale, Diamond usually has the highest hardness value, and Talc is known to have the lowest.
In order to help consumers in easy identification of the right tile, we also provide an analysis based on the foot traffic resistance. For this, the tile industry makes use of a visible abrasion classification system. The technical specification in the chart may be written as abrasion resistance, PEI rating, or durability classification. It usually ranges between 0 to 5, indicating the efficiency of the tiles to wear foot traffic. The tiles with lower value are not recommended for floors; however, the tiles with the highest value are useful for commercial applications where foot traffic is expected to be considerably high.
If you are living in areas with freezing temperature conditions, it is important to look for tiles that can resist those conditions. In this case, you have to pay close attention to the frost resistance value of the tiles. It may help you ensure reliable performance during all weather conditions.
The professionals at Renovation in California platform are ready to assist clients with easy selection of tiles for their upcoming renovation and home development projects.