Choosing the right tiles for your space
UNDERSTANDING TILE RATINGS
Tile ratings help you find the best tile to fit your needs. The ratings denote durability, variation, and even slip resistance.
You’ll encounter three tile ratings:
The texture varies on the tile. The more textured the surface, the safer the tile is for use outdoors or in a bathroom. The higher the number on the tile, the lower the risk of slipping. If you are using tile in your bathroom, you’ll want to pick a high slip rating to prevent falling.
Slip ratings are based on what is referred to as a ‘pendulum test’. The test examines the friction between wet tile and a standard shoe. The numbers range from P0 to P5. You’ll find that a P1 tile feels remarkably smooth. A P2 is a wonderful tile that is frequently used in multiple living areas. A P3 tile is ideal for outdoor use and a P4 and P5 are acceptable in a bathroom or around a pool.
Wear rating gives you an indication of how well the tile will stand up to foot traffic. The rating ranges from 1 to 5. A 1 rating is a tile that is suitable for only light-duty such as in a bedroom, but a 5 rating can stand up to heavy-duty wear and is great for public walkways or businesses. A tile with a 0 rating can only be used on walls.
You can find tile in a wide array of colours. Some even mimic the look of brick or wood. Variation ratings let you know how different tiles vary. A V1 means that the tiles are all very uniform in appearance. Tile with a rating of a V4 has a great deal of variation between tiles. With a high variation rating, you get a great deal of contrast.
If you want your tiles to all look about the same, then you should pick a V0 or V1-rated tile.