Ceramic Tiles – Ratings Of Glazed Ceramic Tiles

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Glazed Ceramic tiles are in a category all their own – in truth five various groups. Carefully consider what that area is going to be used for when choosing ceramic tiles for an area of the home. And then to select a suitable tile with suitable surface abrasion resistance, evaluate it using the rating system.

Glazed Ceramic Tile Groups

Ceramic tiles may have a rating of 0-4 or 1-5, depending on the source. The durability of the tile and its scratch resistance is what is being suggested for that rating. Look at the latter, 1-5 rating system.

In class 1 are tiles which will see no action, meaning they are in a no-traffic area. Where would that be? That would mean utilizing this tile on walls only except if spider-man lives within your house. To brighten your bathroom walls, you could utilize them.

Class 2 tiles will be where there is light traffic, for example a bathroom floor, or any place where bare feet or slippers would cut down on the abrasion to the ceramic tile surface. The aesthetic appeal of these tiles may be the main concern though soiling of the tiles is anticipated. The lively colored and glossy ceramic tiles fit in with this class.

Then how about of class 3? They would be suitable in most residential rooms. Class 4 tiles might be seen at an business building, a shopping center, possibly even a showroom where there will be light commercial traffic.

Class 5 has got the toughest surface of them all, where resistance to abrasion is the prime concern and aesthetic appeal is secondary. These ceramic tiles get the most abuse, being used in airports, subways, fast food restaurants and the like.

Is the tile Glazed? Or is it Unglazed?

To differentiate from a glazed and unglazed tile, you need not be an expert. Just pick up the tile and turn it to the side so you can see it in profile. The body of the tile, called the bisque, will be the largest layer. The tile is glazed if you see two layers. If only one layer is visible, then most likely the tile is unglazed.

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