Are you thinking about having a new backsplash installed in a kitchen or bathroom? Would a new tile floor be an element that makes your home and interior design concepts skyrocket in value?
The beautiful thing about choosing tile is that there are almost no limits to what you can do.
Professional tile installation services ensure that you receive access to the latest trends, techniques, and materials while having the work completed to industry standards.
Whether you prefer something traditional or more outside of the box, King Installation will take care of your needs.
How to Choose the Best Tile for Your Room
All tile comes with a PEI Rating. This information classifies individual products for durability and hardness in response to foot traffic.
Different rooms in a home require a specific durability rating to withstand the traffic levels the tile receives without cracking, deforming, or degrading.
Rooms with the most substantial levels of food traffic require a product with a PEI Rating of 5. Tiles with this rating are typically reserved for commercial installations. However, a large family home or a building with common interior areas may also want to consider such a high-quality product.
Homeowners who install a tile floor would want a PEI Rating of at least 2, and likely 3, for the primary traffic areas in the house. A standard approach would be to use the lower rating in the bathroom, while the higher one gets installed in the kitchen.
A backsplash or wall installation’ is generally suitable with a PEI Rating of 1 since it doesn’t receive any foot traffic.
Professional tile installers will go over this information with you for your unique needs, along with specifications about the slip-resistance of each preferred product. This measurement, called the Coefficient of Friction, is a 10-point scale, with the highest scores reflective of the items with the most traction.
What Are the Best Tiles to Use for a Home Project?
Tiles come in numerous shapes, sizes, and designs. The choice for the average homeowner or commercial customer involves porcelain or ceramic, along with glazed or unglazed, when selecting a product to install.
Porcelain tile is more durable than ceramic because of its higher density rating. It absorbs less water, making it a suitable choice for any high-traffic area, walk-in shower, or exterior need.
Ceramic tile is softer, which makes the product easier to cut when performing a professional installation. It would work best in a backsplash or decorative piece where foot traffic is of minimal concern. This option also tends to be a little cheaper, making it an attractive option for anyone on a tight budget.
Some tiles have glazing on them, providing another liquid glass layer on top of the product as it goes through the final stage of the firing process. You can find glazed tiles in an impressive array of styles and colors. The tile’s stain resistance with this design makes it an appealing option for a professional installation.
There may be fewer styles and colors available for unglazed tiles, but a couple of unique advantages are still available. This approach ensures a more slip-resistant professional installation. Without the additional glass layer, these products are also more scratch-resistant.
Important Information About Installing a New Tile Floor
Many homes in Brooklyn have plywood as a subfloor option. This product is not appropriate for most tile installations because the organic materials expand and contract when exposed to moisture and humidity. Concrete is an excellent choice because it creates a stable foundation, while backer boards can be used in some situations.
Our professional tile installers can let you know what options are available for your project as part of the estimation process.
Your floor joists must have enough strength to support the weight of your selected tile. If they are spread far apart underneath your subfloor, the bounce it creates could damage your new installation. Some rooms may require flooring reinforcement before a professional installation would be possible.
It is not unusual to need trim installed after the completion of a professional tile installation. There can be gaps between the baseboard and the floor that give the surface some room to expand as needed. Shoe molding or quarter-round is an appropriate choice to cover this transition. Our team can help you choose a suitable design.
Professional tile installation can transform any room in your home into a masterpiece for a surprisingly affordable price. Contact us today for a no-obligation quote for your project.