I suppose the wet cold weather may enhance the perception that floor tiles are cold? We know that isn't the case, since underfloor heating and vibrant colours in floor and wall tiles means that you can make any room warm and sunny!

We have a great range of slip resistant floor tiles that are also hardwearing. Some ceramic tiles and some porcelain tiles and some exterior patio tiles. So how do you understand what hard wearing tiles means? How do you understand what level of slip resistance the floor tiles have? Well the industry has some standards that will help you and we have produced advice sheets on this. A summary follows:

The hard wearing aspect of floor tiles is measured by using what is called PEI grades.

PEI (Porcelain Enamel Institute Wear) rating or grading indicates the tile’s resistance to abrasion and reflects suitability for floor traffic. PEI grades apply to glazed floor tiles only.

The PEI gradings for glazed floor tiles are as follows:
PEI I - Light Traffic -­‐ Tiles suitable only for bathrooms and bedrooms; any type of abrasion must be avoided.
PEI II - Light/Medium Traffic -­‐ Tiles suitable for all rooms of a house except entrance halls, kitchens and passageways.
PEI III - Medium Traffic -­‐ Tiles suitable for any room of a house.
PEI IV - Heavy Traffic -­‐ Tiles suitable for all private houses, offices, shops and restaurants.
PEI V - Very Heavy Traffic -­‐ Tiles suitable for all private houses, offices, shops and restaurants.

Not all manufacturers use this grading but where they do - we show the PEI grading in the details of our glazed floor tiles and you can use our Tilefinder to search by relevant PEI grade.

More recently the slip resistance of floor tiles has become important and manufacturers are using the Health and Safety Executive R ratings. we show these in our floor tile descriptions where the manufacturer uses the rating.  The R scale runs from R9 to R13, where R9 is slippery when wet, and R13 the least slippery. Floor surfaces that are classified by the DIN 51130 standard as R9 (or in some instances R10) will be slippery when used in wet or greasy conditions.

Find out much more by going to our advice sheet to explain the R ratings.

Finally in this very techie wall and floor tile blog for me - there is a V rating becoming increasingly common to indicate to customers the colour shade variation on wall and floor tiles.

Variation is inherent in the wall and floor tile production process. Many tiles are specifically designed to vary from tile to tile mirroring the natural stone and marble variations from piece to piece. This way every installation is unique. However some customers want to know if the tiles they buy will vary in colour or texture between each tile. As we get such information from the manufacturers we will indicate in the tile description the colour shade variation according to the V rating standards. These are fully explained in our advice sheets. V1 or V2 mean little variation up to V3 or V4 meaning moderate, to substantial or dramatic variation.

If all this seems really complex and confusing - please don't worry!! All of our staff understand these things and can advise you. Just talk to us about your project and the tiles you are thinking about and we will tell you what is suitable.

Slip resistant tiles include tech stone, rocce, purple stone. Unique colour variation tiles are included in rocce, reaction, planet, cumbria and easywood ranges.

call:     0117 9715567
email: info@collinsontiles.co.uk

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