Important technical characteristics of tile. Part 1
There is plenty of information available on how to choose tiles for a bathroom floor and walls. However, there are few particularly important technical characteristics that go unnoticed. If you have never worked with tile before, this article will definitely be useful to you.
Everyone recognizes the importance of a brand name when choosing tiles but it should not be a reason to overpay for it. It is likewise true for country of manufacturing. Local manufacturers can produce tiles that have higher quality than those made by a well-advertised foreign brand.
When choosing tiles in accordance with this characteristic, not everyone knows that a low value does not mean that a tile is of low quality. If you move around a room a lot and do not wear soft shoes, you need tiles that have higher value, which means strong wear resistance. However, the tiles with a lower value can be used in bathrooms where no one is running around, and where everyone, as a usual thing, rushes to put on soft slippers after taking a shower or bath.
Resistance to loads
This characteristic is very important to consider in cases when you know that tiles will be often subjected to shock or pressure. First of all, this applies to floor tiles – the more frequently we drop things on it, the higher the likelihood that it will crack. Therefore, in order to avoid it, you need a quality material that can resist heavy loads.
Resistance to humidity and temperature changes
In this case there are several factors that present at once, such as:
- the ability to resist sudden temperature changes;
- frost resistance;
- resistance to crazing of glazed tiles.
When the enamel of the tile deteriorates in response to temperature changes, it indicates that the product is of low quality. We advise you to consult with a specialist who can easily help you choose the right option that will last for several decades.
Resistance to household chemicals
Obviously, we all use special household chemicals that quickly and easily remove stains from tiles. The tile seems like a material that can withstand such an impact, but in reality it is not quite so: not all chemicals have the same effect.
Classes of chemical resistance:
- Class AA means that tile is not affected by chemicals;
- Class A indicates that tile has a high chemical resistance.