5 Things that Make Wall Tiles Different from Floor Tilesby Tile Power Floor & Wall Tiles Company Wall and floor tiles are not the same thing. Depending on their durability and strength, tiles are classified as floor and wall tiles. Different tiles can handle different level of foot traffic and some cannot handle any traffic at all. Those that are not fit for walking are fitted on walls. So, in a way all floor tiles can be used on walls but no wall tile can be used on floors.
When it comes to installing floor and wall tiles, there is more to think that what you might expect. What is it that makes on tile ideal for walls and the other for floors? Have a look at the different factors you should consider before deciding whether to use a particular tile on floor or on the wall:
COF ratings: Ceramic and porcelain tiles come with a COF (coefficient of friction) rating. Floor tiles should have lower COF rating than wall tiles. Lower COF means lower friction thus making the tiles safe to walk on. Tiles with higher COF rating have higher friction and can be used on the walls as there is no risk of slipping.
PEI ratings: There are basically 5 classes of PEI (Porcelain Enamel Institute) ratings that are used by tile companies. While Class 1 ratings indicate usage only on walls, class 5 tiles are ideal for heavy-duty foot traffic areas (particularly commercial settings). The PEI ratings are mentioned within the tile’s specifications and are the true indicator of where the tile should be used.
Installation: Floor tiles can be used on walls but not the other way round. Wall tiles are not meant for walking and are therefore softer and more likely to break. For example, glass tiles are not recommended for floors as they can break easily, but these are ideal option for walls.
Size: Floor tiles are smaller in dimensions as compared to wall tiles. Floor tiles can measure between 12’’ square to 18’’. On the other hand, wall tiles will measure 4’’ X 4’’ or less mostly because installing tiles on a vertical surface is more difficult. When you are installing tiles in bathrooms, make sure that you use hard glazed tiles on walls and water absorbent tiles on floors.
Embellishments: Most often, wall tiles come with additional embellishments that are rarely found in floor tiles. Embellishments like borders and bands are essential features of wall tiles that enhance the look of these tiles and give them a unique look.
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