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Floor tiles are classified according to there resistance to wear. A PEI classification of 1 to 5 can be considered. The Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) rating scale is not a measurement of quality.

It is a scale that clearly indicates the areas that a particular tile can be used, as designed by a particular manufacturer. A PEI 2 tile has been designed for areas where very light traffic and soiling is anticipated. In most cases the aesthetic detailing of these tiles is of prime consideration. You will often find high gloss levels and vibrant colours in this group of tile. Conversely, a PEI 5 tile has been designed for abusive extra heavy foot traffic. The technical aspects such as surface abrasion resistance will be considered and must be achieved first, before aesthetic effects are incorporated.

To make sure that you get the best out of your tiles and to avoid the risk of premature wear, make sure the tiles chosen are for the correct application.

Ceramic Floor Tile Classification

PEI 1 PEI 1- Very Light Traffic: Very low foot traffic, bare foot only. Ensuite bathrooms.
PEI 2 PEI 2 - Light Traffic: Slipper or soft-soled shoes. Main bathroom areas, bedrooms.
PEI 3 PEI 3 - Light to Moderate Traffic: Any residential area with the possible exception of some entries and kitchens if extremely heavy or abrasive traffic is anticipated.
PEI 4 PEI 4 - Moderate to Heavy Traffic: High foot traffic, areas where abrasive or outside dirt could be tracked. Residential entry, kitchen, balcony, and worktops.
PEI 5 PEI 5 - Heavy Traffic: Ceramic tile suggested for residential, commercial and institutional floor subjected to heavy traffic.
Frost resistant Tiles resistant to frost.
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