Many customers make the mistake of buying the wrong ceramic tiles for the project they are planning. There is nothing more disappointing than having ceramic tile installed only to find out that the wrong tiles were chosen for their intended use. Listed below are the classifications of ceramic tiles and there intended usage.

Class “O”: Wall Tile Only

This tile is only for use on a wall. The strengh of the ceramic tile and the glazing on the ceramic tiles are not strong enough to withstand foot traffic.

Class “1”: Light Traffic Floors

This ceramic tile is used mostly on walls. It may also be used in areas of light traffic where socks and slippers are mostly worn. The reason normal shoes could damage the tiles is that most shoes have rubber soles. When people wearing rubber sole shoes pivot on their feet, a tremendous amount of friction is generated against the glaze of the tile. The glazing on the ceramic tiles isn’t strong enough to withstand that amount of friction.

 Class “2”: Medium Light Traffic

These ceramic tiles are for medium light traffic. The glazing is harder than Class “1” tiles but is still not strong enough to be used in heavier traffic areas.

Class “3”: All Residential and Most Commercial Floors

These ceramic tiles may be used in ordinary residential applications and most commercial flooring. The glazing on these tiles is quite durable and the strength of the tiles can handle the stress of most traffic areas.

Class “4+”: Extra Durability Floors

The usual application for these tiles is in shopping malls and areas where extremely high traffic is expected. As you may have guessed, these tiles have a much higher strengh and stronger glazing than the tiles that have been previously discussed.

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