Walk into any tile showroom, and you will find an array of shapes, colors, and materials. With overwhelming number of options available, choosing the right tile is an intricate balance of beauty and practicality.
Deciding where the tile will be placed will help you narrow down the size and material. Will this tile be used for floors, walls, or a backsplash?
MSI sample boards will provide you with all the information you need to determine whether the tile is appropriate for your specific installation.
Porcelain Enamel Institute(PEI) Chart
PEI RATING HELPS TO CLASSIFY THE DURABILITY AND FUNCTIONALITY OF PORCELAIN AND CERAMIC SURFACES WITH THE FOLLOWING SYSTEM.
Each tile collection has its own rating for well the glaze will stand up to traffic and wear without damage to its appearance.
Coefficient of Friction
Coefficient of friction established the effort needed to move an object across the face of the tile. To minimize slip and fall injuries, the American Disabilities Act (ADA) required COF no less than 0.6 for level surfaces and not less than 0.8 for ramps.
Each porcelain and ceramic tile features variation of color, tone, and texture among that make it unique. We rate these variations according to the following hierarchy:
Color and Texture play a major role in expressing the personality of space. Are you looking for a timeless neutral that allows your furnishings to shine, or do you want a tile surface that makes a statement on its own?
Shape and size are particularly important when it comes to the installation process. Square and rectangular tiles are easier to place than irregularly shaped tile. Larger tiles are easier to place than dozens of small tiles. They require even more accuracy with placement and grout joints.
Budget is also a key consideration, but today’s technology is allowing manufacturers to create high-quality porcelain and ceramic tiles at very affordable price points. The breadth and quality of MSI’s porcelain and ceramic product lines permits us to meet the style and performance requirements of any project, commercial or residential. In addition, our international resources and buying power enables us to offer products that fit nearly any project’s budgetary constraints.