Tid Bits of Tile Info! 4

bathroom_tileI was in the process of sourcing tiles for one of my bathroom projects and couldn’t believe the amount of options out there, as the colour, design and size selections are endless.

My customer’s bathroom is very narrow with a ceiling height of 89”. They were looking for a traditional transitional design  and wanted the bathroom to feel spacious all while still keeping the existing layout.  In this scenario, it’s good to go with large tiles, as it will make the space look and feel bigger than it actually is. As for tile colours, go with a design that has colours from other elements in the room (cabinet, countertop, faucets, toilet, etc.). Remember, the tile colour is what pulls everything together within the space.

Eventually I found what I was looking for according to my  research and would like to share some helpful hints with you.

Did you know…

1. Tiles come in ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, glass and quarry.

2. Tiles come in many sizes such as, 4”x 4”, 4”x6”, 10”x10”, 12”x18”, 18”x18”, 24”x24” and many more. Some tile design …will have limited size selections for that line.

3. Tile quality is determined by the PEI rating, MOHS scale and moisture absorption rating?

a) The PEI (Porcelain Enamel Institute) rating determines the tiles durability in wear without damaging its appearance.

Rating 1 – No foot traffic
Rating 2 – Light traffic
Rating 3 – Light to moderate traffic
Rating 4 – Moderate to heavy traffic
Rating 5 – Heavy to extra heavy traffic

The Mohs Scale

The Mohs Scale

b) The MOHS scale determines the tiles strength.

Scale 1 – Talc
Scale 2 – Gypsum
Scale 3 – Calcite
Scale 4 – Fluorite
Scale 5 – Apatite
Scale 6 – Feldspar
Scale 7 – Quartz
Scale 8 – Topaz
Scale 9 – Corundum
Scale 10 – Diamond

c) Moisture absorption rating determines the tiles permeability to water.

Rating 1 – Low dense (7.0%)
Rating 2 – Medium dense (3.0% – 7.0%)
Rating 3 – High dense (0.5% – 3.0%)
Rating 4 – Extremely dense (0.5% or less)

4. Many stores sell matching grout colours to go with your tile selection.

5. Sometimes tile design, colour and size can be off. To prevent this, purchase tiles from the same lot number and shade number, this will ensure tiles was made from the same batch and 90% chance that the tiling area will be 99% consistent throughout.

I hope my findings to be useful;  happy tile shopping!


The Mohs Scale Chart – http://www.gly.uga.edu
Bathroom Photo – http://www.contemporarytileinc.com/catalog5.html


4 thoughts on “Tid Bits of Tile Info!

  1. Reply Mike Jul 10, 2009 3:59 pm

    The Mohs Scale is interesting…

  2. Reply Jen Dec 8, 2009 9:30 pm

    Love this bathroom! Question for you… I’m in the process of updating my transitional-styled bathroom. Currently, the entire wall above the vanity is an unfinished mirror. Would it fit this style best for me to 1) finish the mirror with moulding stained to match the cabinets, or 2) to rip off the mirror and hang smaller mirrors instead?

    Thanks for your advice!

  3. Reply Thuy Dec 10, 2009 11:04 am

    Hi Jen,

    Thank you for the compliment; this bathroom picture, has a Zen and tranquility feel to it, doesn’t it?

    As for your bathroom dilemma, either option will work. Framed wall mirrors will make the space look bigger and grand. Small mirrors will make the space look smaller, but yet cozy.

    In the end, it really depends on what you feel comfortable with and how you blend everything together within the space.

    I hope this helps,
    Happy bathroom uplift.

  4. Reply Marble Bathroom Vanity Feb 3, 2010 7:34 pm

    I definitely have the same opinion with you regarding this topic. Nice article. Already bookmarked for future reference.

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