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What Makes A Good Floor Tile?

How do we choose a good tile for our home? We all want to get the most “Bang For Our Buck” when it comes to our home remodel projects. Let’s face it, they can get financially out of hand quick if we are not careful. So today I want to look at shopping for Ceramic or Porcelain Tile and how to distinguish one from another. This is even difficult for most {especially untrained} Sales People. Let’s begin with how tile is rated:

When we choose the right the tile the whole room comes together.

When we choose the right the tile the whole room comes together.

Tile Ratings & Terms

All tile products are tested and rated based on a variety of factors so that you are sure to find the right product to meet your needs.

  • Abrasion (Wear) Resistance: This is the degree to which a tile’s surface (often a glaze) will withstand the wear of foot traffic, measured in PEI ratings. These ratings range from very low (Class 0 = wall use only) to higher wear ratings such as Class IV for heavy traffic (suitable for all residential and most commercial applications).
  • Breaking Strength: The strength of porcelain comes from unique clays, fired at extreme temperatures, which produce a harder, denser tile for unmatched durability and performance. Breaking strength is assessed by how much weight is needed to cause breakage. Porcelain tile surpasses the industry standard of 250 lbs.
  • Mohs: This is a scale of hardness ranging from 1 (talc) to 10 (diamond) used to determine a material’s scratch resistance. Porcelain tile often has a rating of 7, 8 or 9, while other, less scratch resistant non-porcelain tiles are rated at 5 or 6. In the Moh’s scale, each rating is 10 times harder than the previous number. For a point of reference, natural granite is usually 6 or 7.
  • Water Absorption: Water absorption is conveyed as the percentage of water absorbed by the body of the tile. Porcelain tile is ideal for wet-area applications such as tub surrounds, showers and any area where water may be present because it is “impervious” to water with a rating of 0.5% water absorption or less. Notably, the more impervious the tile, the more frost resistant, meaning it can be used outdoors. Be sure to check product specifications.
Tile used outdoors will  require a higher slip resistance that most indoor tile.

Tile used outdoors will require a higher slip resistance that most indoor tile.

  • Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF): Dynamic Coefficient of Friction is the latest, most reliable measure for indicating slip potential on a tile’s surface. Porcelain tile must have a DCOF of 0.42 for “level interior floors expected to be walked upon when wet” (as stated on the Tile Council of North America website). This new measure replaces the 0.6 reference that was formerly the standard for the industry.
  • Shade Variation: The color and details of porcelain tile may vary from piece to piece and from run to run. While manufacturers often have proprietary methods for conveying the anticipated variation for tile products, most reference terms such as “low shade variation” for very little color or design change from tile to tile and “high shade variation” to denote dramatic differences from tile to tile. It’s important to be aware of shade variation prior to installation to avoid surprises. Likewise, it’s recommended to work from multiple boxes of tile to achieve a favorable mix.
Slate looks tend to have more variation from tile to tile.

Slate looks tend to have more variation from tile to tile.

  • Through-body: This refers to the presence of color throughout the thickness of a tile. Some tile only has color on the top surface glaze; others have partial through-body color.

Porcelain tile outperforms other tile types on tests of strength and absorption.

The most important issues for most Home Owners start with Style, Color, and Patterns.

Large Format Tile
Large format tiles are extremely popular in today’s décor. Many Manufacturer’s product’s are available in large sizes up to 24″x24″. The beauty of the big size is that it creates an open field with less grout line. Whether you’re tiling a small bathroom or a sizable family room, consider using large format tiles to create a feeling of natural space.One of the most popular sizes I sell is 12×24 for a very Contemporary look.

12x24's give a very unique look to any room.

12×24’s give a very unique look to any room.

Color Options
Today’s tiles come in a diverse array of color palettes. Neutral and subdued or rich and opulent – no matter your color needs, ProSource Wholesale Floorcovering’s  has the right selection for you.

With more options than ever before, it’s important to answer some key questions prior to selecting your tile.

  • Does the space have natural, overhead or ambient lighting?
  • Is this a heavy traffic area?
  • What other elements exist in the room’s décor? Is there wallpaper, lots of furniture or a dominant color scheme?

With these questions answered, select a tile color (or colors) that complements your overall décor. Softer, neutral tones may be the right contrast to busy patterns on walls or upholstery, to create a more open feel for the room. Deep colors may add warmth to a large space or help to showcase light wood furniture or fabrics. The professionals at ProSource can always help you with your Design decisions.

Metallic finishes have unique highlights in their color variation.

Metallic finishes have unique highlights in their color variation.

Custom Patterns
Tile patterns mix colors and sizes to achieve clever designs that create an air of custom style. Create custom patterns using contrasting light and dark tiles or contrasting finishes. Frame the tile flooring with a border of mosaics or liners for an area rug effect. Mix modular sizes to add an unexpected touch of whimsy to a kitchen floor. The possibilities are endless.

New Wood Look Porcelains make a great addition to any Kitchen!

New Wood Look Porcelains make a great addition to any Kitchen!


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What Should I Do With My Bathroom ?

When you begin remodeling or designing your new bathroom or Spa, here are a few suggestions for selecting the right product that will be up to date and appealing .

Tile never goes out of style.

Natural Stone has a soft inviting feel for that Mediterranean Spa look. Travertine is one of the most common Natural Stone used. The stone is characterized by pitted holes and troughs in its surface. Although these troughs occur naturally, they suggest signs of considerable wear and tear over time. Some installers use a grout to fill the holes, whereas others leave them open — travertine can be purchased “filled” or “unfilled.” It can also be polished to a smooth, shiny finish, and comes in a variety of colors from grey to coral-red.


Travertine comes in many shapes and sizes giving multiple options in the design of your Shower.

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Travertine with Mosaics

Mosaics make a nice accent in the shower.

Travertine Oval Bath

These 3×6 and 2×2 make nice accents around this tub surround.

Travertine comes in various sizes.

Travertine is tough against wear and tear primarily because of its construction. It’s a sedimentary stone formed in and around hot springs from calcite deposition and is then compressed over time. This type of limestone can come in a variety of colors, from ivory to coral red. Travertine is an adaptable material that can practically be used in any room, from floors to walls because of its durability and beauty.

After travertine has been installed, there are a few tips on how to maintain this stone over time. Travertine can be relatively easy to keep beautiful and scratch-free with floor mats and routine dust mopping. As long as you don’t use cleaners containing acid, your travertine floor or backsplash should look flawless for years to come.

Prosource Wholesale Floorcoverings Guide to Travertine

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Use Marble for a clean and elegant look. Marble is available in multiple sizes and coordinates well with polished porcelain. The light color of Carrara Marble creates the illusion of more space in smaller settings.

In its purest calcite form, marble takes on a creamy white hue, while marble that features hematite is known to take on a reddish tint. Other minerals, including limonite and serpentine, produce yellow and greenish hues, respectively.

Forged from limestone that was heated and pressurized in the core of the Earth’s crust, marble is one of the most luminous and visually stunning materials that you can use for your home flooring installation.

Nothing says opulence or exudes sheer lavishness like cool marble flooring throughout a home’s interior. While marble may require extra care, the unparalleled appeal of this elegant substance makes it well worth the effort. Ranking as a 4 on Moh’s scale of hardness, marble may not be as hard as diamond or quartz, but its resiliency makes it a solid flooring choice to withstand regular wear-and-tear.

Prosource Marble Guide

wood look 13x36 porcelain

For a bold rustic look a Tile that looks like Wood is great to create a relaxed casual effect.

porcelain tile bathroom

porcelain tile

For a Contemporary look use large format size porcelain tile like Porcelanosa’s Casona Cantagno, with a rectified edge this will allow a minimal grout joint allowing for a smooth flowing, seamless application.

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