How to Choose the Right Tile

It's hard to beat the beauty and sheer durability of tile, but these days, homeowners have such a variety of tiles to choose from, picking the right tile for the job can be easier said than done. It's not bad enough that one has to pick between porcelain and a myriad of natural stones, but then there's all those PEI ratings!

Here, Southland's GA builders explain the key differences so you can take the guess work out of choosing the right tile for your project.

What are PEI Ratings?

The PEI rating system was designed by the Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) to help consumers choose the appropriate tile for their application. This class rating system outlines the wear expectations for the particular tile and it is the only such rating system recognized by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). The current PEI rating system includes:

The majority of porcelain tiles on the market feature a PEI Class 5 Rating, making them among the hardest wearing tiles available. In comparison, non-porcelain ceramic tiles, like those made from red or white clay, typically feature PEI Class Ratings anywhere from 1 to 3. As a result, non-porcelain ceramic tiles cost less than porcelain tiles.

Natural Stone Tiles

There are several different types of natural stones used to make tiles, including slate, granite, limestone, marble, and travertine.

Regardless of which natural stone tile you choose, you will be required to seal the surface periodically in order to maintain the stone's beauty and resilience.

Southland Custom Homes can give your home the perfect finishing touch with your choice of natural, porcelain, or non-porcelain tile. To learn more about the options available from our GA builders, just visit one of our model showrooms located in Macon (3956 Bloomfield Village Drive, Macon, GA 31206), Dawsonville (837 GA 400 S, Dawsonville, GA 30534), and Marietta (265 N. Cobb PKWY, Marietta, GA 30062). Stop by today to see all that Southland has to offer!

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