How are the ratings given?
Ceramics and tiles come in a variety of styles and are best for a variety of uses. For example, some of them are intended for the walls and others for the floors. They can also be adapted to the space requirements depending on the surface properties, design and surface texture. To determine the proper use of tiles for the application of PEI ratings, these are specified by the tile industry based primarily on the tests carried out by the Porcelain Enamel Institute. This institute is headquartered in Norcross, GA and supplies the supply of enamelling equipment and materials for porcelain.
The PEI rating gives insight into the durability and hardness of the ceramic products once tested on the lady. The PEI rating is given when the surface layer is tested for layered enamel glazing. It gives an insight into the breaking strength or slip resistance of the tile. The technical PEI rating can be defined as a measurement of surface abrasion resistance. An abrasion testing machine is used to evaluate the tiles. The machining of the machine is done in such a way that the steel ball bearings are pushed down and rolled over the surface of the tile and their effect can be seen by the viewer. The nominal values of the ceramic tiles are based in particular on the number of revolutions of the machine head.
Understanding the scoring scale of ratings
A porcelain tile receives a PEI hardness rating on a five-point scale and ranges in particular from 0 to the NR category. The PEI class is assigned based on the revolutions of the testing machine, which means that the abrasion can be felt.
Pay close attention to the reviews
You need to pay close attention to the PEI class when choosing tiles. For example, a light grade in the 0-1 range will tear if used on the floor. On the other hand, Class 5 can be heavy and difficult to hold even with the help of adhesives. Although some of the tiles do not have PEI class ratings, to make them easier to use, you must select tiles that contain such ratings.
Another way to choose the floor and wall tiles is criteria. The tile intended for installation on the wall will not be affected by the movement of the foot, and in this case there will be no wear and tear. This particular type of tile can be smooth and thinner, and security is not a major issue in this case. When it comes to the tiles used on the walls, they can have intricate designs and may not work well on the floor. For this reason, it is recommended that you choose them carefully.
The tiles that are used on the floors often have a textured surface that makes it easy to walk on without slipping. It is recommended that you look at the service provider's manufacturing details to understand the PEI settings. It is necessary that the company provide all the information related to the reviews so that the consumer can easily understand them. Make sure you also look at the specifications for the location of the tiles so you don't confuse them with one another.
Finally, the PEI ratings can certainly help to some extent and help customers make an informed decision about the type of tile they are looking for for their home.