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When you think of elegance, beauty, and style, you think of ceramic tiles. Like hardwood flooring, ceramic tile adds value to your home because of its durability, beauty, and versatility.

One advantage to ceramic flooring is the variety of types including wall tiles and floor tiles. This variety makes it an ideal flooring choice for rooms such bathrooms and kitchens because it is impervious to moisture and able to cover the entire room with fluent design and grace. Accent tiles can give a touch of flare to a ceramic tile installation giving the entire room the feel you’re looking for be it rustic or contemporary.

Ceramic tile floors are becoming more popular for other rooms of the home as well, from living rooms to dining rooms, because of its long lifetime. A high quality ceramic floor will last a lifetime while maintaining its luster for years. Often, people use area rugs to enhance the tile’s color and even further bring a room to life.

Ceramic Tile Qualities & Ratings

The quality of ceramic tile is rated in five groups. Each group represents a tile’s durability under specific levels of traffic. The lower the group number, the lower the tile’s durability.

The following information provides a group-number-to-traffic-level correlation and describes the location best suited for each group.

Group 1 - Light Traffic

Tiles in this group are usually used for residential bathroom flooring and are not recommended for any area exposed to heavy foot traffic.

Group 2 - Moderate Traffic

Group 2 tiles can be used on residential interior floors, but should not be used in areas such as kitchens, entry ways and stairs that are subject to tracked in or spilled abrasives.

Group 3 - Moderate to Heavy Traffic

These tiles can be used for any residential or light commercial application. The only place that they are not recommended is in heavy traffic commercial areas, like banks and restaurants.

Group 4 - Heavy Traffic

Tiles that qualify for Group 4 can be used for any residential and nearly all commercial applications. These tiles are durable enough to be used in such heavy traffic areas as shopping malls.

Group 5 - Ultra Heavy Traffic

Group 5 tiles are the most durable and can be used for all residential, commercial, and even industrial applications where extreme durability is a must.

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