Types of Tile Flooring for Hallways
Monday January 12, 2009
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Hallways can experience as much foot traffic as a living room or dining room. When choosing a tile floor for your hallway, make sure that it can withstand the level of wear you expect in that area. The more durable tile floor types include varieties of ceramic and porcelain. Ceramic tile is made by firing materials such as talc, clay and minerals at temperatures up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. Ceramic floor tiles can be either glazed or unglazed, and single fired or double fired. Double-fired tiles are typically harder and denser than single fired tiles.
If have kids or pets, unglazed tiles may be best. Unglazed tiles offer more slip resistance as well as more texture than glazed tiles. This may help minimize the chance of a slip or fall. Other tiles types that offer some slip resistance are brick, Saltillo and stone. Although marble and granite tiles are beautiful, they can be very slippery when wet and may not be a good choice for a hallway. If you have marble or granite in the hallway, consider laying down a floor runner to help increase the floor's slip resistance.
Most tile floors can resist staining when properly sealed. Stained grout can often be cleaned with baking soda, vinegar or a manufacturer-approved cleaning solution. When shopping for a grout cleaner, try to choose something that's pH balanced. Cleaning products that are not pH balanced may wear away grout with routine use. If you think that the tile floors may incur a few stains, consider choosing a dark-colored grout.
Tiles that have a high Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) rating should be strong enough to hold up to hallway wear and tear. PEI ratings are based on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the strongest and most durable. Still have questions about the perfect tile floor type for your hallway? Find the answer in our comprehensive tile FAQ section.
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I like hard wood floor, it is classic, and easy to maintain. But then I got kids and suddenly hard wood floors wasn't such a good idea anyways. So If anyone who knows how to maintain hard wood floors when you got kids please do advice me