Flooring is an important part of every business venue. It can make a statement about your company, and it can also affect the way your customers and employees interact with your space. This is especially the case with tile, since there are several variables involved in not only selecting the most appropriate type for the workspace, but ensuring it’s properly installed. In this blog, we’ll describe the characteristics of good commercial tile, as well as how to determine if your tile installation was done correctly.
Characteristics of Good Commercial Tile
Tile is easy to clean, making it a great choice for many commercial settings. However, in order to be deemed appropriate for a commercial location, tiling should fit the following set of criteria:
Increased durability for high-traffic
Tile that is manufactured for commercial use is typically more durable than residential tile and can withstand heavier traffic.
You’ll want to make sure to select a tile that is slip-resistant to protect both your workers and customers. For example, if you’re installing tile in a kitchen, choose a tile that is rated for wet areas. Grout can be a major contributor to slips and falls and must also be good quality
Coordinated to match the space
There are many types of tile designs and colors available, so be sure to choose one that will complement the style of your business.
Tiles that are designed for colder climates may not be suitable for warmer climates, and vice versa. If your business is located in a cold climate, choose a tile that is resistant to frost and moisture. Slate and ceramic tiles are good options for cold climates, as they are both durable and moisture-resistant. Tiles in warmer climates should be resistant to heat and sun exposure. In this case, porcelain and concrete are good choices.
Checking for Quality in a Commercial Tile Installation
Even if you’re not a flooring expert, there are several ways to determine the quality of a tile installation. The condition of each tile, type of grout, and spacing in between tiles and walls can make the difference between quality workmanship or an installer that took shortcuts with poor results. One minor defect can affect the appearance and safety of the entire installation.
Look for the following features to verify the integrity of your tile installation. When evaluating these factors, view the flooring from a customer’s perspective and in normal lighting for your location.
Even grout lines
Grout lines should be consistent and straight, with no gaps between the tiles. There should be no excess grout on tile surfaces.
No gapping between the tiles and walls
To inspect for gaps, place a straight edge against the tile and wall, and look for any spaces in between both areas. A properly done installation will not have any gaps. Additionally, corner and side wall cuts should be clean.
Tiles that are installed correctly will be even with each other, with no gaps or ridges between them. This ensures a level surface and a seamless look. Placing a level tool on top of a few tiles will verify they are all the same height.
Coordinated colors, patterns, and designs
A carefully coordinated installation results in a beautiful and polished floor that impresses customers. Ceramic tile edges should be sharp and at perfect right angles without broken corners.
Tiles are not chipped or cracked
Tiles that have been installed properly should not have any visible damage such as cracks, depressions, holes, specks, spots, and cavities, as they could lead to water damage over time.
Tiles are firmly attached to the floor
This ensures that the adhesive the installer used is strong enough and won’t come loose over time.
Flooring is a critical part of any commercial space. As one of the most visible qualities, it can make or break the first impression of your business. That’s why it’s important to choose the right type of flooring for your needs and to have it installed by professionals. If you’re looking for tile installation services for your business, contact us today to schedule a consultation to assess your specific needs and provide you with a custom quote. We’ll work with you to find the perfect tile solution for your space and ensure that it’s installed correctly, so you can enjoy its benefits for years to come.