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WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING TILE

Color, size, shape, and finish are some of the most important things to consider when you're selecting tile. However, Daltile provides you with much more information about each of our tiles so you can make a choice that will not only look great, but stand the test of time. 

Learn  more about the importance of the technical details, and what each means, below.

Usage

Floor tile

Floor


Tile meets all criteria for use on floors (excluding shower floors or outdoor floors, for which there is a separate criteria). *

Wall tile

Wall


Tile meets all criteria for use on vertical surfaces such as walls, backsplash, and fireplace surrounds.*

Countertop tile

Countertop


Tile meets all criteria for use on countertops, and vertical surfaces such as walls, backsplash, and fireplace surrounds.*

Shower Tile

Shower Floor

Tile meets all criteria for use on the shower floor. It may also be used for walls, backsplashes, other floors, etc.*

Exterior tile

Exterior


Tile meets all criteria for use in outdoor applications.**

*See abrasion resistance, DCOF and frost resistance for installation-specific details.

**See floor and wall usage criteria and abrasion resistance, DCOF, and frost resistance criteria for installation-specific details.


Special Features

PTCA - Porcelain Tile Certification Agency

Certified Porcelain

Tile has been certified by the Porcelain Tile Certification Agency.

Customize

Customize


Tile order can be customized.

Encaustic

Encaustic


Encaustic-look porcelain tile.

FlexFit Size Solutions

FlexFit


Tile is available in pre-fabricated sizes cut from a larger slab.

Large Format Tile

Large Format

Tile available in sizes larger than 15 inches.

Made in the USA

Made in the usa

Product is made in the USA.

Mosaic

Mosaic/

Deco

 

Product has mosaic or deco tile available.

Pavers

Paver



Tile can be used outdoors as a paver.

Post Consumer

Post-Consumer REcycled

Tile contains recycled material from post-consumer resources.

PreConsumer

pre-consumer recycled

Tile contains recycled material from pre-consumer resources.

Reveal Imaging

Reveal Imaging


Tile employs imaging technology and inkjet printing.

StepWise slip resistance. Line art of shoe on dotted floor.

StepWise™



Tile has infused technology that makes it 50% more slip-resistant.

Terrazzo

Terrazzo

Tile has a terrazzo look style.

TruEdge rectified edge tile

Tru-Edge™

 

Tile has rectified edges, which can have a smaller grout joint.

ZeroTox | Healthy Homes. Healthy Planet.

ZeroTox


Tile contains zero VOCs, zero PVCs, zero formaldehyde, and no allergens.


Materials

Ceramic

Ceramic

Glazed Ceramic

Glazed Ceramic

Porcelain

Porcelain

ColorBody Porcelain

ColorBody Porcelain

Glazed Porcelain

Glazed Porcelain

Technical Porcelain

TEchnical Porcelain

Glass

Glass

Metal

Metal

Mixed Materials

Mixed Materials

Natural Stone

Natural Stone

Natural Stone Granite

Granite

Natural Stone Limestone

Limestone

Natural Stone Marble

Marble

Natural Stone Slate

Slate

Natural Stone Soapstone

Soapstone

Natural Stone Travertine

Travertine

Natural Stone Quartzite

Quartzite

Quartz

Quartz

Quarry

Quarry

Vinyl

Vinyl


Installation

 

Grout Joint Recommendation  This represents the minimum width the grout joint should be to avoid lippage, breakage, etc. There may also be a recommendation for placement of tile in brickjoint layout and different requirements for floor and wall installations.
 Shade Variation Tile coloring can range from monochromatic to a highly varied in coloring and shading. Variation exists within individual tiles and from tile to tile. Results range from V0 to V4 where V0 is uniform and monochromatic and V4 has considerable variation from tile to tile. 

Performance Characteristics

Water Absorption  A measurement of density and porosity that determines how much water tile will take on when exposed to water. Based on ASTM testing standards. Results given in percentage of water absorbed by the tile.
 Breaking Strength  A measurement of pounds required to cause a tile to break. Based on ASTM testing standards. Results given in pounds at which the tile broke in testing.
 Scratch Hardness  A measurement of the resistance of a tile when scratched by ten reference materials (gypsum, fluorite, quartz, diamond, etc.). Based on the MOHS hardness scale. Results given on a 1-10 scale where 1 is low scratch resistance and 10 is high scratch resistance.
 Chemical Resistance  A measurement of resistance to chemical substances when exposed over time. Based on ASTM testing standards. Results given as resistant or not resistant.
 Abrasion Resistance  A measurement of resistance to visible surface abrasions and wear. Based on ASTM testing standards. Results given on a 1-5 scale where 1 is best suited for light traffic and 5 is suited for heavy commercial traffic.
 DCOF  Dynamic coefficient of friction, DCOF, measures friction between two surfaces especially where there is contamination. Results reflect the amount of force required to keep two surfaces sliding against one another. StepWise technology increases friction and makes tile 50% more slip resistant than regular tile.

More Information

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Avoid Slippery Surfaces

Learn which measurement gives you the right amount of slip resistance for your project.

Rooftop patio with stacked stone-faced bar under a pergola, wood look slip-resistant floor tile, and gray paver walkway set in grass.

StepWise Slip Resistant Tile

Boasting DCOF of at least .60, StepWise technology makes tile 50% more slip resistant.

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