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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

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Floor


Tile meets all criteria for use on floors (excluding shower floors or outdoor floors, for which there is a separate criteria). This tile can also be used on other surfaces such as walls, countertops, or fireplace surrounds.

 

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

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Wall


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

 

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

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Countertop


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

 

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

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Shower Floor

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

 

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

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Exterior


Tile meets all criteria for use in outdoor applications.

 

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

Special Features

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Certified Porcelain

Tile has been certified by the Porcelain Tile Certification Agency.

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Customize


Tile order can be customized.

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Encaustic


Encaustic-look porcelain tile.

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FlexFit


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

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Large Format

Tile available in sizes larger than 15 inches.

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Made in the usa

Product is made in the USA.

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Mosaic/Deco



Product has mosaic or deco tile available.

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Paver



Tile can be used outdoors as a paver.

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Post-Consumer REcycled

Tile contains recycled material from post-consumer resources.

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pre-consumer recycled

Tile contains recycled material from pre-consumer resources.

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Reveal Imaging


Tile employs imaging technology and inkjet printing.

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StepWise™



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

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Terrazzo

Tile has a terrazzo look style.

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Tru-Edge™

 

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

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ZeroTox


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

Materials

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Ceramic

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ColorBody Porcelain

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Glass

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Glazed Ceramic

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Glazed Porcelain

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Metal

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Mixed Materials

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Porcelain

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Quarry

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Quartz

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TEchnical Porcelain

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Natural Stone

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Granite

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Limestone

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Marble

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Quartzite

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Slate

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Soapstone

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Travertine

Vinyl

Vinyl

Installaton

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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StepWise Slip Resistant Tile

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

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