Ceramic tiles are not specifically made for floor or wall. Wall tiles manufacturers classify their products according to the strength and durability. Any tile can be used and apply on walls but only certain grades of ceramic tiles are meant for flooring.
Manufacturers rate their tiles on a scale of 1 to 5. The tile grade should be mentioned on the box, and if it is not there, you can any time call manufacturing company and ask about it. Let’s start briefing of each grade-
- Grade 1 is the lowest one and it is only used for wall tiles.
- Grade 2 is meant for walls or residential floors that have limited access, such as bathrooms.
- Grade 3 tiles are best for heavy residential foot traffic or light commercial floor use.
- Grade 4 tiles are designed for heavy foot traffic in commercial area, such as banks, grocery stores, etc.
- Grade 5 tiles are only meant for industrial use. These tiles are able to handle heavy traffic and chemicals.
Grade 5 tiles are not used for homes because they don’t look decorative.
If we cannot use wall tiles for floorings, why we see at so many places where bathrooms have same tiles on the walls and floors?
It is because bathrooms have limited access and least traffic. You can apply several patterned or colorful tiles on the ceiling, floors, and walls as you like.
You can even tile over the present tiles. But before this, you have to check that the tiles are sound and well-fitted to avoid future troubles. However, if you don’t want any risk, just remove the old tiles and fit the new ones. You must call professionals for this job.
How to install wall and floor tiles?
Laying tiles is not a tough job as long as you measure and plan ahead. If you have prior experience, you should know that cutting and nibbling off tiles can be done by the experienced person. The fixing of natural stone is a specialized job as compared to fixing of ceramic tiles. Experts seal the natural stone before grouting with another coat of sealing liquid that is applied after grouting.
Steps for laying the wall tiles-
- Clean the walls
- Repair damage
- Treat the wall surface
- Prime surfaces
- Make a measuring gauge
- Mark the wall
- Fix timber battens
- Arrange the tiles
- Start tiling
- Cut tiles
- Apply grout
- Seal the joints
For any question, contact wall tiles manufacturers in your local.