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Old 03-08-2008, 11:26 AM   #1
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Tile strong enough for refrigerator?

I am looking at tiles for our kitchen floor. I have read and understand PEI ratings from a durability perspective. I'm not sure, however, if there is a minimum PEI you must have if you intend to place heavy appliances such as a refrigerator on them. Would a PEI of 3 stand up to the weight of a large refrigerator?

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Old 03-08-2008, 11:31 AM   #2
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most tile are strong enough for a refrigerator once set on a good supporting sub floor or slab.

PEI III: Floor coverings in areas that, with normal footwear are walked on more often with small amounts of scratching dirt (e.g. residential kitchens, halls, corridors, balconies). This does not apply to abnormal footwear.

it's not like you are rolling around the fridge on the floor daily.
once in place the floor will support the fridge.
lay down cardboard to protect the tile when you roll the fridge back into place
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If I'm not mistaken, PEI 3 is a residenial/ light commercial rating and would be fine in a kitchen, remembering this is a rating for the glaze only, not the tile structure.

Damn, Brian, you are quick!!
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Old 03-08-2008, 12:47 PM   #5
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So pretty much any tile designed for kitchens should be OK with a refrigerator on it?
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As long as it's floor tile.
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The three big things are: proper subfloor construction, a floor rated tile, and full coverage with thinset so the tile is properly supported with no voids.
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The small white road buttons that are between the street lanes are made of tile. They can take a beating as long as they are bonded well to the concrete. It doesn't take long for them to break though when they break bond. Like dad always said, "tile is only as good as what's behind it." True in most cases anyway.
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Old 03-08-2008, 09:15 PM   #10
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Thanks! YOu all have been incredibly helpful! I appreciate it.
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