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Old 02-08-2010, 08:41 PM   #1
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porcelain tile grade

I've got a basement 1/2 bath that also serves as a mud room - have a chance to grab some tile from a neighbor (thinking ahead) - concrete floor now. Attached is a pic of the box - am not too knowledgeable on deciphering the codes - is this a grade 1 or 5? I don't want something that won't hold up to sand, dirt, etc... - thanks!
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Old 02-09-2010, 05:22 AM   #2
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Looks like a Grade 1.

5 is the shade.
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:10 AM   #3
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Artemis is a part of Vitromex tile of Mexico.
they are so so tile. all the Vitromex I put in down here was an average tile.


yes: Grade-1, Shade-5, Caliber-2

http://www.artemis-rec.com/sp/#
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Thanks for the replies - from what I gather, it probably would be best if I avoided this, as the room is a heavy-duty room?
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:24 AM   #5
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It'd fine on a wall.
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The things I learn by searching this forum - that there are grades and PEI ratings for tile. In this case, grade is 1, but no PEI rating on the box? Neighbor claims these 13" x 13" tiles is are rated at PEI 4 - where can I find the right info?

By the way Brian (ceramictec) - I pulled up the website you listed, comes up in spanish, won't let me get into the english version, so "no comprende" there. Also Brian, if you will, define "so-so" as some of us construe that differently.
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Other countries dont use the PEI rating.

so so, is about a 5 on a 1 to 10 scale.
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:26 PM   #8
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Unless you plan on running a bank or a shopping mall in your basement I would think you would be fine myself or unless you live with 20 people.......

I had a house with 3 adults and 2 children with regular ceramic for several years (about 10) before I even noticed any pattern wearing off..........my opinion

I think consumers make too much of a fuss over this.
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The only real way, no matter what the rating, to test a tile for the suitability of your particluar install is to subject a sample tile to the abuse you expect it will see, i.e. scraping a high heel shoe across it or a pan, etc.
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That tile is rated PEI IV, of course that doesn't tell you much about quality. http://www.artemis-rec.com/sp/porcel...s/castello.htm If this doesn't take you to the chart, click the wheel bottom right.

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