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Ratings. There are four or five ratings categories listed on every box of ceramic tile. Five if it's a glazed tile and four if you're buying unglazed tile. Any time you're getting ready to buy tile, be sure to read the label. Look for a given tile's grade, PEI rating, water absorption, coefficient of friction, frost safety and tone. In this Ideabook, I'm going to go through and discuss each of these categories and why they're important.
Grade. The first category is a tile's grade. A tile will have a grade from one to three. Grade one is the highest quality, grade two is similar to grade one but it will almost always be less expensive. Grades one and two are suitable for floors. Grade three tile aren't heavy-duty enough to walk on, and they're only intended to be used on walls. Though you can use floor tile as wall tile, you cannot use wall tile as floor tile. Be sure that any tile you're considering for your floors is at least a grade two.