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Before Shopping For Your Backsplash
See this video from one of our suppliers as they tell how to prepare to shop for your kitchen backsplash.
PEI Wear Rating
PEI Class 1 Rating (No foot traffic) – Recommended for wall use in residential and commercial applications only.
PEI Class 2 Rating (Light traffic) – Recommended for both wall use and bathroom floor applications only.
PEI Class 3 Rating (Light to moderate traffic) – Recommended for countertops, walls and floors where normal foot traffic is expected.
PEI Class 4 Rating (Moderate to heavy traffic) – Recommended for all residential applications as well as medium commercial and light institutional.
PEI Class 5 Rating (Heavy to extra heavy traffic) – Recommended for all residential as well as heavy commercial and institutional applications.
Shade Variation Index
V1 = Uniform Appearance – Differences among pieces from the same production run are minimal.
V2 = Slight Variation – Clearly distinguishable differences in texture and/or pattern within similar colors.
V3 = Moderate Variation – While the colors and/or textures present on a single piece of tile will be indicative of the colors and/or textures to be expected on the other tiles, the amount of colors and/or texture on each piece may vary significantly.
V4 = Substantial Variation – Random color and/or texture differences from tile to tile, so that one tile may have totally different colors and/or texture from that on other tiles. Thus, the final installation will be unique.
Slip Resistant – Coefficient of friction (COF) is 0.60 or greater (wet). Meets or exceeds general safety and health regulations, ADA and OSHA requirements. Would be suitable for foot traffic.
Conditionally Slip Resistant – Coefficient of friction is 0.50 to 0.59 (wet). Meets or exceed general safety and health regulations and OSHA requirements. Probably suitable for foot traffic.
Questionable – Coefficient of friction less than 0.50. Probably not suitable for foot traffic.