Tile Rating:

The PEI classification (Porcelain Enamel Institute Rating) of 0 through 5 should be considered when choosing the right tile for your space. The rating from 0 to 5 (0 for lightest foot traffic, 5 for heaviest) applies to both ceramic and porcelain tiles. The rating is not a measurement of quality but an indicator of the best areas of use manufacturers recommend. Typically, the most aesthetic tiles will have a lower rating, for example a PEI 2 tile isn’t manufactured with extra heavy traffic and abrasion resistance as the primary concern. Most tiles with high gloss, metallic finishes or special colours will tend to be rated in this group.  Tiles used for heavy traffic areas, like PEI 5, are designed with function as the foremost concern, aesthetic design next in importance. The technical aspects such as surface abrasion resistance will be considered and must be achieved first before aesthetic effects are incorporated.

  • Class 0: No foot traffic
    Wall tiles only and should not be used on floors.
  • Class 1: Very light traffic
    Very low foot traffic, bare foot only (master ensuite, spa, bathroom)
  • Class 2: Light traffic
    Slipper or soft-soled shoes (second level main bathroom areas, bedrooms)
  • Class 3: Light to moderate traffic
    Any residential area with the possible exception of some entries and kitchens if extremely heavy or abrasive traffic is anticipated.
  • Class 4: Moderate to heavy traffic
    High foot traffic areas where abrasive or outside dirt could be tracked (residential entry, kitchen, balcony and countertop)