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Wear Rating System

While the composition of tiles may differ, the most important attribute to a tile is its wear rating. The wear rating is a tile's ability to resist scratching from surface abrasion. The chart below shows how tiles are rated.

Class 1 Wall Application Only.
Class 2 Light Residential Use. Class 2 tiles must not be used in residential areas that are subject to constant or heavy traffic. (i.e., kitchen)
Class 3 Residential Applications. Class 3 tiles are suitable for all residential applications.
Class 4 All Residential and Light Commercial Applications. Class 4 tiles may be used in all residential areas and light commercial applications. (i.e., restaurants, offices)
Class 5 Suitable for all Residential and Commercial Application. Class 5 tiles are suitable for all applications including those with heavy traffic and constant use. (i.e., Shopping Malls, Hospitals)
Class 8 Varies. Customer should discuss proper application with showroom design associate.