Ceramic tiles are the most practical finishing material for flooring in the hall. No other is so resistant to dirt or abrasion, no other is so impervious to water or even mud and snow. The tiles do not require any special maintenance or particular care – simple care and cleaning with water and mild detergent will do.
Choosing the right tiles
However, to be able to enjoy such a practical floor in the hall for years, buy smart by selecting the appropriate tiles. It will pay off in the future. Especially in single-family houses, where in autumn and winter you enter the hall directly with wet or snow-covered shoes. In apartment blocks, the situation is a bit different because some of the dirt and water from shoes is already left on the staircase.
Practical tips to make the choice easier
When choosing your dream tiles for living room or hall, you should pay close attention to some very important factors.
- Purpose – be sure to pay attention whether the tiles you buy are meant to be laid on the floor. The manufacturer always gives this information, usually in the form of a pictogram or other easily identifiable symbol on the box or in the catalogue. Thanks to this you can be sure that the tiles will have the right durability and resistance to dirt and abrasion.
- Abrasion resistance – PEI, that is the tiles’ resistance to abrasion, is an important parameter. It is the number of revolutions, which is a measure of the resistance of glazed tiles’ surface to abrasion. The higher the PEI, the more resistant are the tiles. Class 4 or 5 class is recommended for hall, which is a high traffic area with an increased exposure to dirt.
- Frost resistance– it is an important parameter to be taken into consideration when choosing the tiles for the hall, contrary to what one might expect. Even though they do not lie directly outside. The frost resistance parameter is related to the water absorbability of ceramic tiles, and therefore the penetration of water molecules into their structure. It is definitely safer than to choose frost resistant tiles, that will not be affected by low temperatures, humidity or direct contact with water.
- Anti-slip properties– ceramic tiles for hall should be slip resistant. The symbols R9-R13 are used to indicate these properties. The higher the R parameter, the better the slip resistance of tiles.
- Rectification– it is advisable to buy rectified tiles for the hall, the edges of which are cut at a right angle, and therefore they can be laid with minimal joints (you can read more about rectified tiles here). This, in turn, makes it easier to keep the tiles clean because less dirt collects in narrow joints.
- Mouldings– a practical solution is to finish the walls with mouldings of the same collection just above the floor. In such a heavily-exploited place as the lobby, the ceramic mouldings work very well. Making it easier to wash the floor without worrying about leaving wet traces on a wooden moulding or on a painted wall.
Colours – the appearance is also important
For practical reasons, tiles in bright colour tones are recommended for the hall. On such tiles, dirt, traces of water or sand are less visible. It is a matter of taste, though, and as long as the tiles are characterised by most of the aforementioned parameters, they will be suitable for the hall whatever the colour scheme.