What is a PEI rating?
You may also have seen a rating called PEI. This is a measurement carried out to standards set by the Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) carried out by machines that mimic different levels of footfall and traffic. The tile’s resistance to abrasion is then rated from 1-5.
PEI 0 – Wall tiles only
Tiles with this rating are only suitable for use on walls and kept high and dry.
PEI 1 – Light Footfall
These tiles can be used on walls and worktops, along with floors that don’t have a frequent footfall, such as bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. And ideally, you’d only wear softer footwear such as slippers.
PEI 2 – Moderate Footfall
PEI 2 tiles can be used in less busy areas of the home, such as bathrooms.
PEI 3 – Regular Footfall
These tiles can be used throughout the home including busy areas such as hallways, living spaces and kitchens.
PEI 4 – Intense Footfall
The tiles are suitable for use throughout the home and also in ‘light’ commercial areas such as offices, bars or restaurants.
PEI 5 – Heavy Footfall
These are very tough tiles, so they can withstand the high footfall of busy public areas such as airports and shopping centres.
Just to note: the PEI rating does not take into consideration the thickness of the tile. Don’t assume that a tile is harder wearing because it is thicker – check the PEI rating for durability.
We hope that this post has helped to explain anti-slip tile ratings and grades. If you need more expert advice on which anti-slip rating is best suited for the different areas of your home, get in touch and our team would be happy to help you find the perfect fit.