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The following General Usage Guidelines highlight those floor application types that we generally considered to be appropriate for designated product lines. However, every installation is unique and requires careful consideration of the specific requirements for that particular project. For specific determinations as to the suitability of specific products for your application, please consult an experienced tile installer, design professional or the TCNA handbook. Ultimately it is the responsibility of the project manager to choose the most appropriate product for each project based on need and traffic. Not all projects are the same.
Products designated as “Residential” are generally considered appropriate for use in residential (non-commercial) floor areas that are subject to normal foot traffic, including kitchens, bathrooms, living areas and other residential environments. In heavy-traffic areas, products with GLOSSY/POLISHED/TOUCH finishes are not recommended.
Products designated as “Light Commercial” are generally considered appropriate for use in commercial floor areas that are subject to considerable foot traffic greater than residential applications, including offices, waiting rooms, retail shops, public bathrooms, apartment building common areas, restaurant dining rooms, car showrooms, bars, cinemas, medical clinics, hotel rooms and bathrooms. In heavy-traffic areas, products with GLOSSY/POLISHED/TOUCH finishes are not recommended.
Products designated as “Heavy Commercial” are generally considered appropriate for use in commercial floor areas that are subject to extensive foot traffic, including shopping center common areas, hotel lobbies, fast food restaurants, dance clubs, hospitals, schools, museums, houses of worship, airports, train and bus stations and other interior applications where heavy traffic is anticipated.