Commercial tiles are tiles that are laid in commercial establishments. In addition to the usual criteria for tiles, they must of course also correspond to the commercial purpose of the company. Commercial object tiles must therefore be able to do a little more than just look pretty.
What requirements do commercial object tiles have to meet?
Floor tiles have to withstand greater loads than wall tiles. Many people go in and out of every commercial enterprise every day. This means that the stress is considerably higher than in a single-family house.
The general requirements for commercial tiles include:
- High load-bearing capacity
- High general load-bearing capacity
- Water resistance
- Enormous breaking strength
- Good durability
- Attractive appearance
- Easy handling and cleaning
In the sanitary areas of the offices, normal tiles, which are also used in single-family houses, can of course be used. be used. If it is a hotel, a restaurant or an authority, these are also used more than usual. In a public swimming pool, floor and wall tiles have to withstand a lot more than usual. The stress lies in the daily load capacity, impact and scratching stress as well as increased risk of breakage. In addition, they must of course meet the criteria for wet rooms and not fall out of the pool immediately after the first water fountain. In halls and halls (authorities, offices, schools, etc.) the commercial object tiles do not have to be waterproof, but they do have to be more stable and robust. In outdoor areas, tiles are also often laid here. These are mostly robust natural stones that are very durable.
What types of tiles are available?
Earthenware tiles are glazed and are primarily used to make them look good. These are good for the wall. Stoneware tiles are offered both unglazed and glazed and laid outdoors. Stoneware tiles are used as commercial object tiles on terraces, balconies and in hall entrances. Porcelain stoneware is laid in the company kitchen. Terracotta tiles stand out because of their red color, are unglazed and very robust. They are also more likely to be installed outdoors, especially in garden centers or hardware stores. Terracotta is a specialty from Italy that is particularly popular on terraces and balconies. They set highlights in offices and entrance areas of hotels, law firms, etc. Glass tiles are mainly used for decoration and to set accents. The resilience, however, is enormous.
What should you look out for when buying?Is the outside or inside affected? Natural stone tiles, terracotta tiles and stone tiles are suitable for outdoor use. Stoneware tiles, glass tiles and earthenware tiles for indoor use. How high is the stress on this area from visitors, clients and heavy loads that are transported or parked on it every day? What is the use of this area? Is it only walked on or is work done and things moved? Will the work be carried out in motion or in one place on the surface? Then the load capacity depends on which the tiles should be selected. If it is only about the appearance or about rooms that are rarely used, the selection should be made in the same way as for the private sector (office, toilets in service operations without a hotel or gastronomy). A law office is less frequented by visitors than a pediatrician.
Technical details as a decision-making aidThe state-of-the-art solution is rectified tiles. The edges are worked in such a way that narrow joints are created when laying. This results in a flat floor appearance. Modular tile series make it possible for wall tiles to match the respective floor tiles. For hotel and catering commercial object tiles, it is essential to find matching mosaics and decors for the tiles. These are often found in the form of glass tiles and are excellent as a wall finish, as a deposition of patterns or as an optical structure.
The surface is of course also decisive. In the commercial sector in particular, it is important that the surface is level. Should an existing floor be tiled? If old tiles are to be renewed, it is relatively easy. Then these are removed, the floor cleaned, repaired and the new commercial object tiles laid on it. If there is no suitable subsurface, it must be built up. The construction height determines the thickness of the floor tiles.