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What’s the Difference Between Wall and Floor Tile?

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At D&B Tile, we sell plenty of porcelain tile in Miami. That means we’ve encountered practically every tile-related question you could think of. In today’s blog, we want to discuss some of the differences between wall tile and floor tile, which include: 

  • Durability
  • Friction
  • Ease of Installation
  • Pricing
  • Installation 

We hope this helps you find the tile of your dreams. 

Blue room with Porcelain Tile Miami

Can Floor Tile Be Used on Walls?

Yes, you can use floor tiles on your walls. Floor tiles and wall tiles are mainly distinguished by the level of durability they have and how much friction they cause. 

If you’re looking at porcelain tiles, this durability rating is called PEI because it comes from the Porcelain Enamel Institute. The Ceramic Tile Institute rates the COF (coefficient of friction). 

Wall tiles aren’t held to the same standards of durability or friction as floors because they don’t go through the same wear –and tear. Therefore, you can put floor tiles on your wall without problem, but you should not put wall tiles on the floor. 

Do Wall Tiles Last as Long as Floor Tiles?

If porcelain floor tiles are designed to be more durable, you may be wondering if they last longer than wall tiles. If you accidentally used wall tiles as floor tiles, this would be the case. However, wall tiles are designed to last for a very long time if used properly. 

This means that you’re less likely to need to replace either. 

Is Wall Tile More Expensive Than Floor Tile?

The cost can range widely for both floor tiles and wall tiles, depending on what you want. That said, when looking at the averages, wall tiles and floor tiles are priced similarly. 

While you might expect floor tiles to cost more because of their durability, wall tiles typically have more decoration and design features, which ends up evening out the price for both kinds of tile. 

Is It Easier to Tile Walls or Floors First?

You can tile either the walls or the floors first, and which you choose may depend on your own personal taste. That said, it’s generally easier to tile the walls first, since you don’t have to worry about the floor getting dirty during the installation process. 

Some people prefer to tile floors before walls, since this way you can cover the cuts where the floor tiles meet the wall. 

Others choose the best of both worlds, tiling all but the bottom row of wall tiles first, then tiling the floor, and then finally adding in that last row of tile. Whether this is the easiest method will depend largely on the size and pattern of tile you’re using. 

Yellow room with Porcelain Tile Miami

Looking for Porcelain Tile in Miami?

You’ve come to the right place. At D&B Tile, we’re committed to helping people get the tile they need to beautify their home or place of business. 

Whether you have any questions about what we can do for you or would simply like to speak with experts about your tile needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us today.

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