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Before Shopping For Your Backsplash

See this video from one of our suppliers as they tell how to prepare to shop for your kitchen backsplash.

Saint-Gaudens How To Tips: Kitchen Tile Backsplash Design

PEI Wear Rating

PEI Class 1 Rating (No foot traffic) – Recommended for wall use in residential and commercial applications only.

PEI Class 2 Rating (Light traffic) – Recommended for both wall use and bathroom floor applications only.

PEI Class 3 Rating (Light to moderate traffic) – Recommended for countertops, walls and floors where normal foot traffic is expected.

PEI Class 4 Rating (Moderate to heavy traffic) – Recommended for all residential applications as well as medium commercial and light institutional.

PEI Class 5 Rating (Heavy to extra heavy traffic) – Recommended for all residential as well as heavy commercial and institutional applications.

Shade Variation Index

Shade Variation Chart

V1 = Uniform Appearance – Differences among pieces from the same production run are minimal.

V2 = Slight Variation – Clearly distinguishable differences in texture and/or pattern within similar colors.

V3 = Moderate Variation – While the colors and/or textures present on a single piece of tile will be indicative of the colors and/or textures to be expected on the other tiles, the amount of colors and/or texture on each piece may vary significantly.

V4 = Substantial Variation – Random color and/or texture differences from tile to tile, so that one tile may have totally different colors and/or texture from that on other tiles. Thus, the final installation will be unique.

Slip Resistance

Slip Resistant – Coefficient of friction (COF) is 0.60 or greater (wet). Meets or exceeds general safety and health regulations, ADA and OSHA requirements. Would be suitable for foot traffic.


Conditionally Slip Resistant – Coefficient of friction is 0.50 to 0.59 (wet). Meets or exceed general safety and health regulations and OSHA requirements. Probably suitable for foot traffic.

Questionable – Coefficient of friction less than 0.50. Probably not suitable for foot traffic.