How to find the right tile flooring

Tile flooring can be challenging to choose from with the plethora of colors, patterns, and styles available. However, there are some guiding tips that you can follow. At Earl Smith Flooring, we can guide you to the right floor tile for your home.


There is the factor of hardness when it comes to considering tile. The industry uses the Moh scale of mineral hardness, which measures scratch resistance. Class 2 is favorable for light traffic, whereas heavy foot traffic requires Class 5 tile. Classes 3-4 are generally used for residential. As a rule, the amount of foot traffic depends on variables, such as if your family is large or small, or if the living room is the center of family life, or do guests only use it. Details like this can inform our staff of the exact needs of your home.


Two words that will inform you as to the porosity of the tile are vitreous and impervious. Porosity measures the density and absorption rates of tile. An impervious tile, like porcelain, is used indoors and out because it won't absorb liquid and is permanently waterproof. This is whether or not it is glazed. Vitreous tile is water-resistant but can crack with freezing conditions. Semi-vitreous and non-vitreous can be used indoors only and with dry rooms and not in the bathroom.

We can help

Earl Smith Flooring is a tile store that has been serving residential and commercial properties since 1949. For over 70 years, we have been family-owned, and we bring that 70 plus years of experience to your home or property when we handle your flooring. We offer you a comprehensive and extensive selection of flooring. Our showroom is in Atlanta Metropolitan, and we serve the areas of Smyrna, Marietta, Norcross, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Vinings, and Dallas. We can help you with your selection of floor tile. Our qualified staff is always eager and ready to help you. Please stop by our tile shop in Atlanta Metropolitan and let us help you.