I searched EVERYWHERE for Victorian hex tiles of this quality! What makes these especially beautiful is that they are also VERY durable! During my "due diligence investigation" I learned that tiles have a very important rating that folks should consider before making a purchase - it is called the PEI ratings [Porcelain Enamel Institute abrasion test]. The PEI scale tests the resilience of the tile surface in relation to what that tile can endure - reputable tiles manufacturers will include PEI ratings on their products. Tiles are ranked on a scale from 1-5. A PEI rating of 1 indicates that the tile is best suited for light traffic areas or better suited on walls since they tend to be less durable whereas a PEI of 5 indicates that the tile can endure high traffic industrial activity. I discovered that most Victorian hex tiles [especially those with the gloss shine] have a PEI rating of 2 [recommended for soft soled shoes with "very small amounts of scratching dirt." ] Because I have kids who often bring entire sandboxes into the house I knew the PEI 2 would not be a good choice for our family - since I do not want to get in the habit of having to replace small scratched tiles. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I found these tiles that have a PEI rating of 4 [medium commercial and light institutional use]. Proved to be the perfect choice for my old Victorian home and a bunch of active children!
I did lots of research on hex tiles for my Victorian home-exact same tile- half the price. Shipping was free and fast!
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Perfect
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Great
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Spot-on
The tile is gorgeous but out of the 4 boxes I ordered, one had chips in the tile on all 10 sheets and one was badly spaced on the mesh, the tiles were touching in places, as well as some chips. Each mesh sheet was individually shrink wrapped onto a cardboard backer, but the rest of the packaging varied. Each box of 10 was shipped separately. 3 of the boxes had only the 10 shrink-wrapped pieces plus a couple pieces of bubble wrap in them, and was somewhat loose in the box. The badly-spaced box was actually shipped inside another retail-packaging box like you'd see in stores. Clearly these are coming from all different lots. I couldn't discern any color or finish variation, but for a product advertised as first quality I was disappointed in the condition. Overstock customer service was very helpful in ordering replacements and providing return shipping labels for the bad boxes, but now I'm behind schedule and I have to deal with shipping back heavy boxes of tile. And who knows if the replacements will be in good shape. Crossing my fingers.