Lead in Tiles: The Results of Professional Lead Testing of 64 Tiles



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This digital e-book outlines the results from a study of lead in 64 porcelain and ceramic tiles, across 14 brands, and 5 major retailers in the US. Many of the tiles will be available in Canada as well.

The tiles can be purchased from Flooring Inc, Stone Tile Depot, Build Direct, The Tile Shop, and Home Depot.

The 64 tiles were tested by a hand-held XRF analyzer and the lead results are reported down to 0.00 mg/cm2 alongside photos of the tiles.

12.5 % of the tiles contained 0.09 mg/cm2 or more lead, 3% contained 0.1 mg/cm2 or higher which is the level of lead in paint for it to be considered lead-containing paint.

While lead in tiles is not considered a risk when the tiles are in place (in almost all circumstances), the dust produced when cutting or demolishing the tiles could produce a lead risk.

While there are no official guidelines for lead in tiles, I break down the tiles into three categories and show the results for each tile:

1. Lead containing tiles (as defined by the limits outlined for paint)
2. Tiles that are, in my opinion, in the middle between trace and the limit outlined for paint
3. Tiles that tested 0.00 or contain what is, in my opinion, trace levels of lead

(Please note that legally there is no official limit on what is considered "trace". I divided them up based on a number that is legally and officially arbitrary and is only based on my opinion).

While this e-book is for informational purposes only, you may choose to take any actions you wish based on the lead testing results. Some may up their level of dust remediation based on the expected level of lead in the tile. Others may still choose to take full precautions with the dust regardless of which tile they choose. Some may choose to support the companies that tested well.

This book also points to a couple of brands that seem to be reliable in their efforts to reduce lead glaze in tiles. The tiles that test positive also have a pattern.

The e-booklet is in a downloadable PDF format and is 24 pages long.

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Corinne Segura

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17 reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars

I appreciate the effort but I consider donating to this effort but this book wasn't helpful as we couldn't make the tiles work or find them. But so worth it to support this person for putting effort in this space.

Reshma Ananth 04 Aug, 2022

4 out of 5 stars

I appreciate the work that was put in it, however the tile choices were very strange. None that are neutral or regular tile. Also, as the previous reviewer posted half of the tiles that did look somewhat decent were discontinued. So there was no value for me from this guide. Also the description states that there would be "safer" brands mentioned and I didn't see that information

Olga 27 Jul, 2022

3 out of 5 stars

Over half the tiles state that they have been discontinued when you click on them. While I do appreciate the hard work that's been done to create this e-book, I'm a little disappointing that I spent the money on it.

Michele Vogiatzis 06 Jul, 2022

5 out of 5 stars

Bear Hartman 28 Mar, 2022