Terminology of Tiles

What is a full-bodied tile?

The tile is often glazed, which means that they are covered with a layer of coloured glass. Opposite to the glazed tile is a full-bodied tile, which is the same colour and material. This means that if you split the vertex, the damage is not so obvious.

What is a rectified tile?

Rectified tiles have a clean, neat and symmetrical appearance thanks to their fabrication. They are made of porcelain or ceramic, precisely worked out and grounded to ensure the straightness of their edges.

What’s glazed porcelain?

Glazed porcelain is a type of tile made from porcelain and coated in a layer of liquid glass. These tiles are available in a variety of finishes, styles and colours; they are more resistant to staining than unglazed tiles.

What is a crackle glaze tile?

Crackle glaze tiles have been put through a the process of crazing, which causes fine cracks to appear in the glaze. Crazing happens naturally over time, but it has been commercially adopted because the effect is often appealing. Because of the cracks in the glaze, it is advised that you seal crackle glaze tiles when used in kitchens or bathrooms.

What is a matt finish tile?

Matt finish tiles are often chosen for flooring, as they are durable and have good slip resistance. Unlike polished finish or gloss tiles, they have no reflection or shine, meaning they are less prone to showing marks.

What is a polished finish tile?

A polished finish tile is typically made of unglazed porcelain or stone. It is mechanically polished, giving a flat, shiny finish. Polished finish tiles tend to be less slip resistant than matt finish tiles, making them better suited to walls rather than floors.

What is a split face tile?

These are made from strips of material – normally natural wood or stone – which has been cut to different lengths and thicknesses, giving it a textured, hand-crafted appearance.

What is a satin finish tile?

Satin finish tiles are a good midway point between matt, polished and or gloss tiles. They have a smooth, soft texture that is not overly shiny, plus they are easy to clean and maintain.

What is ‘shade variation’?

Though some people may expect a set of commercially manufactured tiles to be identical, it’s become commonplace to see variation in their shading. This is where tiles from one range display slight differences in colour and finish; it can either happen naturally or be carried out artificially to boost the aesthetic appeal.

What is adhesive?

Adhesive is used to secure tiles to a surface. This, sometimes combined with grout, are sometimes used to stick tiles to the surface and fill the gaps in between.

What is grout?

Grout is used to fill the gaps between tiles, creating a smooth, secure finish. It prevents moisture from reaching the back of the tile, allowing for tile expansion or movement.

What is meant by the biscuit of a tile?

Biscuit is a term used in reference to glazed tiles. The biscuit is the main base, over which the glass layer gets laid. Usually it’s made from either clay or porcelain.

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