There are so many different tile types and terms out in the market – rectified, pressed edge, ceramic. Finding the correct type for application seems like an endless task. Let’s get to the bottom of these tricky terms.
Brick Lay: a pattern setting the tiles to be staggered – similar to a brick wall, you may also call this a running brick bond. Any tile type may be set in brick lay.
Bullnose: rounded edge – usually a common finish to pool edge tiles.
Ceramic Tile: a grade / composition of tile – usually glazed. Suited to floor and wall applications.
Epoxy: a resin finish – sometimes utilised in garages.
Mitered edge: the act of cutting a tile on an angle to suit a particular space.
Mortar: material used to bond tiles to the substrate surface.
Mosaic: smaller tiles – usually on mesh backing – made of ceramic, porcelain, marble, slate, glass or metal.
Porcelain Tile: a very durable tile – either glazed or un-glazed. Generally more expensive than ceramic tiles.
Pressed Edge: during the manufacturing process, the clay is ‘pressed’ or formed to create the tile shape.
Rectified Tile: this may take the form of a ceramic or porcelain tile – however always in the higher price range. The tiles comprise of precisely ground and machined edges, creating near perfect square edges.
Grout Edge: dependent on the type of tile you select – the grout edge may vary. On a pressed edge, a normal grout line will be from 3-5mm. On a rectified edge, a normal grout line will vary from 1-3mm.
As part of our design service, we do offer advice and help to step you through all of the selections – so you can be guaranteed the finished result you were dreaming of. Visit our Gallery Page for more tiling examples.