Ceramic Tiles

The section below provides an information resource covering the care, use and installation of ceramic tiles. From manufacturing methods and tolerances to terminology and commonly encountered  issues, you’ll find  the answers to your questions in the articles below.

Manufacturing Tolerances for Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic Tiles are generally manufactured to conform to the European Agreed Standard, of which the English language version is BS-6431 or the newer ISO/DIS 10545. Both specifications use the water absorption characteristic to define product type, as water absorption is a commonly related item for all tiles, whether wall, floor,  pressed, extruded, glazed or unglazed.... View Article

Installation of Large Format & Rectified Tiles

INSTALLING LARGE FORMAT CERAMIC TILES Modern manufacturing techniques have allowed the production of large format porcelain tiles with a high degree of accuracy in size and shape. This has enabled tiles to very effectively mimic the appearance of other materials such as large stone slabs and timber planks. Such products provide the benefits of porcelain... View Article

Tile Glossary

Abrasion resistance Is the degree to which a floor tile’s surface will withstand friction (the wear of foot traffic; resistance is determined by abrasion tests. (AS 4459-7) classifies tiles from Group 1 (suitable for light residential traffic) to Group 5 (suitable for commercial traffic). Absorption The quantity of water a tile can absorb expressed as... View Article