Glossary of tiling terms


Here at Tiles 2 Go, we are Preston’s leading tiling experts. As a result, we understand how overwhelming and daunting it can be to understand complicated tiling terms. Especially for first time tiling projects. That’s why we have produced this glossary of tiling terms.

Tiling Terms

glossary of tiling terms

Rectified Tile

A rectified tile has a symmetrical appearance that is also clean and neat. This is down to the way that they are created. Rectified tiles can be either ceramic or porcelain, but they are manufactured in a way that makes sure the edges are perfectly straight and linear.

A full-bodied tile

A full bodied tile is one that is not glazed at all. That means it does not have a layer of glass across the top. Instead the full body of the tile is just ceramic or porcelain. As a result, if you chip the top off a full-bodied tile, the damage will not be as noticeable.

Crackle Glaze

One of the more popular tiling terms is crackle glaze. But what exactly does this mean? Well, a crackle glaze tile has undergone crazing. This causes cracks to appear in the glaze creating an incredibly desirable effect. However, if you want to use these in the kitchen or the bathroom, you should seal them to make sure they are water-poof.

Glazed porcelain

This is a tiling type made from porcelain and it is coated in a layer of liquid glass. These are more resistant to staining than unglazed porcelain, but if they are chipped, the gap in the glaze will be obvious.

Polished finish

For unglazed porcelain and stone effect tiles, a mechanically polished tile is known as having a polished finish. These are flat with a shiny top, that can be quite slippy. As a result, they are better suited to walls rather than floors.

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