When you are shopping for ceramic or porcelain floor tiles or wall tiles you will have a number of choices. One of those choices will be whether to get a pressed edge tile or rectified tile. Your decision on which type of tile to select will depend on the type of look that you are seeking for your tiled space.
What is a rectified Tile?
Rectified tiles are mechanically trimmed during manufacturing, generally with a watered diamond blade allowing for smaller grout joints. The tiles are generally baked at a larger size than the final size and then precisely cut down to size. This leaves you with a more precise and uniform size among all the tiles in the one lot.
Rectified Tiles will have the appearance of being far straighter and square than other tiles.
Rectified Tiles allow users to create finer grout joints which gives a seamless look to the floor, making them easier to clean and maintain.
How are rectified tiles made?
They are called 'rectified' tiles because that is what the process actually does at the manufacturing tile factory - it rectifies their sizes.
The baking process or firing process for ceramic tiles never provides an exact or predictable result, it is similar to over baking cookie dough. This applies to even when the tiles go into a kiln all looking exactly the same, the way the moisture changes in an oven, or any slight variations invisible to the eye can change the way tiles bake. This means when the firing process is complete, ceramic and porcelain tiles will always come out with tiny variations in terms of their shapes and sizes.
The rectification process cuts tiles down to an exact size, ensuring that the grinding or cutting process with a diamond saw makes the tiles all precisely the same size. This provides a more uniform size, smaller grout joints and cleaner look for rectified tiles.
Why get a rectified tile?
Rectified tiles are all even and uniform in size, this means that you can lay the rectified tiles with the smallest grout joints permitted by building standards. Small grout joints mean a more seamless look, less maintenance and an overally better design. This is particularly so if the grout colour can be matched perfectly to the design and texture of the rectified tile.
Because rectified tiles are very carefully produced, designers can achieve a very clean, even and symmetrical look using rectified wall tiles or floor tiles.
The tile industry is moving towards only providing rectified tiles. There are less and less pressed edge, rolled edge and other forms of tiles on the market. This is due to the demand by customers, designers and architects for rectified tiles because of their inherent seamless aesthetics and precise measurements. Everyone loves receiving what they see and want comfort in knowing that their tiles will be the exact size that they ordered. Rectified Tiles are a huge step towards achieving this.
Visit the Nerang Tiles Gold Coast Tile Showroom to see one of the largest ranges of rectified floor tiles and wall tiles on offer in Australia.