Rectified Tiles

Rectified Tiles – Learn More About Rectified Tiles

The word “rectify” in itself conveys the thought of making something right or refining something. Thus, rectified tiles are those that have been mechanically finished on all sides after the firing process to make sure they are all precisely uniform in size or truly square. When tiles are cut prior to firing and then baked, as is usually done, there is more room for slight discrepancies in the tile size due to shrinking during the firing process.

The rectification process is many times used for larger tiles and sometimes when large and small tiles are used together in a pattern.

When rectified tiles are used in home décor it makes the gives the room a more modern edge. Rectified tiles are also called “sharp edge” tiles.

Tiles that are non-rectified are also known as “cushioned edge”, “non-rectified edge”, “soft edge”, and “pillow edge”. As can be imagined from the names, these types of porcelain tiles soften the look of a room.

The modern look created by rectified tiles is due to the fact that you can place the tiles much closer together at minimum spacing which is 1.5mm. This tighter joint space means that the grout lines are less visible, and even the amount of grout used throughout the installation is much less.

When wider grout joints are used, the grout is no longer merely used to keep the tiles in place but it actually becomes part of the décor. Moreover, if the grout does not fit in with the overall scheme it can greatly reduce the aesthetic appeal of the design. Another factor is that if the grout becomes stained, dirty, or discolored, this too will detract from your design.

However, rectified tiles will generally cost a bit more. This is because of the extra step of cutting the tiles down to size.

Visit our TFO Sydney showroom and see our wide range of tiles at the best prices possible or visit our TFO online tile store today.

4 comments… add one
  • Sandra July 30, 2016, 5:10 pm

    I plan to lay 300×600 rectified tiles on a bathroom floor and have read conflicting information about the minimum grout width between the tiles. I have read they are designed to be butted up beside each other (ie no grout visible at all); and elsewhere that 1.5mm is the minimum; but still elsewhere that 1.5mm is the minimum on walls but 3mm is the minimum for floors. So, I’m confused. Can you please confirm what is correct. Thanks.

    • The Guys at TFO August 9, 2016, 12:53 pm

      Hi there. A 1.5mm grout joint is a must for rectified tiles, but if the surface is not flat, to allow for drainage, the tiler may require a larger joint.

  • Claire January 10, 2016, 12:14 pm

    Please could you recommend an outdoor 600 by 600 tile which we can lay on a concrete ebd, that looks like polished concrete.
    Thank you, Claire

    • The Guys at TFO January 12, 2016, 9:12 pm

      – Hi, we have many different looks and designs that are in a concrete look for outdoors.
      We recommend that you come into the store to view our full range.

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