Tile Glossary

Brushed Finish: Tiles with a brushed finish have a worn-down look achieved by brushing the surface of the tile to simulate natural wear over time.

Glazed: Glazed tiles are coated with glass-forming minerals and offer high stain and water resistance. Glazed tiles have a hard non-porous, impermeable surface after firing. They can have a matt, semi-gloss or high-gloss finish. These tiles do not require sealing.

Exterior Finish: An undulating, textured finish that provides low-slip qualities, and can resemble natural rock. They are normally used for external areas and places that need extra traction (wet areas, for example).

Inkjet Printing Technology: Latest method of manufacturing tiles that allow for diversified designs on tiles so that no two tiles look the same. In this way, natural stone tiles can be replicated realistically.

Matt Finish: Matt tiles are smooth and flat and create a more informal and softer look. This is created by stopping short of the last stage of polishing. A matt finish shows fewer scratches, and requires very little maintenance.

Polished Finish: These porcelain tiles are shiny, flat and reflective, obtained by polishing the surface with an abrasive wheel until it shines. They are easy to keep clean and are popular for living, dining and bedroom applications.

Rectified Tile: Unlike a typical factory-edged tile, a rectified tile has been cut to exact size after the firing process. This process creates a precise edge and, as a result, can be laid with a narrower grout joint than unrectified tiles. This gives a smoother, more sophisticated and continuous look to the room overall.

Lappato (Semi-Polished) Finish: Semi-polished, also known as "Lappato" finish, is achieved by polishing the tile's surface with an abrasive wheel but not long enough to attain the luster of a typical polished tile.

Shade Variation: Recent advances in technology have allowed for increased flexibility in colour variation between tiles. A scale has been introduced to communciate the degree of variation intended.
V1: Uniform Appearance - Minimal differences among tiles from the same production run.
V2: Slight Variation - Clearly distinguishable differences in texture/pattern with similar colours.
V3: Moderate Variation - While colours present on a single tile is indicative of the colours expected on the other tiles, the amount of colours will vary significantly.
V4: Substantial Variation - Random colour differences between tiles so one tile may have totally different colours from that on other tiles.

shade variations

Slim Tiles: Unlike regular tiles which are commonly 9-11mm thick, slim tiles are only 4-5mm thick, but have comparable strength. This makes them ideal for renovations as they can be laid on top of existing tiles, saving on demolition costs.