What are encaustic tiles?

Encaustic tiles are ceramic tiles in which the pattern on the surface is not a product of the glaze but of different colors of clay. They are usually of two to as many as six colours. The pattern appears inlaid into the body of the tile. Typically they are square and less than 20 x 20cm in size. Modern ink-jet emulation of […]

How to make more profit by selling better tile adhesive.

In our disclaimer on our tile boxes it says “Ask your supplier to recommend the correct adhesive, curing time and cleaning materials.” So…when your customer asks you to recommend a suitable adhesive (and even if they don’t!) look at the tiles that they’ve selected and in your best professional voice say: “Well, these are 1st […]

What is Polished Porcelain and What is Nano?

The dense, hard surface of porcelain has made polishing a viable alternative to a glazed surface. This means that a tile can be fired, then a polished creating a shine without a glaze. However polished porcelain may need sealing, where ordinary glazed tiles do not. Unsealed porcelain can attract stubborn stains and can become brittle when […]

What are Coefficients of Expansion and why are they important?

A coefficient of expansion is a measure of how an object expands when exposed to heat or water. It’s important with tiles because unless you understand the principles and apply preventative measures when installing, tiles will expand and crack or lift causing floor failure. Tiles expand for two reasons: being heated and absorbing water. These […]