Jargon-busting some tiling terms
Brick bond fixing
Also known as a Broken Joint this is a term to describe the fixing of tiles in a landscape arrangement with a staggered joint.
This image shows Maxima Rectified Porcelain wall tiles
This image shows Astral Gloss Marble Ceramic wall tiles
An expansion or movement joint
This is an additional joint space provided to allow for the movement of tiles after having been fixed. These joints should be placed every ten linear metres or any area where there is an existing floor joint in the substrate. Expansion joints are available in differents depths and colourways. Find out more about expansion joints from our supplier Schluter by clicking here
This image shows an expansion joint used within a fixed porcelain floor.
This image shows a close up of a stainless steel expansion joint with a grey insert.
A rectified tile has been mechanically finished on all edges to create a straight edge at right angles to the surface of the tile. This type of edge diminishes the appearance of the grout. It is particularly useful on a tile which has an appearance of stone to create a nearly "seamless" finish.
This image shows Royale Rectified Porcelain floor tiles with a narrow grout joint.
This image shows a close up of the Chic Vogue Rectified floor tile.
This is an exaggerately rounded edge on a tile.
This image shows Tivoli Almond Modular Porcelain floor tiles
This image shows a close up of a cushioned edge. The product is the Tivoli Beige Modular Porcelain floor tile
Honed and filled
Honing is where the surface of the tile is ground down to a flat finish. It is done on travertine tiles which contain natural voids. These are filled with an epoxy resin to create a smooth finish.
This image shows Lydia Classico Honed & Filled Natural Travertine
This image shows a close up of Lydia Classico Honed & Filled Natural Travertine