Glossary of Terms

The purpose of this glossary is to help you understand the attributes of the tile products in the catalogues.

Wall/Floor

This is the manufacturers recommendation on where to apply the tile.

Honed

A 'natural' or 'dull' surface finish given to the tile by the process of polshing.

Polished

This is a 'shiny' surface finish given to the tile by the process of buffing.

Tumbled

An 'antique' or 'weathered' effect applied to a tile, through the process of tumbling the tile piece with abrasive materials.

Filled

Pits and holes in the face of the tile material are filled-in with resin to create a smoother surface.

Glazing

This is a late process of adding a protective material to a tile. A glazed tile can have either a matt or gloss sheen.

Matt

The 'dull' sheen effect of a glazed tile.

Gloss

The 'shiny' sheen effect of a glazed tile.

Decor

Any decorative pattern, texture or insert applied to a tile.

Listello

An ornamentive border strip applied to a wall tile.

Listone

An ornamental border strip applied to a floor tile.

Champfer

This is the slight bevelled edge applied to the sides of a tiles. Also referred to as bevel.

Rectified

This is the precise grind of the side edges of a tile, to ensure exact side dimensions.

HD Digital

A high-definition digital print has been applied to the surface of a tile.

Anti-Slip (AS)

A tile surface with a higher than normal level of friction, reducing the likelihood of a slip. Abrasive material may be added or a pattern grooved into the surface.