Shopping for tiles can be challenging indeed and an endurance test. The many options of materials, colors, and patterns besides sizes require a lot of thinking. Within porcelain tiles alone, so many choices are available and two pieces are never alike. When the tiles undergo the baking process in the kiln, shrinkage, and warping create those minute changes.

Once you decide upon the size and the style along with the design and colors, choices may be easier. Try to gain a better understanding of those two predominant tile varieties, the rectified and the non-rectified.

Rectified Porcelain Tile like Brown Salvage Porcelain

The edges of rectified tiles are evenly straight. Such edges are possible by grinding and smoothing, followed by shaping. The use of laser brings precise results. Beveling the edge helps to prevent the chipping of the sharp 90-degree edge. Such exacting procedures prevent differences between the pieces. The result is very flat porcelain with neat grout lines. Yet, costs are higher for rectified porcelain tiles compared to the non-rectified because of the additional procedures followed in its production.

When should you choose rectified tiles? Large installations and big format tiles call for the rectified variety. The 12×24 Glacier Porcelain white tile would be quite appropriate. Small differences between tiles would hardly be seen. Consider Glacier Dimensions Porcelain too.

Noche Onyx Porcelain presents another sumptuous option!

Another advantage is that the rectified tiles can be installed much closer together with 1.3 mm spaces between. The result is a neat and seamless appearance. The installer should be well versed with the task. The grout lines would be very thin rather than the usual 1/16″ or 3/16.” While sanded grout may be stronger, it would not be used for very thin grout lines. The unsanded grout would be better.

Non-Rectified Tiles like the White Sophie Porcelain

The difference is that the non-rectified variety has not undergone those supplementary procedures. Without rectification, the edges will not be so sharp and they feel more casual and organic. Which would meet your particular requirements? Non-rectified tiles need wider grout and thus appear more traditional installation-wise. Non-rectified tiles can hide defects like uneven spots and lap better than the rectified ones.

The differences may be minor and hardly noticed. Yet, the right choice of tile casual or modern to suit individual requirements must be carefully considered. We offer a great variety of tiles of both types. What design is preferred and the sizes and colors required would be some deciding factors. Spend some time to study the options.