Many installers have had customers who have seen a tile installation in a magazine or brochure, which is exactly what they want in their homes. Unfortunately, the look they want to achieve may not be possible using the tile that has been selected.
Depending on the type of tile selected and its dimensional sizing, if tested to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) specifications, it may be contained in the A137.1 document for the production of ceramic tile products. Under A137.1, tiles fall under one of three categories: natural tiles, which are packaged directly after manufacturing and are not sorted by size; calibrated tiles, which are sorted after production to meet a specific range of size; and rectified tiles, which are taken from the production line and mechanically finished. This process grinds the edges of the tile to achieve a more precise facial dimension. The grinding makes the sides parallel to each other and sized to a specific dimension, such as a large format plank tile, as seen in the attached photo.