A rectified tile is defined as a tile that has had all edges mechanically finished to achieve a more precise facial dimension. Rectified tile is ever increasing in popularity. Most popular are the larger size formats often used in conjunction with smaller modular sizes to create patterns.
Rectified tile is also selected for its ability to allow tighter grout joint spacing. From a homeowner or other end user perspective this seems a very desirable product attribute, one they are willing to pay a little extra for. In the sales and selection process what often fails to get any consideration, and therefore no additional compensation, is the increased challenge that the installer faces in achieving those goals. Large tile combined with minimal grout joints creates a host of installation issues and this article both explores and explains some forthcoming changes as well as challenges in achieving an aesthetically pleasing and correctly installed rectified tile product. Some parts of this article are going to be a little rougher reading than most. As you will see, with the proliferation of tile types, sizes and tolerances, the tile professional will be soon be using their calculator for more than totaling up a sale or estimate.