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Guide to Gauged Porcelain Tile Countertops 

We expect a lot from our kitchen and bathroom countertops: They must be able to meet numerous functional demands while also looking great. It’s a tall order, and it makes finding the right countertop material an important decision. Gauged porcelain tile panels/slabs for countertops are extra large porcelain tiles that are growing in popularity as a stylish countertop material. Keep reading to learn why gauged porcelain tile is inspiring beautiful new room designs. We’ll cover the health, safety, and easy maintenance advantages of gauged porcelain tile countertops plus all the beautiful styles that are winning our hearts. Read More

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More than 50 ceramic companies from the Spanish delegation showcased their latest collections and cutting-edge products at Coverings 2024, North America’s premier international tile and stone exhibition and conference. Held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA from April 22 – 25, 2024, this year’s fair emphasized Spain’s position at the forefront of innovation in the industry. Here is a highlight of key trends from Spain that underscore the macro-diversity of new and emerging ceramics. Read More

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Climate Change Projected to Reverse Migration

For the past 50 to 75 years, national migration trends have favored mobility from the Frostbelt to the Sunbelt. Recent research projects that in the coming decades, climate change will dramatically change where people choose to live. Read More

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Coverings Ushers in Future Tile Colors

At Coverings 2024 held here, tile and stone showcased soft biophilic colors that not only mimicked nature, but enhanced it, while concrete looks outstripped previously popular marble looks. Furthermore, natural blues, green, and sands and warm terracotta neutrals and earthborn tones dominated the color palette, enriched by a variety of textures. Read More

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What is Ceramic Tile Made Of?

Ceramic tile is composed of a range of naturally-occurring minerals found in abundance all over the world. Each ingredient of ceramic tile has a unique technical property and undergoes robust testing by a raw material supplier to ensure a high level of quality for the long-lasting performance of the fired, finished product. Ceramic tile is most commonly composed of Ball Clay, Feldspar, Kaolin, and Bentonite. Experts at Imerys, a global provider of mineral-based products, have helped us define these ingredients: Read More

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Domestic Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Seek Tariffs on Dumped & Subsidized Indian Imports

Today, U.S. ceramic tile manufacturers, representing over 90% of all U.S. ceramic tile manufacturing are filing anti-dumping and countervailing duty petitions with the federal government seeking the imposition of substantial tariffs on imports of ceramic tile from India to remedy unfairly low-priced imports that have injured domestic manufacturers and flooded the market with uncertified porcelain tiles. Read More

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The Lessons From Failure

But as most of you know, the most unhappy customers are the greatest source of learning about your employees, business policies and general operations. So here’s a thought: Attend a training session on “Worst Practices.” We don’t know of any such training but there should be. This is negativity in a very positive way. Kinda. Read More

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2024 Tile Trends: Set in Stone

Stone look ceramic tile trends draw inspiration from the magnificent beauty of the earth’s geological past. Masterpieces of nature like limestone, bluestone, and slate are represented with such precision in characteristics like veining, coal lines, and visible fossils. Stone looks have secured a spot in our trend discussions before and we’re expecting a strong resurgence this year. So, it comes as no surprise that stone looks appear in our countdown to Coverings 2024. This trend showcases the evolution of stone look tiles. Read More

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How to Avoid Failures on Balcony and Roof Deck Tile Installations

Many projects encountered by tile installers involve water management where the only requirement is to direct the water to where it belongs. Unfortunately, when water is not managed appropriately, the results are less than stellar and almost always result in failure. Read More