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Gauged porcelain tile is porcelain tile produced to a specific thickness. Traditional porcelain tile is usually in the 8–10 mm range of thickness while gauged porcelain tile can be as thin as 3.5 mm. Gauged porcelain pavers can reach 2 cm and thicker. This added thickness, combined with the durability and low maintenance of porcelain, makes gauged porcelain pavers well-suited for a variety of outdoor applications. Read More

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Mohawk Advised to Discontinue ‘Misleading’ RevWood Product Claims

The National Advertising Division (NAD) is recommending Mohawk discontinue two “misleading” claims regarding the promotion of its RevWood laminate flooring product. The claims include, “Wood Without Compromise” and “The Perfect Wood for Your Home.” Read More

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79 Floor Tile Patterns: Find the Perfect Tile Layout for Any Space

Ceramic floor tile can help visually expand narrow rooms, elongate wide rooms, and even hide a room’s imperfections if you simply use the right installation pattern. Ceramic floor tile also offers wide versatility in how your floor is installed, — creative choices not possible with other flooring materials. Read More

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CERAMICS INSPIRATIONS: MIX AND MATCH TILES

There are numerous possible combinations of ceramic tile that can help you to discover the decorative style that best suits your home. Continue reading to explore five different ceramic combinations: Read More

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FAUX STONE VS. NATURAL STONE VENEER: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

Welcome to the enchanting realm of stone veneers! It’s here where the art of aesthetics and the charm of functionality merge to redefine home design. Whether it’s an alluring stone fireplace, an exquisite accent wall, or a rustic stone cladding that you envision, deciding between a faux stone veneer and natural stone veneer can often seem like a conundrum. But fear not! We’re here to uncover the secrets and help you make an informed choice. Read More

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What Is the Average Size of a Tile? When it comes to size, tile knows no limits: Tiles come in sizes ranging from mosaic tiles measuring less than nine inches squared to expansive gauged porcelain panels/slabs. That means no standard size of a tile exists, although specific ceramic tile sizes have trended over the years. In general, tiles have gotten bigger over time, with the largest options now measuring up to 10 by 15 feet. How Tile Size Can Influence Your Space Read More

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The official term for thin tile is gauged porcelain tile (GPT). These thin porcelain tiles can be manufactured in panels/slabs (GPTPS) that measure up to 10 x 15 feet, making them perfect to show off unique designs and looks that are mostly uninterrupted by grout lines. There are two categories of GPT and GPTPS, 3.5-4.9mm thick and 5.0-6.5mm thick. Both are defined by the industry standard ANSI A137.3. Because of their reduced thickness, gauged porcelain tiles are also lighter than traditional thickness tile, typically less than 4 lbs/ft2. The unique combination of large size and thin depth — plus porcelain’s inherent strength and durability — make ultra thin tile uniquely suited for a wide range of residential and commercial projects. Read More

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There’s Nowhere to Go but Up With Vertical Tiles

Simply put, vertical tile is tile that’s laid vertically rather than horizontally. Vertical tile layouts have been trending, initially as a creative use for subway tile. Laying subway tile vertically is more than a new approach to the classic look. It also draws the eye upward to create the illusion of higher ceilings. All sorts of shapes can work in a vertical layout. If a tile is laid vertically, you can consider it a vertical tile — whatever the tile shape. Pro Tip: Vertical rectangle tiles that are not staggered are often referred to as vertical tile grids. Read More

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CERAMICS INSPIRATIONS: MIX AND MATCH TILES

Ceramics possess distinctive properties that allow it to become an enduring and versatile cladding material. Exceptional in both quality and design, Spanish manufacturers offer collections in a variety of finishes, colors, graphics and formats, enabling homeowners to flawlessly fuse tiles of different styles in the same space. There are numerous possible combinations of ceramic tile that can help you to discover the decorative style that best suits your home. Continue reading to explore five different ceramic combinations: Read More

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Tile 101 with Atelier Interior Design

Decorative Materials Design Consultant, Monica Lozano, recently had the opportunity to chat with Denver design powerhouse, Atelier Interior Design, on their expert use of our products. The award-winning design firm, headed by Katie Schroder, is known for one-of-a-kind aesthetics driven by vibrant color, pattern and culture. Katie and her team never cease to amaze us with their creativity and ingenuity when it comes to using tile and stone in their designs. It's always a delight when the Atelier team comes into the showroom because we know they don't shy away from the playful products to create something fabulous! Read More