Glossary of Terms

Quarry Tile

Unglazed tile that is usually six square inches or more in surface area and 1/2 to 3/4" thick. Made by the extrusion process from natural clay or shale.

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Terra Cotta Floor Tile
...hich create a more vitreous (glasslike) and hard-wearing flooring material. Keep in mind that porous tiles absorb moisture more readily and therefore stain more easily. Machine made unglazed quarry tile are manufactured by extrusion; forcing the clay through a die. Before curing and firing, the clay sometimes goes through a vacuum chamber to draw out any air bubbles. It can be difficult t...
Mexican Tile (Saltillo)
... made. So called super Saltillo have rounded edges. These dense, hand-made unglazed tiles are also made in the United States, Europe, and South America. Mexican tile differs from ceramic and quarry tile in that the proportion of ingredients in the clay are not measured. It is allowed to dry in the sun until it is firm enough to be transported to the kiln. Originally, and to some extent to...
Hard Surface Flooring
...>Ceramic tile are clay products which are formed into thin tiles and fired. Ceramic tiles are set in beds of mortar or mastic with the joints between tiles grouted. Varieties of ceramic tiles include quarry tile, porcelain, terracotta. Many different natural stones are cut into a variety of sizes, shapes, and thicknesses for use as flooring. Stone flooring is uses a similar installation me...