What are ceramic pressed edge tiles?

Are you planning to install ceramic tiles?

Did you know there are two varieties of ceramic tiles? Pressed edge tiles and rectified ceramic tiles.

Understanding the two types of tiles is important for the overall look and feel of your house. Here’s a handy guide on the basics of the pressed edge ceramic tiles and rectified ceramic tiles. 

Ceramic tiles

One of the most popular tile options, ceramic tiles are versatile and ideal for indoor usage. From bathroom to kitchen, they can be used anywhere throughout your home. 

How are pressed edge ceramic tiles made?

Ceramic tiles are made from clay, sand and water and baked in a kiln at very high temperature and then cooled. The tiles are baked in moulds of the desired shape (rectangle or square).

Due to this heating and cooling process, they expand and contract. This process can make the dimensions of the tiles slightly different and results in a round edge finish.

Pressed edge ceramic tiles are also known as cushion edge, round edge, soft edge or non-rectified tiles.

What are rectified edge tiles?

You might have also heard of the term “rectified edge” tiles. Unlike pressed edge tiles, they are processed further to cut the tiles into a uniform size and shape. The edges are cut at 90 degrees which allows for a tile installation with minimum grout. 

However, this style of tile can be more expensive to purchase and the installation process tends to be more involved. Your tiler needs to be highly knowledgeable and experienced for installing recifiied tiles correctly. 

Benefits of ceramic pressed edge tiles

  1. The pressed edge tiles can be installed easily even if you are doing it yourself and have limited experience.
  2. They are cheaper than rectified tiles and can often be installed at a much lower cost than rectified tiles.
  3. The grout lines are minimum 3 mm and can be used as a design element.
  4. Pressed edge tiles do not require a flat substrate and can hide irregularities in the substrate. 
  5. The grout can be utilised to create a feature and provide a traditional and softer look. 
  6. The tiles are comfortable to walk on and the grout lines will be even - as lippage in tiles is managed easily by using natural surface variant.

Are pressed edge tiles better than rectified tiles?

Both are equally good. 

Ultimately, it depends on the look you are aiming for and your budget!

When to consider pressed edge tiles?

  • You want a traditional and softer look.
  • You want to use the grout lines as a design feature.
  • You want smaller tiles.
  • The substrate is uneven.
  • You want to install the tiles yourself.

When to consider rectified tiles?

  • For a modern and cohesive design style rectified tiles would be better.
  • You want large format tiles.

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