Tile Talk

Tile Talk December 2022 | The Great Outdoors

Published: December 27, 2022
Author: Amy Zywot-Slagen
Long considered one of the most versatile floor and wall finishes in the industry, porcelain tile continues to flourish in popularity both indoors and outdoors. From small-scale mosaics to large format panels there isn’t a design or aesthetic need that can’t be achieved. Thanks to modern advancements in material production, digital inks, improved glazes, and[...]

Tile Talk September 2022 | Tile Over Tile Installation

Published: October 3, 2022
Author: Creative Materials
Whether you are an architect, designer, contractor, developer, or owner, there are a number of reasons we have seen a huge increase in tile-over-tile applications. Luckily for our industry, improved product technology, and advancements make this once illusive practice a reality. Have a demanding construction schedule with fast-paced needs? Tile-over-tile serves this purpose, as demolition[...]

Tile Talk April 2022 | Clean Living

Published: April 26, 2022
Author: Creative Materials
As we continue to coexist in the world of COVID-19, we encounter more and more specifiers focusing on clean indoor environments for their projects. Tile can make up a large footprint as a hard finish material, so it is without coincidence we are seeing an increased interest in tile’s performance, maintenance, and cleanability. At Creative[...]

Tile Talk February 2022 | New ANSI A326.3 Product Classification Standard

Published: February 22, 2022
Author: Creative Materials
Okay, this is kind of a big deal – seriously!  For the first time in our industry’s history, the Tile Council of North America, in collaboration with the American National Standards Institute, now require tile manufacturers (as well as other hard surface flooring manufacturers) to provide “product use classifications” based on the properties of slip[...]

Tile Talk October 2021 | DCOF Refresher

Published: October 25, 2021
Author: Creative Materials
Several years ago, the Tile Council of North America announced the new standard for measuring a tile’s frictional resistance.  The DCOF Acutest (A137.1) gave more detailed guidelines on how to measure the frictional resistance of an object already in motion. This means that as an industry we could now better understand the resistance of a[...]

Tile Talk August 2021 | Top 6 Consumer Benefits of Specifying Tile

Published: August 26, 2021
Author: Creative Materials
When the title of the blog is called “Tile Talk” there’s not a whole lot of confusion as to what it could be about.  You clearly know what we’re passionate about!  Whether it’s discussing the newest and greatest installation trends, breaking down difficult design challenges, or simply taking a deep dive into gauged tile production,[...]

Tile Talk June 2021 | Qualified Gauged Labor

Published: June 24, 2021
Author: Creative Materials
The demand for gauged porcelain tile and panel (also known as GPT and GPP) has soared in recent years, with no signs of slowing down.  These unique products have been popular for almost a decade now but have been gaining even more traction in the tile industry as domestic manufacturers have entered the global market[...]

Tile Talk April 2021 | Rectified Tiles – Debunked

Published: April 27, 2021
Author: Creative Materials
There’s a small unassuming corner store near my house that has the best New York-style Egg Cream. I think it’s the best, because, I’ve never actually had the real drink – lol .Anyway, every now and then, the craving comes on strong, and the need to satisfy my uncompromising palate is unrelenting (I’ve tried making[...]

Tile Talk February 2021 | Put ‘Em To Bed

Published: February 26, 2021
Author: Creative Materials
I’ve been on a lot of jobs.  From your basic unassuming bathroom buildout in a small office building to a mega profile, highly stressful renovation at the West Wing of the White House – I’ve seen just about all of it.  Giant custom water-cut mosaics, jaw-dropping 2cm thick Italian Statuario, 4'x8' thin-gauged panels, tiny hand-picked[...]

Tile Talk December 2020 | Tile Benefits

Published: December 17, 2020
Author: Creative Materials
The New Year is quickly approaching (it cannot come fast enough – lol!). And if you know anything about me, I like lists!  So, as we focus on our New Year’s goals and resolutions, let me take this time to remind you why I love tile, and why you should incorporate it into your next[...]
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