What is the difference between a rectified and non-rectified tile?

One of the more regular questions you may get asked will be about rectified tiles and their comparisons

to non-rectified tiles.

To put it simply, one option isn’t necessarily better than the other, it comes down to your personal

preference. Whilst rectified tiles can look more modern with their clean, refined lines, non-rectified tiles

can offer charm and often help to enhance or show a pattern with the larger spacing from tile to tile.


Rectified tiles - are usually pressed and then cut to an exact size. This gives the tile symmetrically clean edges, which allows them to be installed with smaller grout lines, usually 3mm or less, often 1.5mm. Rectified tiles will give a more uniform and modern finish to a tile area. 


Non-rectified tiles - are usually pressed into shape and will reflect the curved edges of their mould once fired. Non-rectified tiles have slightly more variation in size from tile to tile, so a larger grout joint is often used, usually 3mm +. Non-rectified tiles show more grout with uneven surfaces, as the larger grout joint often hides the curves within the surface. 


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