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Rectified vs Unrectified Tiles

A rectified tile is a tile whose sides have been mechanically finished and precisely cut for uniformity. It’s easier to align with other tiles of its kind, so less grout is applied between them when they’re laid down.

Image via Ragno USA,

Image via Ragno USA,

The resulting look is much more polished and professional.

An unrectified tile is the exact opposite. Its sides are not mechanically finished after they have been fired, When unrectified tiles are laid on the floor, gaps between them are more obvious. More grout is needed to fill those gaps and to align the tiles. Unfortunately, grout distracts from the overall effect of a flooring, and also discolors over time.

Rectified tiles are more expensive than unrectified tiles, but they’re a better choice if your priority is aesthetics. Also, you have to consider labor. Unrectified tiles take longer to lay, so if you’re paying your tiler by the hour, you may end up with the same costs as you would have with rectified tiles.

Want to see rectified tiles in action? Visit any of our showrooms in Baltimore, MD; Sterling, VA; and Harrisburg, PA. You may also contact us at (717) 564-6860 if you have any inquiries. We at Conestoga Tile are always happy to help.