Uniglow Gris floor tile 80x80cm by Emigres (Spain).
A porcelain lapatto floor tile with rectified edges. Lapatto is an Italian word which means "polished" or "burnished" and refers to a semi-polished finish. This is done to mimic the effect of natural stone which is usually polished when it is first quarried but retains those inevitable pits and abrasions. As a digitally printed stone-effect tile, the Uniglow Gris imitates cross-cut stone meaning the natural veining is avoided when cut which produces a clouded appearance that has been honed. Unlike natural products, porcelain tiles do not need sealing or have the same inherent variation and impurities.
A growing demand combined with modern manufacturing has lead to the availability of affordable large format tiles. Also known as XL tiles, or simply “big” tiles, they create an illusion of space in busy homes as bigger tiles means fewer grout lines. They are ideal for open-plan kitchens, dining areas, living rooms and conservatories. Large format tiles may require two people for fitting and should be back-buttered to ensure that suitable contact with the tile is achieved. We recommend trowelling the substrate with a thick solid bed trowel (usually 12mm).
As a rectified tile, the Uniglow Gris is a tile which has been mechanically cut to an exact size. Both ceramic and porcelain tiles can be rectified but it is typically more common with large porcelain floor tiles. Tiles that are not rectified can have very slight variations in size so rectification produces exact facial dimensions with more precise and narrow grout lines when tiling.
Emigres is an international manufacturer, exporter and supplier of tiles which positions itself as a global leader in the ceramics market by embracing change, innovation and improvement with a core commitment to environmental protection.
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