Top Tile Tips for First-Timers [PART 2] - Recti-what?

So you’ve made it through Part 1 of our Top Tile Tips (or have you? If not, get over there and have a read). You’re feeling pretty confident to come into the store and select some tiles. You’ve got your floor plan, a timeframe and a latte and just as you’re heading out the door your tiler calls and says “don’t forget to let me know if you pick rectified tiles, bye”.

What are those square edge tiles I’ve heard about?

Rectified edge tiles are precision cut to size and squared off with 90 degree edges. The other option is, well, non-rectified. Non-rectified tiles have rounded off edges, sometimes referred to as a “cushion edge”. Rectified tiles have a consistent size; non-rectified tiles have a variance in their size. Do you have OTD? (Obsessive Tile Disorder: where all your grout joints MUST line up perfectly or you have a fit of blind rage every time you have a shower and even seeing a loofah as you walk past The Body Shop is enough to set you off. It’s a real thing**). If so, rectified tiles are the way to go. Choosing a rectified tile can often mean you can have a thinner grout joint which gives a seamless look and also means less grout to scrub your mineral makeup out of.

Are rectified tiles more expensive to buy or lay?

Generally, yes to both. Because of the extra effort that goes into producing them, rectified edge tiles are usually more expensive to buy than their cushiony counterparts. The real extra cost though is in the laying process as rectified edge tiles require more time and care in laying to ensure a flush finish.

What does all of this mean for me?

Got your heart set on rectified tiles? It’s important to check first that the tiles you’ve chosen are going to be suitable for your project. If you’re renovating an older house/a house on stumps etc, sometimes the floor or walls are not going to be level enough for rectified tiles as any lippage will be extremely noticeable and whilst you might have the best and cutest tiler in town, there is not much they can do if the surface is unsuitable. There are levelling systems available that can help with this, and your tiler will let you know if this is an option for you.

I’m still not sure...

Don’t forget that we’re always here to help. You should always talk to your builder or tiler first, especially when it comes to any extra costs associated with laying your tiles. You definitely don’t want to get a huge surprise invoice at the end of the job and have to return that ruby-encrusted barbecue you just bought.

You can also find an even more comprehensive explanation of rectified edge vs cushioned edge tiles here.

But not here.

**Not a real thing.

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