What is a rectified tile?

What is a rectified tile Header

A rectified tile is a type of ceramic or porcelain tile that has been precisely cut or ground after firing to achieve exact dimensions and perfectly straight edges. This process ensures that each tile is uniform in size and shape, allowing for very tight grout lines (usually as small as 1/16 inch or 1.5 mm), which can create a sleek and seamless look when installed.

Key Characteristics of Rectified Tiles:

  1. Precision Cutting: The edges are mechanically finished to ensure exact measurements.
  2. Straight Edges: The edges are perfectly straight, unlike traditional tiles that may have slight variations due to the firing process.
  3. Uniform Size: Each tile is the same size, reducing the need for wide grout lines to accommodate size discrepancies.
  4. Modern Aesthetic: Allows for a more contemporary, clean, and seamless look in tile installations.

rectified tile versus non-rectified


  • Minimal Grout Lines: Enables the use of very thin grout lines, which can enhance the overall appearance and make cleaning easier.
  • Consistent Look: Uniform size and shape contribute to a more polished and professional finish.
  • Flexibility in Design: Suitable for creating various patterns and designs due to the precision in size.


  • Floors and Walls: Commonly used in both residential and commercial spaces for floors and walls.
  • Large Format Tiles: Often preferred for large format tiles where uniformity is critical for a smooth finish.


  • Cost: Rectified tiles tend to be more expensive due to the additional manufacturing processes involved.
  • Installation: Requires more precision during installation to maintain the thin grout lines, often necessitating a skilled installer.

Overall, rectified tiles are an excellent choice for projects where a sleek, modern, and high-end finish is desired.

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What is a rectified tile?
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