Rectified Tile 101: Applications, Pros, and Cons

Rectified tile (or rectified edge tile) refers to a ceramic or porcelain tile that has been ground down to a very precise size. This is done as an edge treatment, where the edges of a cut tile are ground down with a diamond saw to create an almost perfectly straight edge. Rectified tile is also used to achieve a neat, trim, and near seamless look for specific projects.

When compared to a traditionally cut porcelain or ceramic tile, you’ll notice the edge difference on a rectified tile right away. You’ll also see it when it comes time to install and grout rectified tile.

In what instances might your client select a rectified edge tile versus a traditionally cut tile? Let’s dive into this tile’s potential advantages and drawbacks so that you and your clients can make informed decisions about future projects.

When to Use Rectified Edge Tile

Often, rectified edge tiles are preferred when a client wants to achieve a sleeker and more seamless look between installed tiles. If your clients are going for a modern look with smaller and fewer grout lines, then rectified tile is your best bet. The very fine and precise edges of these tiles allow them to be installed extremely close together, which minimizes the space and visible grout lines between each tile.

With this in mind, clients will most often select a tile with a rectified edge when working with larger tile sizes and want to reduce the appearance of grout lines. These tiles can be used anywhere a traditionally cut porcelain or ceramic tile can be used, including:

  • Flooring
  • Backsplashes
  • Showers and baths
  • Fireplace surrounds

Pros and Cons of Rectified Tile

Is rectified tile right for your next interior or exterior project? There are a few pros and cons you should review with your client before you decide on a tile material.

Many clients enjoy, for example, that rectified tile comes with easy care and maintenance. Because grout lines are thinner, visible grout staining or debris accumulating between installed tiles is less likely. Simply wiping down the tiles and grout lines weekly should be enough to keep them looking great for many years to come. However, sealing grout lines is always a good idea to avoid mold and mildew (especially in areas of higher humidity, such as in showers or baths).

Rectified tile is just as resilient and durable as traditional ceramic or porcelain tile. As a result, it can be used in various interior and exterior applications. It also comes in an extensive range of colors and finishes, so your client can be sure to find what they’re looking for.

Many clients like rectified tile for its sleek and modern appearance. You might be surprised at how different rectified tile looks from traditional cut tile. With thinner grout lines and tiles closer together, this can create a neat and modern look that many clients love. Plus, because the edges of this tile are cut so precisely, many installers find it easier and more forgiving to work with.

Of course, rectified tile does come with some potential drawbacks. Consider, for example, that it can be difficult to replace or repair rectified tile that has become chipped or cracked. Because the tiles are installed so close together, it’s not always possible to simply remove the damaged tile and replace it. Instead, large sections of the tile may need to be replaced to restore the original look and feel of the space.

Finding rectified tile in specific sizes can be difficult. This is because rectified tile is most often requested in larger sizes (such as 16″ or larger). As a result, if you have a client looking for a smaller cut, you may have difficulty locating it. If you can find it, the cost may be much higher than if you use a non-rectified tile.


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Overall, rectified tile is not that much different in appearance than traditional tile. However, once you install it, you may be amazed at how much of a difference those cleaner and more precise edge lines can make in the finished product.

If you have clients looking for rectified tile for an upcoming project, Connecticut Stone has you covered. We offer a wide range of rectified porcelain and ceramic tiles to suit your clients’ unique needs and tastes. Feel free to visit our showroom or schedule your free consultation to get started!

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