Thin Porcelain Tile

Posted by freeamfva on August 23rd, 2021

Thin Porcelain Tile

The tile industry has talked about the market entrance and acceptance of an imported product which has had a myriad of names such as thin tiles, porcelain tile panels, and what the current Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook refers to as “reduced thickness porcelain tiles.” Working through these titles, it has commonly become known as “Thin Porcelain Tile” or TPT for several years.Get more news about Glazed Polished Porcelain Tile,you can vist our website!

Without an established American National Standards Institute (ANSI) product standard, this or any other product for that matter, can be called by whatever term is most popular and accepted. However, with a draft document for this product now in place and soon to be reviewed and balloted, TPT as we have known it is about to disappear. As currently proposed, the title of this category will soon be changing.

For the establishment of a new standard for TPT or any other product to take place, two components must be formed. The first is the creation of specifications describing the minimum physical properties for the product, including their basis for acceptance and methods of testing before and after installation; their marking and certification of the same and the definitions of terms relating to these products. Extensive testing and retesting is required to form a baseline or pattern of results. After the pattern is established and documented, work can begin on writing the new product standard, which many times take years to complete.
Within the ANSI specifications for ceramic tile, there are several designations, including A108, A118, A136 and A137. However, in this conversation, we will focus on just two of them: A137 and A108.

The A137 classifications include manufacturing specifications and testing procedures for tile products. A137.1 covers ceramic tile (American National Standard Specifications for Ceramic Tile) while A137.2 covers glass tile (American National Standard Specifications for Glass Tile). This new category is proposed to be known as A137.3 and identified as Gauged Porcelain Tiles and Gauged Porcelain Panels/Slabs. Following the loosely established tradition of adopting acronyms, will the tile industry call this product “GPT and GPTPS?” We shall see.

The A137.3 specifications describe the minimum physical properties of Gauged Porcelain Tile and Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels/Slabs and back-layered (a reinforcing product, commonly mesh, adhered to the back) Gauged Porcelain Tiles and Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels/Slabs manufactured to a specific nominal thickness and includes three grades of material: Standard, Second and Specialty.

This specification is broken into two categories — tiles and panels/slabs — to differentiate the two. The panels/slabs are a ceramic tile of a size greater than or equal to one square meter. A product less than one square meter will be recognized simply as tile.

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