Tile Terminology

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A substance used for bonding tile to surfaces. Other common names thinset, glue, mud, mastic, mortar, and paste.


Material used as a base over which a tile is installed.


A floor trim also known as bullnose that has a finished edge on one .

Broken Joint

Tile installation where each row is offset for half of its length. Also known as brick joint or staggered pattern.


A trim tile with a finished edge.


Aaterproof filler used to seal joints and make tile joints watertight.

Cement Board

A panel normally thick made of cement, reinforced with fiberglass used as a substrate for tile installation.

Coefficient of Friction (COF)

The measurement of resistance to friction as related to be effect of how smooth or rough a surface is to prevent material to 'slip' across the surface.

Cove Base

A trim tile having a convex radius with a flat landing on the bottom edge. See also Sanitary Base.


The time period that a tile installation setting material must be undisturbed and allowed to set for it to reach full strength.

Epoxy Adhesive

A two part adhesive system consisting of epoxy resin and epoxy hardener. Used for bonding ceramic tile or stone to backing material.

Epoxy Grout

A two-part grout system consisting of epoxy resin and epoxy hardener. Made to have impervious qualities, stain and chemical resistant. Used to fill joints between tiles.

Feature Strip (Border)

A narrow strip of tile with design, texture or contrasting color that creates a design concept.

Field Tile

The primary tile used to cover a wall or floor.

Floor Tile

A tile durable enough to withstand traffic and abrasion.