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Understanding Quarry Tile

Quarry tile is known for its versatility and durability, as well as its resistance to freezing.

Most New York contractors and property owners choose quarry tile for renovation projects and new construction, because of its versatility and durability. 

The production of quarry tile production has its roots in the brick making industry and uses raw materials that are similar to those used in the manufacture of brick products. Quarry tiles are popular because they are natural and durable, hard-fired and high quality tiles that are used in various applications.

A good quarry tile is known for its low absorption. For maximum performance, quarry tiles are manufactured then hard fired in kilns at temperatures exceeding 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Not all quarry tiles are manufactured to such high quality standards, so it is important to consult your New York tile retailer for a list of recommended quarry tile products.

A quality quarry tile is suitable for the most demanding installations and are often the tile of choice for commercial kitchens and other commercial applications where spills or heavy traffic are common.

Quarry tiles are not produced in a quarry, as their name suggests. They are manufactured using a mixture of various natural ingredients including clays, shale and feldspar. They are sometimes extruded through a die and cut. This extrusion process creates a much tighter/denser body than can be achieved through other processes. The die also creates a ribbed back on the tile to improve mortar adhesion. Once extruded, the tiles are sent through a drier and fired in a kiln.

Because high quality quarry tiles are extruded and unglazed, they are naturally appealing and often quite practical for various environments and applications. Quarry tiles are slip resistant and are an excellent choice for areas that are subject to heavy spills and exposed to moisture. Quarry tiles also perform well in outdoor applications, even in the most extreme climates.

High quality quarry tiles also have a tight die skin surface making them resistant to soiling. However, when used for areas susceptible to heavy spills and moisture some flooring experts recommend sealing the tile with a penetrating sealer, for additional protection.

Quarry tiles get their color from the choice of natural raw materials put into the mix that created the tile. Quarry tiles with a base of shale are generally red or brown in color. Tiles with a base of clay are generally gray or beige in color.

Some quarry tile is produced with a shade variation from tile to tile. This classic architectural look, commonly referred to as flashing, is achieved through controlling the flow of oxygen and gases in the kiln. Whether monotone or with color variation, all quarry tile colors have a natural look that matches well with other design elements, regardless of style.

This combination of features, along with the thickness of the tiles (most quality quarry tiles are 1/2" thick)  make them the right choice for demanding commercial and residential applications, both indoors and outside as well.