Metropolitan Ceramics® quarry products are one of the longest lasting flooring products available. In fact, a study conducted by the Tile Council of North America found quarry tile to be the best value among competing floor covering products based specifically on the price and longevity of the product.
Cradle to Cradle is fast becoming the standard by which the sustainability of building products is measured. This concept puts focus on the entire life cycle and re-use of a product. Metropolitan® quarry tile is an excellent cradle to cradle product because it is mined at a close proximity to the manufacturing site and it can last for many years and even centuries. At the end of a buildings life it can be removed and reused as tile or be recycled as a roadbed material with no negative impact to the environment.
Manufactured for long wear in demanding applications, Metropolitan Ceramics® unglazed ceramic quarry tile meets or exceeds the following standards relating to sustainability.
|Abrasion Resistance||ASTM C1243||Maximum value of 275 mm3||Metropolitan tests at < 275 mm3|
|Absorption 5-hour boil||ASTM C373||Maximum 5%||Metropolitan tests at 3% maximum and qualifies as vitreous.|
|Breaking Strength||ASTM C648||Average ≥ 250 lbf.||Metropolitan tests at 400 lbf.or better.|
|Thickness||ASTM C499||Max. range of .050"||Metropolitan meets the standard.|
|Nominal Size||ASTM C499||The facial dimension of each tile in the sample shall not vary more than ±2.00% from the nominal dimension.||Metropolitan meets the standard.|
|Freeze/Thaw||ASTM C67 Metropolitan internal test||No industry standard Metropolitan internal standard is 3,000 cycles.||ASTM test is 50 cycles|