Manufactured Using the Extrusion Process

What is Quarry Tile?Not mined from a quarry as might be suggested by the name, quarry tiles are manufactured. Quarry tile production has its “roots” in the brick-making industry and uses raw material very similar to that used in brick products. “Natural” and “durable” are the words best used to describe quarry tiles.

These vitreous (low absorption) tiles are extruded through a die and cut. The extrusion process creates a much tighter/denser body than can be achieved through other manufacturing methods. The die also creates a ribbed back on the tile to improve mortar adhesion. The tiles are made from a mixture of natural ingredients, including clays, shales and feldspar. Once dried, they are hard-fired in kilns at temperatures exceeding 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Metropolitan Ceramics quarry tile is suitable for the most demanding installations. They are often the floor covering used in commercial kitchens, breweries, dairies, and other heavy use, high traffic commercial spaces.

Metropolitan Ceramics quarry tiles are both naturally appealing and very practical. The tiles are slip resisting and are an excellent choice for areas subject to heavy spills and moisture. They also perform well in outdoor applications – even in extreme climates. Extrusion also creates a tight die skin surface making the tiles resistant to soiling*.

Colors are created from the choice of natural raw materials put into the “mix.” Tiles with a base of shale generally have a red or brown color. Tiles with a base of clay typically have a gray or beige color.

Some Metropolitan Ceramics quarry tile is produced with a shade variation from tile to tile. This classic architectural look (sometimes known as flashing) is achieved by controlling the kiln’s oxygen and gas flow. Whether monotone or with color variation, all Metropolitan Ceramics quarry tile colors have a natural look that matches other design elements.

This combination of features, along with the ½” thickness of Metropolitan Ceramics quarry tile – make it the right choice for demanding commercial and residential applications indoors and out.

*For areas susceptible to heavy spills and moisture, you may choose to seal the tile with a penetrating sealer.

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