Adhesive, Ceramic

Used for bonding tile to a surface.


A decorative corner piece used in floor installations.  Often used in conjunction with a fascia to create a “rug” border effect.  Some angolos may be used together to create a small rosone.



1)  Material used as a base over which a finished tile is to be installed - i.e. plywood, Back-board, etc..  (See also Sub-Strate)
2)  Material used to hold mosaic in a sheet form.

Balanced Cuts

Tiles cut to the same size on opposite walls where the perimeter of an area which will not take full tiles. Also the same sized cuts on each side of a miter.


1) One or more rows of tile installed above the floor. (See Cove Base)   

2) Refers to the structural portion of a ceramic product and to the material or mixture from which it is made, as in “Coloured Base”.(See also Body)


A rounded top trim piece typically used in a floor application to serve as a baseboard.  (See also REL) 

Beating Block

A wooden block used to embed tiles in a flat plane. Method is called "beating in".

Blend, or Blending

The mixing of tiles from different boxes before installation.


Term refers to structural portion of a ceramic product and to the material or mixture from which it is made.

Brick Pattern

Tile is set in a pattern similar to a brick wall.  Also known as a running bond or staggererd joint.


A sandstone of characteristic brown or reddish-brown colour that is due to a prominent amount of iron oxide, as interstitial material. 


A trim tile with a rounded top edge used as the last tile in a wall installation that doesn’t extend to the ceiling, or up to the cabinet line, or to turn an outside edge.  (see also REL)


A roughened finish for concrete, stone or ceramic tile.


The spreading of a bond coat to the back of the ceramic tile immediately before tile is placed.  Also called back-buttering, most commonly used in floor tile installations.



See bullnose.