Glossary of Tile Terms

Adhesiveused for bonding tile to a surface.

Battiscopa – the Italian term for a bull nose trim piece.

Border – a strip of tile with design, texture or contrasting color that creates a design concept.

Brushed finish – a finish resulting from treating the stone surface with a coarse wire rotary brush.

Bullnose – a trim tile with a convex radius or finished edge on one side. Used for finishing top of wainscot, turning of an outside corner, or floor base.

Buttering – The spreading of a bond coat to the back of a ceramic tile immediately before the tile is installed.

Caulk a soft, water resistant plastic material used for sealing joints.

Coefficient of Friction (COF)Slip resistance of a tile. See Technical Specifications.

Cove – A trim tile with one edge a concave radius.  Used to form a junction between the bottom wall course and the floor or to form an inside corner.