Glossary of Tile Terms
Adhesive – used 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.