You may order samples online. Sample must be purchased and shipping charges apply. Please keep in mind sample tiles may vary in color from future orders due to the handmade process.
Our Terra Nova tile collection as its name implies “New Earth” is a new and improved line of handcrafted tile now available exclusively at Tierra y Fuego. It all began with changing and improving the basic composition of the clay, glaze, and firing, which are the basic elements of ceramic tile, and are traceable to their structure and composition. The Terra Nova tile can be used in a wider range of uses, compared to Talavera tile, fulfilling technical needs for applications of greater stress, and at the same time satisfying the taste and aesthetic requirements of our customers.
Compared to our Traditional Talavera tiles the Terra Nova Tiles have greater hardness and mechanical strength, due in part to new mixtures of various raw materials that can be fired at higher temperatures. The proper mixture of raw materials is important because it provides the plasticity and rigidity needed for the tiles to be handled and moved without falling apart. Another important improvement has been in the formulation of glazes. The glaze is the thin layer of glossy material on the body of the tile or (bisque), which provides aesthetic and technical properties, such as color, design, impermeability and hardness. Finally, firing of the tiles at higher temperatures produces a tile with stronger body, better resistance to stains and lower porosity.
Terra Nova Tiles are made using the Maiolica ceramic technique, by applying a tin-glaze layer on a terracotta tile, then the tile is decorated over the glazed surface with other color glazes, and lastly it is fired in a kiln until it reaches the desired finish. The name Maiolica is thought to come from the medieval Italian word for Majorca, an island in the Mediterranean on the route followed by ships bringing Hispano-Moresque wares from Valencia to Italy. Moorish potters from Majorca are reputed to have worked in Sicily and it has been suggested that their wares reached the Italian mainland from Caltagirone, a town in the island of Sicily.
Tierra y Fuego exclusive Terra Nova tile collection delivers the stunning design and esthetic solutions of authentic, old-world handcrafted decorative tiles, and at the same time meets technical requirements for applications of greater stress. Order your samples today and experience for yourself the high quality and uniqueness of our Terra Nova Tiles.
Note: All of our Talavera tile designs or any other designs may be custom made in a Terra Nova tile, which is made with finer raw materials and improved ceramic manufacturing techniques.
We have taken our handcrafted ceramic tile to a new level of quality and durability. Our research and development team of designers and ceramists have given birth to this new collection of tile. This collection serves as an alternative choice to traditional talavera tiles offering more designs and colors as well as a higher standard of quality.
Terra Nova tiles are available in either an antique white or pure white background. You can request a design to be made on either background if the design is not stocked in the background you specify.
Although Tierra y Fuego maintains high standards of quality control lot variation in size and color may be present from shipment to shipment. There is no guarantee that tiles ordered as add-ons will match those from original orders. This is an intrinsic characteristic in all ceramic tiles, and particularly in handcrafted tiles.
How to Order Tile Samples
|You may order samples online or by phone. Sample must be purchased and shipping charges apply. When ordering samples please keep in mind there is no guarantee tile samples will match future orders do to the handmade process.|
|Size||Mesh: 10½ x 11 in. Individual piece: 3 x 4 1/8 in. Sizes are nominal; meaning that sizes vary from the actual.|
|Color, Size and Design Variation||Extreme to Moderate variations are expected for all Mesh. For instance, size, color and design are all likely to vary due to the hand made process. PLEASE NOTE: shades of color are seen differently on computer monitors and therefore customers should request a sample before making a final selection or purchase. Lot variation in size and color may be present from shipment to shipment. There is no guarantee that tiles ordered as add-ons will match those from the original orders.|
|Body||Red body bisque. May be slightly concave or not perfectly flat, but overall the Mesh ceramic tiles are consistently flat.|
|Tile Thickness||3/8 in. thickness. Larger and smaller tiles may vary in thickness accordingly.|
|Tiles per Mesh||12 tiles.|
|Applications||Suitable for all interiors of residential and commercial wall applications. Avoid high moist areas in all matte mesh. If used in moist areas, apply a penetrating sealer which forms an invisible barrier that is resistant to moisture and stains while allowing vapor to escape. Outdoor use is temperate climate only. Mesh ceramic tiles are NOT frost proof.|
|Recommended Grout Type and Width||¼ in. grout line suggested. Use sanded grout when doing grout lines of ¼ in. or more; and non-sanded grout when less than ¼ in. We recommend to seal tile before grouting and to seal grout after installation. For further advice, contact your professional tile installer.|
|Installation Recommendations||Lay out material prior to installation to properly blend and balance color. Due to size variation, we recommend to shuffle thru several boxes before installation. The application of a penetrating sealer is recommended in accordance with the sealer manufacturer’s instructions to further enhance the durability of the tile. Note: Always perform a sample test on an inconspicuous area, before applying the sealer on an entire tiled surface.|
|Further Installation Details|| Ceramic Tile Installation
The successful installation of ceramic tiles is highly affected by the installation process. Tierra y Fuego strongly recommends hiring or consulting a skilled professional tile installer, even for small projects. Tierra y Fuego is not liable for tile that has been altered from its original state due to improper handling during the installation process. Inspect the tile prior to installation as installation signifies acceptance.
For a successful installation of Tierra y Fuego’s ceramic tiles, please take note of the following recommendations:
• Carefully choose a skilled tile installer.
• Properly blend all tiles prior to installation.
• Make sure the installer is informed of all the procedures and products; and carefully follows the manufacturer’s instructions of any solutions such as sealers, grout releases, and cleaners that may be used or come in contact with the tile during the installation process.
• Seal tiles with a penetrating sealer of your choice prior to grouting. We recommend 511 Impregnator Sealer from Miracle Sealants Company for medium to dense porous surfaces.
• Apply a grout release (like Aqua Mix’s) before grouting following the manufacturer’s instructions; this process will help protect its inherent textured surface, and reduce grout staining.
• One important consideration as part of the tile selection process is the color of the grout. Depending on the desired final overall look, there are three basic approaches to selecting the grout color: matching, contrasting, and neutral. Grout will affect the product’s final appearance.
• Grout tile with sanded grout. Premixed epoxy grout is NOT recommended due to its viscosity.
• After the grout has dried completely, if need it, clean tiles with Grout Haze Clean-up from Aqua Mix.
• Allow the entire tiled area to dry completely. Depending on environmental climate, it will typically take 24 hours to dry.
• After the installation has been completed, seal the entire area once again with a penetrating sealer.
• Note: Always test a small sample tile with the solutions that might be used during installation before applying to an entire area.
This guide is intended to provide information on frequently asked questions. Opinions vary in the ceramic tile industry about the proper installation of ceramic tiles. However, since Tierra y Fuego tiles are porous they should be sealed with a penetrating sealer before and after grouting.
|Care Recommendations||Clean with mild cleanser and damp cloth, do not use abrasive cleaners.|
|How Much Extra Tile to Order||Industry standard recommends adding on 5-10% additional tile to the tile needed to account for waste, special cuts, or other unforeseen problems. This is particularly important in complex installations. Specially with diagonal patterns.|