Tierra handmade solid color floor tiles are of unparallel quality. The durability and strength of our Tierra terracotta tiles greatly depends on high quality raw materials and its firing processes. We have a very strict quality control in the selection and formulation of the clay that embodies these tiles, along with high firing. Our Tierra Terracotta tiles are fired at temperatures ranging from 1180 to 1200 degrees centigrade, approximately 2100 degrees Fahrenheit. Only high quality raw materials, and careful formulation can withstand such temperatures without cracking or breaking apart in the kiln.
In comparison to Saltillo tiles and mission red tiles, Tierra floor tiles are of superior quality and durability; that is why they are the preferred terra cotta floor tiles by architects, professional builders, and designers. Tierra floor tiles are 100% handcrafted and deliver a stunning and authentic old-world charm with 21st century high quality standards; additionally, they require very little maintenance.
Tierra floor tiles must be sealed in order to preserve their beauty. We recommend the usage of a high quality penetrating sealer such as 511 Impregnator or 511 Porous Plus from Miracle Sealants Company.
511 Porous Plus is a penetrating sealer designed for the protection of the most porous surfaces. 511 Porous Plus forms an invisible barrier that is resistant to moisture and stains while allowing vapor to escape. 511 Porous Plus is not a surface coating and will not alter the natural look. All surfaces are harder and less slippery. Therefore, 511 Porous Plus is highly recommended for all our Mexican terra-cotta floor tiles.
NOTE: 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 handcrafted tiles.
|Size||Available sizes are shown in drop down menu (top gray box no. 1). Due to handmade nature, tiles may vary by up to 1/4 in.|
|Body||Red body bisque. May be slightly concave or not perfectly flat, but overall the tierra solid floor tiles are consistently flat.|
|Tile Thickness||Tierra floor tile has a ½ in. thickness. Larger and smaller tiles vary in thickness accordingly.|
|Applications||Suitable for all interiors of residential and commercial wall applications. Light-use flooring as accents or as a border to define an area. Avoid high moist areas in all matte tiles. 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. Tierra solid ceramic tiles are NOT frost proof.|
|Recommended Grout Width||¼ in. grout line suggested. For further advice, contact your professional tile installer.|
|Recommended Grout Type||Use sanded grout. We recommend to seal tiles and grout lines with a high penetrating sealer.|
|Color, Size and Design Variation||Slight variations in color and shape are expected for all Tierra floor tiles. All Tierra floor tiles will vary in color ranging from natural earth tones of reds and oranges. This color variation depends on the clay and the placement in the kiln at the time of firing.|
|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.|
|Installation Recommendations||Tierra y Fuego strongly recommends consulting an experienced licensed contractor for the installation of Tierra floor tiles. Lay out material prior to installation to properly blend and balance color. Due to size and color 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.|
|Care Recommendations||For routine maintenance immediately clean any spills. Damp mop floor tile with a neutral PH cleanser, and water, as needed. Never use abrasive cleaners, acids or bleaches.|
|Purchasing Tile||Keeping in mind that sizes are nominal and there is color and size variation, industry standard recommends adding on 5-10% additional to the tile needed to account for waste, special cuts, or other unforeseen problems. This is particularly important in complex installations.|
|NOTE||Quantities, other than samples, will be shipped via a freight company. We will contact you via e-mail or telephone with an accurate shipping cost.|