Modern living room with kitchen top in gres marble effect porcelain rectified tiles

Rectified porcelain tiles

When it comes to sleek and modern options for tiling, rectified porcelain tile is often a preferred choice to get the right aesthetic. But what are rectified tiles, and what are their pros and cons? In this article, you will discover more about rectified and non-rectified porcelain tiles on Atlas Plan.

Rectified Marvel Calacatta Extra porcelain tile – Atlas Plan

What is a rectified porcelain tile?

What is a rectified tile? We define rectified tile as tile edges that have been adjusted and aligned precisely to achieve a pristine, flawless appearance. This refinement typically entails grinding or polishing the tile's peripheries. Because of these treatments, the rectified floor tile corners maintain a 90-degree angle, which is crucial for specific applications. Rectification applies exclusively to ceramic, porcelain, or fired tiles due to their inherent precision, ensuring consistent dimensional accuracy.

Kitchen top and floor covering with rectified Calacatta Extra porcelain tiles

Rectified tiles: pro and cons

There are some advantages and drawbacks of rectified floor tiles to consider. Let us look at some examples.

Pros of rectified floor tiles


  • Easier to install than non-rectified tiles
    Rectified tiles have precise edges. This makes it easier to install and gives you a smooth, clean finish. This is especially true if you are planning to use larger tiles.
  • Can be cut to specific sizes
    This ensures that you can get a specific style according to the floor patterns that you are looking for, such as for wood effect porcelain tiles or concrete look porcelain tiles.
  • Modern designs
    The tight grout lines and precise edges of rectified tiles provide a sleek and contemporary look, contributing to a clean and uniform surface, which is particularly desirable in modern and minimalist design styles.
  • Incredible versatility
    Rectified tiles are suitable for various applications, and in some cases, floor tiles can be used for walls, and exterior cladding, making them ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, living areas, and even business spaces thanks to their beautiful designs.



Cons of rectified floor tiles


  • Will need a slightly higher budget
    Rectified floor tiles come at a higher cost than non-rectified tiles. This is due to the additional manufacturing processes involved in achieving precise edges.
  • Can be subject to chipping over time
    Because of their sharp edges, rectified tiles could chip, potentially affecting their durability over time. This means extra care needs to be taken when installing these tiles to ensure their edges are not exposed.
  • Might show dirt easily
    While rectified tiles are easier to clean and maintain due to their uniform surface and tight grout lines, they can be less forgiving in terms of hiding dirt and debris compared to non-rectified tiles with wider grout lines.
Calacatta Imperiale rectified tiles mood board

Rectified tile vs non rectified: what are the differences?

A rectified tile is produced with meticulous mindfulness, ensuring each side has identical measurements. Therefore, rectified tiles enable the creation of minute grout gaps, fostering the impression of a single expansive tiled region. By requiring lesser grout, tiles with a rectified edge minimize the visibility of grout lines, promoting a streamlined aesthetic.

In comparison, non-rectified tiles meaningrefers to irregular edges, lending themselves to a more organic appearance. Due to their uneven nature, non-rectified tiles necessitate broader grout joints, yielding a conventional tiled effect. The type of tile that you choose will depend on your personal preference. Rectified tiles tend to exude a modern flair through their seamless finish, while non-rectified options afford greater flexibility when using decorative grouts.

The choice between rectified and non-rectified porcelain tiles may be influenced by design requirements: typically, non-rectified tiles are preferred in large formats (162 x 324) for bathrooms, kitchens, or areas where the presence of niches and openings requires a certain freedom in cutting to create custom furnishings. On the other hand, rectified porcelain tiles are particularly suitable for the design of spacious areas or those with a more traditional charm, as they provide a uniform result due to their dimensional precision.

Kitchen with floor covering and kitchen top with Basaltina Volcano rectified porcelain tiles

Embrace the beauty of rectified porcelain tiles

Rectified floor tiles offer precise edges, a modern aesthetic, and easier maintenance, making them a popular choice for achieving a seamless and polished appearance in tile installations.

Contact the Atlas team today to find out more about our available options, including lappato porcelain tiles.

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