Easy Granite Tile Glossary - Part I
Back-Butter thru Outside Corner
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The spreading of a bond coat to the backs of granite tile just
before the tile is placed. The flat edges of the common tile setting
trowels can be used to back-butter.
Any material used as a base over which granite tile is to be installed.
Tiles that are attached the back wall of a counter and rest on
the counter itself.
Cuts of tile at the perimeter of an area that will not take full
tiles. The cuts on opposite sides of such an area should be the
same size. The same sized cuts should be placed on each side of
One or more rows of tile installed on a vertical surface above
A trim tile with a convex radius on one edge. This tile is used
for finishing the edge of a countertop, backsplash or for turning
an outside corner.
The spreading of a bond coat (followed by a mortar coat, a thin
setting bed mortar, or an organic adhesive) to the backs of stone
tile just before the tile is placed. The flat edges of the common
tile setting trowels can be used for buttering.
A soft, plastic material consisting of pigment and vehicle, used
for sealing joints in buildings and other structures where normal
structural movement may occur. Caulking compound retains its plasticity
for an extended period after application. It is available in forms
suitable for application by gun and knife and in extruded preformed
Caused by the same reasons as given under "pitted" or
by rough handling and confined to the corners and edges of the
The scaling or breaking off at the edges of fragments from the
surface of a tile, as might result from rough handling.
Any point in a tile installation where tile and setting bed have
terminated and the surface has lost its plasticity before work
Commercially prepared grout consisting of carefully graded aggregate,
Portland cement, water dispersing agents, plasticizers and color
Stained tile as a result of carton and tile being saturated by
moisture, oils, solvents or other materials.
A measure of the amount of material required to cover a given
Double Opposite Bullnose
A type of trim with the same convex radius on two opposite sides
so that the tile may be split down the middle to make two pieces
A two-part adhesive system employing epoxy resin and epoxy hardener
used for bonding of stone or ceramic tile to back-up materials.
A two-part grout system consisting of epoxy resin and epoxy hardener,
especially formulated to have impervious qualities, stain, and
chemical resistance used to fill joints between tile units. (Note:
Directions for use need to be followed exactly.)
A two-part mortar system consisting of epoxy resin and epoxy hardener
used to bond tile to back-up material where chemical resistance
of high bond strength is a consideration.
Tile other than trim tile covering a countertop.
Final Setting Time
The time required for a freshly mixed cement paste, mortar or
concrete to achieve final set.
Tile cut from granite. (Note: Not all natural stone that is referred
to as granite in the stone industry market place is true granite
in a geological sense.)
See Colored grout.
A rich or strong cementitious or chemically setting mix used for
filling small tile joints.
Recommended for joints larger than 3/16" or a manufacture's
Grout Scrubbing Pad
A no scratch nylon pad impregnated with abrasive used for cleaning
grout off tile. It is especially useful for epoxy grout applications.
The process of filling the tile joints with grout.
Honed granite tile has a matte or flat finish that is relatively
A type of bullnose trim with a convex radius on one corner in
order to bring the tiles on the two meeting edges together.
A layout is the plan or diagram that includes dimensions for use
in planning a job.
a. A surface or line with all points at the same elevation
b. Horizontally straight.
Machine Polishing, Bullnose
The final step of finishing the bullnose on a granite tile so
that shadows and visual irregularities are eliminated.
A mixture of cement paste and fine aggregate; in fresh concrete,
the material occupying the interstices among particles of coarse
aggregate; mortar may contain masonry cement, or may contain hydraulic
cement with lime (and possibly other admixtures) to afford greater
plasticity and workability than are attainable with standard hydraulic
The layer of mortar on which tile is set. The final coat of mortar
on a wall, floor or ceiling.
A slang term for mortar.
A prepared organic material, ready to use with no further addition
of liquid or powders, for bonding tile to back-up material by
the thin set method. Cures or sets by evaporation.
A tile that is bullnosed on two adjacent sides to form an exposed
corner on a counter or backsplash.