Architectural Record BE - Building Enclosure

Know Your Porcelain

Sponsored by Florida Tile
Continuing Education

Learning Objectives - After this course, you should be able to:

  1. Define what makes a tile porcelain and what “Certified Porcelain” means
  2. Identify different types of porcelain tiles
  3. Discuss how porcelain tiles are manufactured
  4. Analyze the technical specifications listed for porcelain tile in marketing materials


0.1 IDCEC CEU. Credit is also accepted by the ASID, IIDA and IDC
1 PDH*

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Porcelain tile is beautiful, strong, durable and an ideal surface in commercial as well as residential applications. Certified porcelain excels as a versatile finish material both indoors and out from kitchens to baths, poolside to hospital hallway. Porcelain tile meets universal design and this presentation will review the latest information on using the dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF) vs. the static coefficient of friction (SCOF) for tile surfaces that meet ADA criteria. Architects will review the manufacturing of tiles, the use of recycled content, tile grading, markings and tile applications. Numerous examples of the different types of porcelain will expand the architect’s design toolkit. Mastering the art of selecting and specifying porcelain tile, architects can comfortably choose porcelain tile to provide durability and sustainability to their projects.