TCNA Green-Lights Standard for Gauged Porcelain Pavers

After three years and hundreds of hours of research, the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) has approved a new standard for two-centimetre gauged porcelain tile pavers.

In recent years, use of these pavers, particularly in outdoor living, has grown at a remarkable pace, creating a need for standardized product performance criteria upon which specifiers, installers, building owners and consumers can rely, says TCNA. As two-centimetre porcelain tile pavers are often used in unbonded or raised flooring applications, particular attention was given to strength and impact criteria when developing the standard.

“Without standards, tile consumers would have no way to know what to expect in terms of performance, and problems resulting from an undefined range of products could hinder the growth of this exciting market segment,” says Bill Griese, director of standards development and sustainability initiatives at TCNA.

The new industry standard — the world’s first for gauged porcelain pavers — will be published later this year and be included as part of ANSI A137.3, American National Standard Specifications for Gauged Porcelain Tiles and Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels/Slabs.

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