do i need to seal architect’s palette tiles?
architect’s palette tiles should be sealed for all applications (dry and wet) to maintain their appearance and avoid staining. you must apply sealant or a grout release before and after grouting to minimize risk of grout haze and to allow for easy cleanup.
IMPORTANT: if architect's palette is being grouted with a contrasting grout color vs. a matching one, then you should also seal before grouting because many tiles may have crazing without it being visible to the eye and would only come out with the grouting of the tiles as the invisible crazing absorbs the dye from the contrasting grout.
both the tile surface and grouted areas should be sealed as the final step of installation. exterior walls require vertical weather flashing and waterproof, penetrating sealant.
for more information about sealing please see our architect's palette installation & maintenance guide.
do you offer trim for your architect's palette tile?
at clé we follow the international model of no trim and highly recommend our clients to do the same. below are the trim alternatives we recommend for this collection.
- if your project needs to turn a corner either inwardly or outwardly, mitering the tiles to meet seamlessly in a corner gives it the cleanest, crafted finish.
- another way to complete your tiling is to run a bead of caulk or grout along the exposed brick edge.
- like with any of our tiles, you can also build out the sheetrock so that the surface of the finished sheetrock is flush with the surface of the tile.
how do i take care of my architect's palette tiles?
over time the tile will develop a crackled patina. please note this is an intrinsic characteristic of architect’s palette. mild, pH neutral soaps should be sufficient for most cleaning—test before general use. clean using soft materials, like a cloth, instead of coarse materials. always avoid harsh chemicals and acidic or alkaline cleaning products. grout lines can be cleaned with warm water and a soft bristled cleaning brush. immediately clean up spills—do not allow liquids to sit on the tile surface.
single coat reapplication of the penetrating sealant is required once a year on all grout lines in shower applications due to the continuous exposure to water.
see our architect's palette installation & maintenance guide for more information.
what type of finish should i expect with this collection?
architect's palette comes with glazed matte finish with visible crazing and light texture variation.
how much variation should i expect?
architect’s palette tiles will show some slight textural variation as well as low color variation in their glaze from tile to tile. medium variation in size from tile to tile is also to be expected. due to the variation in this tile, it is very important to blend the tiles from all boxes once they arrive and place them in their installation area to ensure you have the layout you want before installing. do not install without blending tiles from all boxes. all tiles will exhibit some percentage of variation from lot to lot.
what's crazing, and should this be expected with architect's palette tiles?
architect’s palette tiles are made by hand and will show visible crazing. crazing refers to the hairline cracks which may occur in the glaze surface of tile after firing and is common in handcrafted tile. cutting architect’s palette tiles with a wet saw can enhance the crazed finish of the glaze. this happens because the slurry, created from the tile dust mixed with water, settles into the cracks on the surface of the glaze. to avoid enhancing the crazed finish, we recommend dry cutting the tile.
variation and imperfection ratings:
architect's palette tiles are rated 'level 1 low' for color variation, 'level 2 slight' for texture variation, 'level 2 medium' for size variation, and 'level 3 heavy' for crazing.
see illustrations in the technical specifications section above, and read more about the ratings in our tile variation and imperfections guide.
why do you suggest i order at least 15% more than my measurements?
industry standard suggests adding at least 15% overage due to tile cuts, potential breakage, or future repairs.
for more information related to ordering and shipping, please be sure to visit our shipping and returns and delivery information resource pages.