High definition porcelain tiles making a significant design statement at Surfaces.
January 22nd, 2013

“TidesHDP” is latest addition to Florida Tile’s expanding line


Florida Tile has introduced a stylized interpretation of vein-cut stone called TidesHDP, a glazed porcelain and wall tile line for both commercial and residential use. It is the latest addition to the company’s family of ever-expanding HDP High Definition Porcelain® Products. “Specifically,” says Sean Cilona, Florida Tile’s Marketing Director, “the look of TidesHDP is that of a linear-cut Travertine or Limestone known as Georgette. In its natural form this look is a stunning linear play of tone-on-tone colors which creates the contemporary appearance.”

“As a Florida Tile porcelain product, TidesHDP is far stronger, more versatile, and easier to maintain than stone, meaning that the look can go virtually anywhere,” he adds. “By using Florida Tile’s HDP-High Definition Porcelain® technology, we not only reproduce this stone look, we also are able to set loose our imaginations with bold color combinations that can’t be found in nature.”

The new TidesHDP collection ranges from bold Blues to Steel Gray and Dark Brown.  “We created contemporary colors that can be specified in any commercial space. Each color has a unique blend of complimentary colors within its veining to add interest and depth, as well as pair beautifully with other design finishes.” (The larger-format TidesHDP can also make a statement in residential settings.)

TidesHDP glazed porcelain floor and wall is available in pressed 12×24 along with a 3×24 bullnose for each color.  Cilona also says “We have also added a unique patterned M12 mosaic that rotates each chip 90 degrees, to create a wonderful checkerboard pattern. From a design perspective, the result is that TidesHDP presents countless opportunities for creative expression, far beyond that of natural stone.”

TidesHDP  is made in the USA of 40% post-industrial recycled content. It is Greenguard and Porcelain Tile Certified and meets the new DCOF Acutest requirements to be installed in wet areas. An all new tile category, HDP High Definition Porcelain® is a Florida Tile registered trademarked brand. HDP High Definition Porcelain® is the most technically advanced glazing system available today delivering the most realistic image possible in stone or wood and also allowing for the creation low relief patterns, handmade effects, fabric looks and mosaics.


Florim introduces Jewel

JEWEL by Florim

Florim’s “Jewel” is a true gem of glazed porcelain tile, produced with cutting-edge High Definition Graphic (HDG) Technology which results in a natural stone look so real, seasoned geologists will be taking second and third glances to believe this is a man-made material! Available in five unique colors (Petrolio, Noce, Beige, Grigio, and Silver), Jewel is presented in five size formats, all available with coordinating trim pieces.  The 18”x18” and 12”x24” sizes are available either as pressed format with a natural finish… or, a rectified format with a semi-polished finish.  The 18”x36” rectified size represents a new large format produced by Florim USA. Made in America by American workers, Jewel tiles with a natural finish have a Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF) rating of >0.42, which makes the range an ideal choice for nearly any application (residential/commercial and indoor/outdoor). Jewel also contains 40% recycled content; therefore projects specified with this exquisite new tile are eligible for LEED points. Stefano Rabaioli, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Florim USA stated,  “People in the United States are big fans of having natural stone installed in bathrooms, both commercial and residential. Many of the beautiful stones in demand are really not suitable for these projects, as they are too soft and have a high porosity level, which means they become water-absorbent and soon will deteriorate. Jewel tiles are as durable as the strongest granite… and, they are even more non-porous. When selected, the result is a beautiful installation with a stone look as realistic as can be found, that is strong enough to endure the rigors of time. And unlike natural stone, porcelain tile never needs sealing. We feel this is an ideal product for any kind of ‘wet area’ tile installation.”


One Response to “High definition porcelain tiles making a significant design statement at Surfaces.”

  1. Dan Skowron says:

    There’s no question that Hi-Def Porcelain is changing the game. The realistic wood and stone looks available because of digital technology give customers the feeling that they have installed their own completely unique floor design rather than the “me too” look of many traditional tile floors.

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