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TSJ Launches “The Specifier's Guide to Ceramic Tiles and Calibrated Natural Stone”

A new, annual ceramic and natural stone resource, for interior designers and construction professionals, has been launched in the UK. Produced by leading business-to-business magazine Tile & Stone Journal, The Specifier's Guide to Ceramic Tiles and Calibrated Natural Stone offers a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the material's technical and aesthetic properties.

The Specifier's Guide

User-friendly content spans from analysis of current design trends, to best installation practice, with generic advice from the industry's leading R&D teams. In addition to a hard copy format - available free on request - content can also be accessed via

Application-related topics covered include wet room design; exteriors, including ventilated ceramic façades; installation over underfloor heating systems and swimming pool environments. Other subject areas include movement joints and transition profiles; tile backer-boards; anhydrite screeds; slip resistance/tactile paving and creative grouting - whilst product focuses include encaustics, and sourcing and installing the new generation of thin porcelain tiles. Additionally, the Guide lists important sources, such as British and European standards, trade associations and testing houses.

The comprehensive editorial content draws on both TSJ's experienced in-house editorial team - led by acclaimed journalist, Joe Simpson, who has over 30 years' experience of covering the global tiling sector - and also features acknowledged technical experts from the R&D departments of the UK's leading tile and stone suppliers.

"Our aim is to offer the A&D community a comprehensive and inspirational guide to the manifold aesthetic, technical and engineering possibilities offered by today's ceramic tiles and calibrated natural stone products," explains Joe Simpson.

"This is a very fast moving sector. The development of through-bodied porcelain tiles, ultra thin 3mm large format 3m x 1m laminated sheets and digital inkjet technology - coupled with the development of fibre-reinforced adhesive technology and the adoption of nanotechnology in adhesives, grouts and sealers - has really opened up the design potential of this material. This authoritative publication offers easy-to-read guidance on all these latest design and technology trends and is thus an essential specification tool for every architect, interior designer or developer," added Joe.


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