Crossville has announced that its Laminam by Crossville gauged porcelain tile panels are compliant with ANSI A137.3 standards. All collections in the full Laminam by Crossville catalog exceed the product performance measures defined in the ANSI standard.
According to Noah Chitty, Crossville’s director of technical services, the company sought the compliance not only to bolster the reputation of its own product lines but also to support the burgeoning gauged porcelain tile panel category in the U.S. market.
“Crossville pursued the creation of a product standard to help ensure the stability of the gauged porcelain tile panel category,” Chitty says. “If lesser-performing products are introduced into the marketplace without minimum specification standards, then there could potentially be failures that damage the overall product category.”
In addition to its focus on product standards, Crossville has also joined with other industry leaders in the development of the ANSI installation standard (ANSI A108.19) for gauged porcelain tile panels. The installation standard provides consistency in methodology—essential as more and more installers start training with these large tile panels. The installation standard defines the practices that will produce consistent outcomes when employed correctly, resulting in applications of the gauged porcelain tile panels that perform to expectation.
Chitty explains that the ANSI standards are essential in conveying gauged porcelain tile panels’ value proposition to specifiers who must be mindful of quality and cost when selecting materials.
“In a specification market, it is crucial that the designer, architect, contractor, and all parties involved are assured the products they use will offer the functionality and aesthetics required. By having standards for gauged porcelain tile panel products, our industry is helping to make sure that specifiers are truly getting what they expected,” Chitty adds.
The attaining of ANSI A137.3 is just the latest in Crossville’s longstanding commitment to the gauged porcelain tile panel category. The company was the first in the U.S. to add a complete line of products through its exclusive Laminam distribution agreement. In the years following, the company has created and hosted installation training programs that have resulted in hundreds of installers gaining the know-how to work with the products. Likewise, Crossville offers educational programs and resources for designers and specifiers so that they can use the creative solutions of gauged porcelain tile panels in commercial and residential projects.
“We’re excited to see more and more projects using our porcelain tile panels in beautiful, creative ways,” Chitty concludes. “The innovations are empowering designers to specify tile in ways never before possible.”