All American Marazzi Tile products are dry pressed and manufactured by the monocottura (singlefired) process. The monocottura process was patented worldwide by The Marazzi Group in 1971
and is still the state-of-the-art technology in glazed ceramic floor and wall tile. American Marazzi
Tile’s monocottura products are more impact resistant than bicottura (twice-fired) products, are frost
resistant and have a flat back for easier thin-set installation.
American Marazzi Tile’s glazed ceramic and porcelain Floor Tile are suggested for most
interior residential and commercial floor and wall applications as well as for most vertical and
horizontal exterior applications. Where dynamic coefficient of friction is a concern, see ratings for
particular product series.
GLAZED CERAMIC TILE
Floor Tile American Marazzi Tile’s residential and commercial glazed ceramic Floor Tile are prized
nationwide and represent the highest achievement in both quality and design. American Marazzi
Tile’s glazed ceramic Floor Tile products are produced with a porosity range of 2.0% to 5.0%,
making them stronger and more impact resistant. These products reflect state-of-the-art glaze
technology which allows aesthetic details in gloss and patterns never before accomplished.
Wall Tile American Marazzi Tile’s large-scale, high-end, glazed ceramic wall tile combine the
elegance of classic wall stones with the efficiencies of the monocottura process. Intricate silkscreened designs and trims are created on a non-vitreous body with a porosity range greater
than 7%. These products are designed for interior wall usage in residential as well as commercial
settings. A limited number of these products are also suitable for residential bathroom floor use; see
Abrasion Resistance / Suggested Applications section for each product series.
Dynamic Coefficient of Friction Water, oil, grease or other fluids create slippery conditions. When
installing floors in areas with exposure to these conditions, a minimum D.C.O.F. value of 0.42
is required. Additionally, extra caution is required with regards to product selection and proper
maintenance. Visit www.tcnatile.com for complete information regarding the DCOF Acutest test
method and values.
These American Marazzi Tile products meet or exceed a minimum dynamic coefficient of friction of
0.42 (wet) when tested in accordance with ASTM DCOF AcuTestSM:
• Arctic Bay
• American Estates™ • Archaeology
• Artea Stone
• Forest Impressions • Harmony
• i Porfidi di Marazzi
• Imperial Slate
• Riflessi di Legno
• San Savino
• Stone Age
• Stone Collection
• Timeless Collection • Treverkchic
• Vesale Stone
• Walnut Canyon
The dynamic coefficient of friction may vary within and between production runs because of the
inherent characteristics of fired clay products.
Tile should be maintained on a regular and frequent basis to prevent buildup of soil, grease, residue,
soap detergents, sealers, dampness, liquids, etc., which may reduce the dynamic coefficient of
friction; see Maintenance section for each product series.
GLAZED/UNGLAZED PORCELAIN TILE
Care and judgment should be used when selecting any hard surface flooring to be installed in areas
where dampness, liquids, grease or inadequate maintenance is likely to be encountered.
Floor Tile The same technical characteristics found in American Marazzi Tile’s unglazed porcelain
tile are taken to new heights with American Marazzi Tile’s unique glazed porcelain tile. Structured
surfaces, rustic appearance and variegated veining and shading combine the benefits of unglazed
porcelain tile — impervious, frost resistant, chemical resistant — with the aesthetic capabilities
of glazed ceramic tile. All of American Marazzi Tile’s porcelain tile products are produced with a
porosity less than 0.50%.
Installation American Marazzi Tile’s first choice products are calibrated (where applicable) for
easier, more professional installation. Upon setting, choose tile alternatively from different boxes. It is
recommended that all installations be thoroughly cleaned immediately following grouting to remove
all grout residue. Do not install tile that is ≥ 18" in a brick / staggered pattern without first checking
lippage at T-joints. It is recommended to have a maximum of 33% offset to avoid lippage when
installing a brick/staggered pattern with tiles greater than 18" in length.
Product Variations Color and other aesthetic features shown in this catalog are as close as the
limitation of the printing process will allow and may vary from actual tile colors. Final selection should
be made from actual tile samples. Samples of current inventory should be requested prior to order
shipment since color, shade, finish and caliber (size) variations may exist from one production run
to the next due to the inherent characteristics of fired clay products. Care should be taken to match
colors and sizes when replacing tile or mixing different stocks. Additionally, caliber and shade should
be checked when modularity is a concern. American Marazzi Tile cartons are clearly marked with
product code, shade and caliber (where applicable) for easy identification.
Selection of specific setting materials and grout are dependent upon subsurface, installation
environment and the possibility of exposure to liquids, acids, etc. American Marazzi Tile
recommends the installation procedures indicated in the current Tile Council of America “Handbook
for Ceramic Tile Installation" or those recommended by the Ceramic Tile Institute of America.
Trim Consult each product series in this catalog for available trim. Trim should be ordered at same
time as modular and Floor Tile to minimize color, finish and size variations. Verify the compatibility of
trim with modular and Floor Tile before installation.
Availability American Marazzi Tile products are offered at over 250 independent stocking distributors
throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. To locate your nearest distributor
call American Marazzi Tile Customer Service at (972) 226-0110.
American Marazzi Tile products are tested to ensure that they meet or exceed the ANSI A137.1-1988
ceramic tile standards. Other special testing for slip-resistance (dynamic coefficient of friction),
abrasion resistance, chemical resistance, impact resistance, porosity/water absorption, breaking
strength, warpage and wedging is performed to maintain stringent levels of quality.
Abrasion Resistance / Suggested Applications Glazed ceramic and porcelain tile normally carry a
abrasion resistance rating. Although there are no official industry standards, most manufacturers
give their tile a rating number from 1 to 4+ according to the results of the Porcelain Enamel Institute
(PEI) abrasion test, recommended by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
In over 60 years of experience throughout the world, The Marazzi Group has learned that PEI test
results alone do not completely represent the practical behavior of a glazed ceramic or porcelain
tile. Therefore, American Marazzi Tile’s Floor Tile products are subjected to several other rigorous
tests which also measure glaze density, glaze cleanability after wear and permanence of gloss level
after wear. According to this unique rating procedure, each American Marazzi Tile product series
has been assigned a abrasion resistance rating number which is shown in this catalog and on
merchandising materials. Abrasion resistance ratings are not representative of slip-resistance. Where
dynamic coefficient of friction is a concern, see specific ratings for each product series.
Class 0 - Tile in this class should not be exposed to wear/traffic or aggressive maintenance practices
and is generally used on walls.
Class I - Tile in this class may withstand soft-soled foot traffic, provided that dirt and/or other
abrasives are not present on the wear surface. Class I tile should not be used in areas with direct
access to the outside or large amounts of foot traffic.
Class II - Tile in this class may withstand soft-soled and some normal foot traffic provided the dirt
and/or other abrasives are kept to a minimum. Class II tile should not be used in areas with direct
access to the outside, large amounts of foot traffic, or areas exposed to abnormal footwear.
Class III - Tile in this class may withstand normal footwear and regular traffic, with some dirt and/
or other abrasives present in limited quantities. Tile in this class may be used in light commercial
installations with limited foot traffic and with no direct access to the outside.
Class IV - Tile in this class may withstand heavier amounts of traffic with greater amounts of dirt and/
or other abrasives present.
Class V - Tiles in this class may withstand constant foot traffic with larger amounts of dirt and/or other
Acid & Alkali Resistance American Marazzi Tile’s glazed ceramic and porcelain tile offer considerable
resistance to most acids, alkalies and other corrosive substances. Resistance values vary
depending on the type of glaze used, color and finish of the product.
American Marazzi Tile does not recommend acid cleaning for either glazed ceramic or porcelain tile.
Maintenance Most American Marazzi Tile glazed ceramic and porcelain tile require minimal
maintenance. Either can generally be cleaned with clear water and/or a Ph neutral liquid cleaner
(soapless). Follow with a clear water rinse and wipe dry to prevent film formation. As with most
porcelains, spilled liquids may stain the light-colored products if not promptly removed. Neither
sealing nor acid cleaning is recommended for any of American Marazzi Tile’s glazed ceramic or
The tile should be thoroughly cleaned of grout after installation (following the grout manufacturer’s
instructions) to assure ease of maintenance in the future. Tile, whether glazed ceramic or porcelain,
should be maintained on a regular and frequent basis to prevent build up of soil, grease, residue,
soap detergents, sealers, dampness, liquids, etc., to keep the surface clean and lessen slippery
Wash Group: One five gallon plastic pail, one deck brush (10 inches wide with two inch bristles) and
one mop (rayon).
Rinse Group: A standard mop bucket with a mop wringer and one mop (rayon).
Procedure: Fill the five gallon Wash Group pail with hot water and p.H. neutral liquid cleaner
(soapless) in concentrations according to manufacturer’s recommendations. Half-fill the Rinse Group
mop bucket with clear hot water.
Immerse the Wash Group mop in the five gallon pail of cleaner solution. Working in ten foot by ten
foot sections, spread the cleaner solution to cover the ten square foot section. Scrub well with the
Following the scrubbing, rinse the area with the mop and water from the Rinse Group. Proceed to
the next ten square foot area and repeat these procedures until the floor is cleaned, changing both
the wash solution and rinse water frequently as they become dirty.
Limited Warranty Marazzi USA warrants that its first choice ceramic tile is manufactured according
to ANSI A137.1-1988 and meets or exceeds these requirements. If a tile is proven to contain a
manufacturing defect, Marazzi USA will supply, free of charge, material of compatible color and
shade as determined by Marazzi USA. Labor charges are expressly excluded from this warranty.
Marazzi USA makes no warranty as to the suitability of its tile for a particular installation. Marazzi
USA does not warrant that its glazed ceramic or porcelain tile will not scratch, chip or show signs of
Marazzi USA or the Marazzi USA Distributor must be notified of any claims or defects as soon as
reasonably possible, but in any case, not later than one year after the goods have been delivered by
Marazzi USA. This notification must be in writing or sent by certified mail. Claims concerning shade,
appearance, caliber, finish or obvious defects in first choice production must be communicated
before the tile is installed. No claims will be accepted for tile already installed or for defects in other
than first choice material.
Marazzi USA specifically excludes liability for consequential or incidental damages, except where
exclusion of consequential damage is not permitted by state law.
This limited warranty shall constitute the full extent of Marazzi USA’s liability and is in place of all other
warranties, express or implied, including the implied warranty of merchantability and the implied
warranty of fitness for a particular purpose.