Orchid Ceramics recently had their full line of porcelain products, sold under the Orchid Porcelain brand, tested and certified as true porcelain tile by the Porcelain Tile Certification Agency (PTCA). The PTCA was created in November 2007 by the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) to certify porcelain tile and bring porcelain education to the market.
Kurt Graves, Orchid president said, “Orchid Porcelain features
a full complement of trims such as cove base and bullnose with merchandising
support for architects and designers. Now, the products have the peace of mind
brought with the PTCA certification. The addition of all these things support
our expansion into commercial and design projects.”
In order to have their products certified, Orchid submitted its
porcelain tile to the PTCA for independent third party testing to verify the
products are true porcelain. True porcelain tiles are rated with a water
absorption of 0.5% or less as measured by the ASTM C373 test method.