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.