Sustainability

Metropolitan Ceramics® quarry products are one of the longest lasting flooring products available. In fact, a recent study conducted by the Tile Council of North America found quarry tile to be the best value among competing floor covering products based specifically on the price and longevity of the product.

"Cradle to Cradle" is fast becoming the standard by which the sustainability of building products is measured. This concept puts focus on the entire life cycle of a product. Metropolitan® quarry tile fits this criteria because it is mined at a close proximity to the manufacturing site, it can last for many years and even centuries, and it can be recycled as a roadbed material with no negative impact to the environment at the end of its life cycle.

Durability Testing Data
Manufacturing for long wear in demanding applications, Metropolitan Ceramics® unglazed ceramic quarry tile meets or exceeds the following standards relating to sustainability.

SPECIFICATION TEST STANDARD RESULT
Abrasion Resistance ASTM C501 Index of 35 or better D.T.E. tests at >80 or better
Absorption 5-hour boil ASTM C373 5% D.T.E. tests at 3% maximum and qualities as vitreous
Breaking Strength ASTM C649 Min.250lbs. D.T.E. tests at 400lbs. or better
Compressive Strength ASTM C67 No industry standard D.T.E. tests at 10,000 P.S.I. or better
Nominal Size ASTM C499 The facial dimension of each tile in the sample shall not vary more than ±2.00% from the nominal dimension. D.T.E. meets the standard
Freeze/Thaw ASTM C67 No industry standard ASTM test is 50 cycles
  Metropolitan internal test Metropolitan internal standard is 3,000 cycles  
Metropolitan quarry tile is a natural product with through-the-body color that will not wear off.