Terracotta
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A firm favourite with Australians who see it as a natural selection for poolside surroundings, verandahs, entries and kitchen floors.

Known the world over, this durable material has played a key role in architecture, particularly in Italy where Tuscan and Florentine Cotto is still perceived as one of the truly elegant floor finishes.

Cotto is a ceramic material composed from a selection of clays shaped and fired at temperatures up to 1100°C. The tiles are generally variable in colour, quite porous and usually available in light pink to deep red tones. The material in unglazed.

There are a number of Australian manufacturers of Terracotta and it has to be said that our product is of a very high quality.

Terracotta is available in a host of different sizes and formats, including hexagonal, octagonal and provencale. The traditional square tile is normally 30x30cms. A modern trend is to combine say an octagonal Terracotta with a 10cm tozzetti of glazed ceramic, marble or even granite, that will provide a durable eye catching highlight amongst the field of Terracotta tiles. 

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Poolside: A natural location for installation of one of the most proven and durable ceramic tiles.

Terracotta provides a natural finish which is often utilised on entry steps and pool surrounds because of the number of special bullnose, coping tiles and step treads that are available from virtually every manufacturer.

Technological advances have witnessed the advent of presealed tiles, however most Cotto is produced in its natural form. It is advisable to seek professional advice about sealing and maintenance.

Technical Characteristics

Terracotta is now regarded as a thoroughly modern material that exhibits low permeability, good compression, resistance to abrasion, weathers well. If properly sealed, installed and finished, few materials can compare in terms of aesthetics.