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TCA (Tile Council Of America)
An organization of manufacturers serving the ceramic tile industry. Its programs include promotion of the uses of tile, improvement of product standards and quality, development of new installation methods and techniques, and publication of the annual Installation Handbook. Many of the installation techniques detailed in the handbook can be used to set stone tile

TEMPLATE
A pattern for a repetitive marking or fabricating operation

TERRAZZO
A flooring surface of marble or granite chips in a cementitious or resinous matrix, which is ground and finished after setting

TEXTURE
Surface quality of stone, independent of color

TEXTURED FINISH
A rough surface finish

THERMAL FINISH
A surface treatment applied by intense heat flamin

THIN STONE
Dimension stone units less than 2 inches thick

THRESHOLD
A flat strip of stone projecting above the floor between the jambs of a door. Also known as a saddle

TILE
A thin modular stone, generally less than ¾ inch thick

TOLERANCE
Dimensional allowance in the fabrication process

TRANSLUCENCE
The ability of many lighter-colored marbles to transmit light

TRAVERTINE
A variety of limestone that is a precipitate from hot springs. Some varieties of travertine take a polish and are known commercially as marble. ASTM C119-03 classifies travertine in both the limestone and the marble groupings

TUMBLE FINISH
A rustic finish produced on stone tiles by processing them in a tumbler

TUMBLER
Rotating apparatus used to produce tumble-finish on marble, travertine and other stone tiles