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Laboratory Services

Lab HoodStandard & Custom Ceramic Tile, Installation Materials, and Stone Testing

As one of the nation's leading ceramic tile and installation materials testing facilities, the Tile Council of North America, Inc. (TCNA) offers confidential product and performance testing conducted in a state-of-the-art laboratory. Test results are provided in a confidential report to each customer. Our staff has extensive experience in all phases of ceramic tile, stone, and installation materials testing. The lab also provides custom testing services.

The TCNA Laboratory offers a wide range of tests for tiles, dimension stone, and installation materials per ASTM, ANSI, and ISO standards. Larger-scale testing and research can be conducted in our facility and via partnerships with the National Brick Research Center and Clemson University.

TCNA has additional capabilities and will be pleased to discuss your needs for testing using other ASTM standards, or to develop and run tests unique to a customers' needs. For example, we have X-ray diffraction, SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope), petrographic analysis, pore size characterization, and other sophisticated techniques available through our cooperative relationship with Clemson University. Call 864-646-8453 to discuss the possibilities.

To place your order on-line, fill out one of the forms below and complete the purchase process.

To place an order, please fill out the appropriate testing form and send it to the email address, fax number, or mailing address on the top of the testing form with the materials to be tested.Micro Lab

Porcelain Certification Program

Porcelain tile is defined by ANSI A137.1 as an impervious tile with a water absorption of 0.5% or less as measured by the ASTM C373 test method. There are, however, many instances in which tile not meeting this standard is advertised and sold as porcelain tile. Marketplace confusion, installation problems and even liability concerns can result when non-porcelain tile is misrepresented in the marketplace.

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TCA Team

Detailed design support, forensic analysis, or inspection services are available on a fee basis from our consulting subsidiary, the TCA Team.