XA Abrasive Added to List of Green Squared Certified Products

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Since the inception of the ANSI A138.1 Green Squared® multi-attribute sustainability standard for tile and related materials, a variety of Metropolitan Ceramics® products have been third party certified. Now Metropolitan Ceramics’ premier added slip resistance quarry tile – XA Abrasive has three colors added to the list.

Having a product Green Squared certified means not only the product, but the manufacturer has undergone third party scrutiny in a variety of areas related to sustainability. Categories such as product characteristics, manufacturing, end of product life management, corporate governance, and innovation are part of the certification.

Green Squared is widely accepted and having products certified shows an added level of commitment to sustainability. For example, Green Squared products are part of the LEED Pilot Credit for Multi-Attribute Products and materials.

Green Squared also meets requirements in other green building standards including Green Globes, NAHB Green Building Standard, International Green Construction Code, and ASHRAE Standard for High-Performance Green Buildings.

XA Abrasive is a natural fit for this certification because, in addition to meeting all of the requirements of Green Squared, XA is an added slip resistance product. XA Abrasive is manufactured with both a through the body additive and silicon carbide embedded in the surface for a dynamic coefficient of friction ≥ 0.70, well above the industry threshold of 0.42.

Obviously, building occupant welfare is a primary part of any green standard. The fact that a product can both have this certification and perform so well in regards to safety is a significant achievement.

For more information about Green Squared and XA Abrasive, visit the Metropolitan Ceramics website – www.metroceramics.com.

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Choose the Right Floor for Restaurant Kitchens

Metropolitan Ceramics unglazed quarry tile is specifically designed to take the punishment of demanding areas like restaurant kitchen floors. Here are six reasons Metropolitan quarry tile outworks and outlasts the competition.

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Product Features are Important, but the Benefit to the Customer is Really What Matters. 

For slip resistance and durability, the quality of Metropolitan Ceramics quarry tile is unmatched. There isn’t a better product to use in high traffic areas subject to spills and moisture, which is why there have been millions of square feet of Metropolitan Tile installed over the years.

Here are ten great features (and especially benefits) of Metropolitan Ceramics quarry tile.


Vist www.metroceramics.com for more information on Metropolitan Ceramics products.


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Quarry Tile vs. Other Floor Finishes

We all know Metropolitan Ceramics quarry tile is durable and long lasting, but did you know that Metropolitan Ceramics has the most favorable life cycle cost? The infographic shown below illustrates how quarry tile stacks up when compared to other flooring products. http://metroceramics.com/environment-advantages/life-cycle/


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It’s Time for Outdoor Projects

It’s time to go outdoors and look at ways to add to the beauty of a home with updates to the outdoor living space. Metropolitan Ceramics offers a broad range of tile and thin brick products that will help take these areas from bland to grand.  Whether updating a patio, walkway, pool surround, or accent wall, Metropolitan Ceramics has just the right product to fit the design. All Metropolitan Ceramics products are low absorption and slip resisting – ready for the toughest climates.  And they all install using tile set methods and material. To follow are some images for inspiration.  Products shown are Metropolitan Ceramics® quarry tile, Down to Earth® textured paving tiles, and Royal Thin Brick®. www.metroceramics.com 

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Slip Resisting Tile from Metropolitan Ceramics

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Because they are so smooth, some glazed and porcelain tiles are just not suitable for wet and oily applications. Liquid can get trapped between the foot and the tile which in turn can lead to hydroplaning, slips, and falls.

Metropolitan Ceramics has the right tile for floor installations
that demand slip resistance. Choose from one of these fine Metropolitan Ceramics quarry tile products and tame the toughest jobs indoors and out.


Visit metroceramics.com/product to learn more

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Metropolitan Ceramics Offers Thin Brick

Thin brick presents a number of advantages when compared to the use of full bed brick. The natural resources/energy saved in production, shipping, and construction are prime examples. And thin brick can be installed around the home or business using tile setting methods. With thin brick, you can quickly and easily add a real brick veneer virtually anywhere. Metropolitan Ceramics now includes two thin brick lines in its product offering.


Royal Thin Brick (left) and METROBRICK Fast Ship (right) are two excellent options for creating a brick installation with thin brick using tile set methods. Both are now available from Metropolitan Ceramics.

Royal Thin Brick is a tumbled product, giving each brick a unique worn and distressed appearance. The bricks are Queen Size (2 3/4″ x 7 5/8″) – taller than modular brick for a more robust look. Corner pieces are also available. Royal Thin Brick is the perfect choice for adding a decorative brick element to any design. A brick accent wall, kitchen back-splash, or fireplace surround are some examples. Royal can be used indoors and out for both floors and walls. With Royal Thin Brick you can add real brick anywhere around the home or business.

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METROBRICK® Fast Ship is TBX Grade thin brick with strict sizing and tolerances. The face is  wire cut texture. Size is modular (21/4″ x 7 5/8″). Corner and edge cap pieces are also available. The program is comprised of seven colors. The color palette includes a charcoal color and two (flashed) range color products. Use METROBRICK anywhere a clean brick finish is desired both indoors and out. Examples include as an accent wall, to change the look of a concrete slab walkway or patio, enhance the appearance of a foundation, or add curb appeal the front of the building.


You can learn more about these and other Metropolitan Ceramics products by visiting www.metroceramics.com

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Now Available, a One-of-a-Kind Slip Resisting Ceramic Tile


Metropolitan Ceramics® introduces a new slip resisting tile, XA Abrasive. XA Abrasive combines two slip resisting additives to create a one-of-a-kind slip resisting tile with a Dynamic Coefficient of Friction ≥ .70. The silicon carbide embedded surface, combined with the metallic additive through the body of the tile, work together to combat the effects of spills, moisture, extreme temperatures, and heavy traffic. Use Quarry Basics® XA Abrasive in the most demanding environments and anywhere durability and slip resistance are important.



Visit the Metropolitan Ceramics website http://www.metroceramics.com for more information.

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Made in the USA for 150 Years


‘Made in the USA’ is not a phrase we take lightly – we have been saying it for 150 years.

As we look forward to the upcoming 4th of July Celebration, it is a great time for us at Ironrock to reflect on a very special anniversary -150 years of making the highest quality brick and ceramic products.

Ironrock is a fifth generation family owned company located in Canton, Ohio. We have a brick making heritage that dates back to 1866. We are the makers of Metropolitan Ceramics® Quarry Tile and two thin brick products – METROBRICK® and Royal Thin Brick®.

In 150 years, our company has seen a lot of the history that makes up the fabric of the United States, and we have made quite a bit of our own.

We are proud to have provided products along the way to help build our country, from road paving bricks that were the foundation of a budding road system, to durable and slip resisting ceramic tile used in countless buildings throughout the country, to thin brick used to clad a wide variety of buildings.

As we celebrate a storied history, we look forward to a bright future and are proud to say we are Made in the USA.

Happy Fourth of July from all of us at Ironrock.


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Next Stop – Coverings 2016

cratesAbove: The crates are in Chicago waiting on us to arrive and set things up for our booth at Coverings 2016 in Chicago April 18th-21st.

Metropolitan Ceramics® will feature the largest variety of unglazed ceramic quarry tile and a brand new tumbled thin brick product line – Royal Thin Brick® at Coverings 2016.

Metropolitan’s booth – #7205 – will display an assortment of grouted quarry tile boards including colors with shade variation, textured finishes, and added slip resisting colors. The booth will also have a waterfall rack of boards displaying the company’s newest product line, Royal Thin Brick.

Metropolitan Ceramics Quarry Tile features through-the-body earth tone color that won’t wear off. The tile is extremely durable and is a favorite for commercial kitchens and any commercial application where durability and slip resistance are primary concerns. Metropolitan Ceramics products are also naturally appealing and are used in homes for areas like walkways, patios, sun-rooms, mudrooms and pool surrounds.

Royal Thin Brick is a brick veneer product that can be installed like ceramic tile. Royal Thin Brick is tumbled after firing to capture the essence of worn reclaimed brick. The Royal Thin Brick® color palette consists of single tones and blends that capture the character of walls built in a bygone era – from rich reds and earthy browns to soft greys and charcoal. All colors are kiln fired and rugged enough to stand up to the harshest environments.

Locally owned and operated in Canton, Ohio USA, Metropolitan Ceramics® parent company, Ironrock celebrates a 150-year history of unmatched quality ceramic tile and brick manufacturing.  Visit www.metroceramics.com.

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