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 

Outdoor tile and thin brick products


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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 and six blends. 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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Metropolitan Ceramics and LEED v4


By the fall of 2016, LEED Version4 will be implemented. If they haven’t already, architects will soon begin asking for product information as it relates to meeting this standard. Below is a brief overview of Metropolitan Ceramics and LEED V4.
LEED v4 and Metropolitan Ceramics by credit category


Building Life Cycle Impact Reduction – Metropolitan Ceramics products have a 60+ year lifespan and can last the life of the building.

Product Disclosure {Environmental Product Declarations} – Metropolitan Ceramics has taken part in an industry-wide EPD, available to download @metroceramics.com

Product Disclosure {Source of Raw Material} – Metropolitan Ceramics products contain pre-consumer recycled waste material. Metropolitan Ceramics products can be reused or salvaged.

Product Disclosure {Material Ingredients} – Metropolitan Ceramics products are fired in kilns at temperatures above 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit and meet the criteria of inert ceramic material.

Construction and Demolition Waste Management – Metropolitan Ceramics products are inert material after firing and can be reused or reclaimed as fill or road bed material. Sizing of the product is such that there is little job site waste of material.


Low Emitting Materials- Ceramic tile is cited as an “inherent non emitting source” for this credit. Metropolitan Ceramics may be used for this credit without testing.

Construction Indoor Air Quality – Metropolitan Ceramics products are VOC- free and are resistant to mold and mildew.

Indoor Air Quality Assessment – Metropolitan Ceramics products are inert. They are VOC- free and are formaldehyde free.

Thermal Comfort- The thermal mass of Metropolitan products allows them to aid in creating a more consistent indoor environment.

Interior Lighting- Metropolitan Ceramics makes light color quarry tile for both floor and wall use.


Open Space- The durability, freeze/thaw resisting, and slip resisting properties of Metropolitan quarry tile makes it an excellent paving material. The color palette consists of natural earth tones.

Heat Island Reduction- Metropolitan Ceramics makes light color quarry tile. Metropolitan quarry tile is an excellent paving material.


Integrative Process- Metropolitan Ceramics quarry tile is part of a flooring installation system, one that has been shown to be extremely durable and low maintenance.


Optimize Energy Performance – The thermal mass of Metropolitan Ceramics products helps in the moderation of indoor temperature swings.


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Metropolitan Ceramics is Now Offering an AIA CES Approved Course

Metropolitan Ceramics is now an AIA CES Registered Provider and is offering a new course worth (1) AIA Learning Unit (LU).


The course discusses the importance of using the appropriate floor covering products for demanding floor environments like commercial kitchens. The course gives participants important insight into: understanding what constitutes a demanding environment, examining the flooring options available, and setting criteria for a floor coverings suitability for use in these environments. Through comparison, discussing manufacturing processes, learning about raw materials, and viewing installation examples, attendees are better able choose the correct flooring for demanding environments.

Contact Clare Thomas – cthomas@ironrock.com if you are interested in having this course presented to your group.

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Metropolitan Ceramics® Meets the Needs of These Demanding Applications

Industrial applications need an extremely durable floor product. These floors need to handle spills of all sorts- including chemicals. They need to perform in extreme temperatures with heavy industrial equipment and foot traffic moving over them. And through all of this they have to remain maintenance friendly and last for decades. Only one flooring product will meet all these demands at an economical price-point. Metropolitan Ceramics®, with its extruded and hard fired body is the right choice for industrial applications. And Metropolitan offers a 6” x 9” x 3/4” paver product – METRO®PAVERS for the most demanding areas. To follow are two examples of Metropolitan Ceramics products in use in industrial applications.


The Founder’s Brewery in Grand Rapids, Michigan installed Metropolitan Ceramics #310 Mayflower Red 6×6 throughout their brewery’s production area. This quarry tile will stand up to the harsh conditions and provide a maintenance friendly, slip resisting floor for decades of service.


Mission Foods® is the largest tortilla manufacturer in the United States, providing tortilla products for supermarkets and restaurants throughout the country. In their plant in Pendergrass, Georgia, Mission Foods installed 6″ x 9″ x 3/4″ METROPAVERS in their production facility. According to the plant manager, the pavers provide employees with an improved working area when compared with the existing concrete slab. Happy with the results, Mission Foods is now using METROPAVERS in other facilities throughout the country.

For more information about the complete Metropolitan Ceramics product line visit the Metropolitan web site. http://www.metroceramics.com

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