Proper installation and protection of cement tile is key to enjoying its lasting beauty. Please ensure that tile is laid by a licensed tile installer. Encaustic cement tiles are installed in both commercial and residential environments, from restaurants and retail stores to kitchens, bathrooms, shower walls, shower floors, patios, and living areas.
Cement tiles, concrete tiles, ceramic tiles, and porcelain tiles… if you’ve started looking into different tile materials, chances are you’ve gotten a bit confused at all of the options and what makes them better or worse. In your search, a term you may have come across is encaustic. What exactly does it mean, and does it apply to cement and ceramic tiles? In this post, we explain the meaning of encaustic for tiles and how it applies to concrete and ceramic tiles. If you have any confusion over this term, or simply how ceramic tiles and cement tiles are made, this post is for you.
clé is a modern online tile boutique where we offer a myriad of tiles ranging from wood-fired glazed surfaces, artists' collaborations to everyday basics. We have a profound love for tile and our aim is to broaden everyone's appreciation of this material so that they see beyond the backsplash and recognize tile as an artful, provocative and interactive facet of our everyday surroundings. If it's well-crafted and artfully designed, it will stand the test of time.
Some tiles are hand-pressed, others machine pressed. The hand-pressed can be more delicate or fragile because the pressing can be inconsistent. I'm not saying all hand-pressed are to be avoided, you can simply get better consistency when they are hydraulically pressed. If you're getting them from a large manufacturer, they are likely hydraulically pressed.
since our beginning at clé, we have become known for our tile collaborations with artists and designers, however, it is our long-term aim to broaden everyone's concept of tile and to transform it from being a functional backdrop to a more artful, provocative facet of our surroundings. to that end we have sought out heirloom quality tiles from across the globe. our tile offerings now extend from classic moroccan zellige (which we helped put on the map in the US), glazed raku-fired tiles from Vietnam, rustic italian terracotta and carrara stone to thin clay bricks domestically sourced.

When I got to my local tile shop to pick out something in person, I couldn't resist one last look. In my research, I'd learned all about "patina" that develops over time. Patina doesn't sound so bad, even though I know perfectly well from my zinc countertop that patina is sometimes just a nice way of saying it shows every little mark and scuff for years and years until it's old and then and only then is it actually a desirable thing. I admired the cement tiles on display, and asked the consultant working with me about them. Even she didn't want to sell them to me, or to anyone, for that matter.
Months ago, when Andy and I were considering a complete gut-renovation of the kitchen in BHH, I started to do some poking around on Pinterest and pinning favorites on our kitchen ideas board. I noticed a trend in most of my choices. I like decorative tile.  That surprised me. Initially, I really only considered white subway tile.  It is clean, classic, and easy to find.  It would bridge the decorating gap between our 1800s home and a new modern kitchen.  However, once I saw all of the beautiful tile choices available, I could not get the idea of something with a lot more punch than subway tile out of my head.
To prevent staining, it is advisable to seal concrete tile surfaces with a penetrating sealer before grouting. This will also make it easier to spread the grout and assist in cleanup. To provide Lasting protection from environment elements and stains V-SEAL Concrete Sealers, in partnership with Villa Lagoon Tile, have introduced a sealing process specifically engineered for encaustic cement tile, learn more.
If this tile reminds you of a flashy belt buckle, you’re not imagining things. The design of the Swashbuckler was actually inspired by the shape of a belt, loop and buckle. This idea was then transformed into an abstract design consisting of concentric ovals in tonal greys and featuring a central diamond design. Make a statement on your walls or floors with this unique encaustic tile.
It is not necessary to install Concrete Backsplash Tile or Cement Backsplash Tile matching with concrete countertops but it is usually done this way to add more consistency to the kitchen design. When backsplashes are made of concrete tiles, there is more freedom for matching colors, patterns and shapes. Cement kitchen tiles offer more durability, strength and beauty than any other tile or wood type.
Zellij is a remarkable source for all your tile needs. The staff have passion for design and believe in providing exceptional service all their clients. Faissel and the rest of the staff are constantly searching for unique and exciting materials, finding the perfect match for what the client needs. If you are in the need for tile, stone etc.  Please visit the showroom where all  beautiful products can be viewed. This is the place if you want to create a beautiful home. Thank you.
While kitchen backsplash materials typically consist of glass, wood, metals and stone, cement tile backsplashes have become popular due to several benefits. They are environmentally friendly in that they are comprised of natural components, and since they are not fired, no fossil fuels have been burned in their production. They have also been created with natural pigments. They are customizable since each tile has been hand crafted. If you do not see a color combination, shape or size you like in stock, the manufacturer can simply create one to fit your needs. The tile backsplash creates a protective shield over the wall in your kitchen which helps prevent damage from spills and splatters. Tile is so much easier to clean and keep clean. Tiles come in a handy size for relatively simple installation.

and we invite all of you to take your own baby steps toward the future you believe in. we hope you might use today as your own launch toward taking action to make a difference in the world and the lives around you. the point being, we believe little steps daily, and monthly can add up to a lot of steps yearly. if we can all take small actions every day- they can only amount to big changes.
When installing tile in your home, you're no longer limited to run-of-the-mill factory-produced ceramic, porcelain, or vinyl floor tiles. A new budget friendly, versatile, and long-lasting alternative is precast concrete tile, custom made for your application. Concrete tile can be used just about anywhere, indoors or out, including floors, walls, fireplace surrounds, pools and patios, shower enclosures, countertops, backsplashes, and building façades. In many cases, concrete tile sizes, finishes, and colors can be customized to suit your design needs.
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Does that necessarily make it bad? I grilled the tile pro who did beautiful things with subway and hex tiles in our third floor Airbnb bathroom. James Taylor has been tiling for almost 20 years and there were no ifs, and, or buts when it came to his feelings about cement tile. "I don't even know why it was ever made, to be honest with you," he said.
Used in Moroccan exterior backyards, roof flooring, walls and other areas, this handcrafted tiles comes in solid or patterened 8” x 8” with a 5/8” thickness. With its great durability, once sealed this tile is used for vacious spaces to create pattern throughtout the space. It comes in different colors and could be custom made to suit your requirements.
Many believe that concrete tiles are simply made of cement. However, they are a mixture of multiple ingredients. While the main binding agent is cement, it also includes sand and rocks or crushed stone of different kinds. Different kinds of concrete tiles use different amounts of cement proportion. A right percentage of Portland cement comprises from 10 to 15 percent alkalis, sulfates, and chlorides are what make up the best concrete tiles. Through a process called hydration, a hardening process of cement and water to make concrete gets stronger and continues for years. The strong concrete tiles look like plastic when they are freshly made. However, once they set, they are the hardest and strongest material you’ll ever find.

pink has gone crazy at clé. mostly because it's going through the roof, everywhere. it is the season for shades of pink and red afterall (valentine's day). we were compelled to create a pink pinboard and found that once we started our pinboard, there was nooooooo turning back- today a peek at our "pin-k board" and some of our favorite shades of pink and red zellige tiles...  
Every design in the Traditional Collection can be customized. Pick a design and select the colors. With a 300 square foot minimum, it’s made and shipped directly to you. This collection is made up of a series of designs and color schemes that are sought by designers, architects, and homeowners around the world. Our cement tile is of an excellent quality and manufactured in Mexico.
We are thrilled that the show used our Bouquet II pattern in an episode of this season’s show. The episode is titled “Arched Mediterranean Kitchen” (Season 11, Episode 2) and follows a couple as they get a complete kitchen renovation. Our handmade cement tile is used on the kitchen backsplash to create a unique centerpiece for the space. The Bouquet cement tile pattern blends in perfectly with the new kitchen’s Mediterranean theme.
Making the cuts and setting each row took such a long time that I kept having to add more water to the mortar. Even though I had the bucket covered with a wet towel, it dried out quickly. The whole process came to a screeching halt every time I needed to attend to the mortar. I was really wishing for a tiling partner after a few hours into this project. Future tile jobs will be two-person jobs around here.
pink has gone crazy at clé. mostly because it's going through the roof, everywhere. it is the season for shades of pink and red afterall (valentine's day). we were compelled to create a pink pinboard and found that once we started our pinboard, there was nooooooo turning back- today a peek at our "pin-k board" and some of our favorite shades of pink and red zellige tiles...  

this step is not required, however, after the grout is dry (usually after 48 hours) you may elect to use a 17” floor polisher with a sand screen pad over the green pad to clean and finish the cement tiles. you will want to wet the floor enough so that the floor polisher is always working on a wet surface. This step will take care and experience so only proceed if your contractor has used this step in the past.

and so, in an attempt to meet the bigness of this question with a response that we could actually muster, we realized that the best solution might not be the grandest. perhaps we can take baby steps toward a future we can all support. let’s not get frightened to make a difference when the future looks bleak. even the smallest action can lead to a bigger outcome, especially when joined with efforts from one another.

Browse through our Floor Tiles in our Gallery and you’ll see that encaustic cement floor tiles transform a space, no matter if that space is modern and bold, eclectic and bohemian, or fun and colorful. At Granada Tile, we offer traditional encaustic floor tiles made with both bright  and subtle colors and intricate patterns as well as bold geometric designs and clean lines.
MeaLu Casablanca 8" x 8" Cement Field Tile in Blue transform spaces into works of art. Reminiscent of century-old encaustic tiles, cement tiles have been handcrafted by artisans for decades. The designs and colors create a beautiful and durable surface that is more aesthetically appealing than basic cement or drywall, and more durable and eco-friendly than wood or laminate flooring. Because this is handmade tile, there are characteristics to be expected including variations in size, thickness...
The divider is set into the mold. This is what will separate the colors to create the surface of the concrete tile. Each color is poured into its specific section of the divider. Once each color section is filled, the divider is removed and a mixture of fine sand and Portland cement is applied. This is the second layer and is used as a drier and to reinforce the first layer of the cement tile.
Next roundup idea: super-slender console tables! You know how sometimes you need something that doesn’t have a big footprint, in a narrow older hallway or odd room? I’d love to see a roundup of consoles that are less than a foot deep, and bonus points if you include some that have storage and aren’t just gorgeous expensive art-furniture that I can’t cram wet gloves into.
Cement tiles are undoubtedly one of the most stylish and sought after home materials of the design world today. They add artisan-quality color and pattern in a space that just can’t be recreated with any other material. Not even ceramic or porcelain tiles match up. If you have a building or remodeling project you want to tackle in your home or business, be sure to consider cement tile floors. This project makes a big visual impact in a space, without taking over the other elements. It can also be a DIY project, which saves you money. Learn about the many benefits of cement tile floors here and get inspired.
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