The maintenance requirements for concrete tiles will vary depending on the application and whether the tiles are used on an exterior or interior surface. For example, concrete tiles used as an interior wall cladding will require very little maintenance, while tiles used on a floor or countertop or on an exterior surface exposed to the elements will require regular cleaning and resealing to keep them looking their best. Read these how-to tips for cleaning concrete floors, countertops, and exterior surfaces.
Concrete tiles are often produced by local manufacturers and use recycled materials, such as crushed glass, recycled aggregates, and silica fume (a byproduct from other industrial processes). In addition, concrete tiles are so durable, they rarely require replacement. If you ever do decide to replace them, the concrete can be recycled. Read more about the eco-friendly benefits of concrete.
Cement tiles were first produced in the South of France in the 1870s. They are known under various names such as Mission tiles, Cuban tiles, Victorian tiles, and hydraulic tiles. Cement tiles are popular in Mediterranean and Latin style spaces and are generally highly patterned with geometric and floral designs. Cement tiles are formed by hand pouring pigmented cement into decorative molds in order to separate the colors. When the cement has been set, the molds are removed and the tile compressed with 2,000 pounds of pressure. The result is an irresistible work of art to create a beautiful kitchen backsplash. Cement tiles are technically concrete tiles since they include aggregates such as marble dust and a layer of sand for reinforcement.
If you are looking for commercial tile flooring for high-traffic areas, we carry many outstanding lines of commercial-grade tile for the floor (and wall) that is stylish and durable for business, industrial, corporate and retail projects. We have many large format tiles for open areas, as well as smaller formats for creating warmth, while maintaining durability and functionality.
Cutting cement tiles takes a bit of extra patience because they’re harder and thicker than the ceramic tiles I’m used to working with. I found that cutting them face-up allowed for fewer chips on the face of the tile. When cutting these beauties, you have to be aware of the pattern. I cut the right and left edges off of 4 tiles. Then I laid these 3″ strips into the backsplash and called my work done.
Sometimes, all a kitchen needs to really pop is just a little bit of color and texture. Our cement tile is designed to maximize on the natural colors and textures inherent in tiles of this style. We hand-press our tile to create deep, rich coloration that is long-lasting as it is elegant. When coupled with the mesmerizing patterns, our cement tiles bring a sense of movement and energy wherever they are applied.
Adding new cement tiles to a bathroom will instantly give it updated style and personality, and can help you create a spa-like environment, or a funky bathroom that really speaks to your taste. You don’t even need to tear everything out and the bathroom sink to make a significant visual impact and add perceived value. And, the best part is, it can often be a DIY job. If you’re wanting to make a real change in your bathroom, we suggest tiling the walls and inside the shower. Don’t know how and worried that you’ll install your concrete tiles incorrectly? Don’t be! Just follow this step-by-step post for tiling a bathroom wall and you’ll have everything you need to do it right.
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.
Cement tiles are very durable and long-lasting, but still need regular maintenance and the right kind of maintenance to keep them in good condition. In this article, we teach homeowners how to properly take care of your cement tiles, and provide maintenance tips, cleanings tips, and tips for removing stains the right way. We also teach cleaning dos and don’ts of concrete tiles and how to re-seal them to maintain their clean, flawless appearance. If you are wanting to take care of your own cement tiles, and would rather save money by maintaining them yourself, this is the how-to article for you.
Clarity is important! Please note: we are not responsible for the accuracy of measuring your project, or for how the materials are utilized. Your tile contractor or building professional is responsible for that. We highly recommend that you communicate clearly, effectively, and often, with your tile contractor and all involved in your tile project design.
The pigment composition is a mixture of high quality white Portland cement, marble powder, fine sand, and natural mineral color pigments. The individual patterns are made by manually applying separate pigments, one by one, in a handmade copper mold. This incredibly delicate and skilled process can only be performed by highly trained artisans with many years of experience creating handmade encaustic cement tile.