Hardwoods are beautiful and go with all different styles of homes, but are high maintenance and need to be refinished every handful of years. Cement floor tiles don’t ever need to be refinished, and they don’t show scratches, scuffing, and fading like hardwoods. Cement tiles are great for every room in your home, including high-traffic areas, and are practical and cost-efficient for a busy commercial space.
Side note: Using a blade attachment on your power drill makes the job of mixing mortar easy, but be careful. The first few times I tried to mix the mortar, the blade was so powerful that it spun the bucket and slammed it into my shins. In order to keep this from happening again, I wedged the bucket between the front steps and my sneakers. Even then, it took a lot of muscle to hold it in place.
"We create tiles in collaboration with individual artists and with artisans from around the world. We are perpetually on the lookout for new finishes and it often takes at least a good year (or more) to bring a line to market . We were the first to really promote the Moroccan tile, zellige in the US. It took a while for people to embrace the imperfections but now it is one of the hottest items we sell."
Bathrooms: I just installed these tiles from Erin Adams design in my own bathroom and my search for those is what started this whole thing. Most cement tiles will work either on the floor or walls of your bathroom, but check with the manufacturer as some tiles will need to be sealed before they get a lot of foot traffic and water on them. Again, seal them after install and ideally keep sealing every couple years as needed.
This series of solid-colored encaustic tiles was created so that there’s always something to perfectly coordinate with any patterned encaustic. Use encaustic white cement tiles alone to make a monochromatic statement or mix and match with other solids and patterns to design a unique room. Even the solid colors of these wall and floor tiles will have natural variation and interest because they are hand mixed before being poured.
The apparent simplicity of the Rogue Hex encaustic tile is deceptive. Inspired by tessellations, or repeated, close-fitting polygons, the diamonds and triangles on this hexagon tile can be flipped in different directions to create cubes and other geometric designs. Design a chic black-and-white accent wall or entryway floor with timeless style using 8" x 9" Rogue encaustics.
we recommend using our unglazed tile grout. our timberwolf is natural grey in color and has the least amount of pigment. steer clear of permacolor grouts that will stain the tile. ideally tile spacing should be set at 1/16 inch - as tight as possible - to keep the pattern flow. for any cement tile we always recommend miracle's 511 porous plus as a sealant.
Trends come and go; what is popular and beautiful today, is second best tomorrow in the design world. So it’s no surprise if you’re feeling a little skeptical to use patterned cement tiles in your home, and worried that this fad will be yet another passing trend. But cement tiles are here to stay. In fact, they never left. Cement tiles have been used for over 150 years in grand residences and public buildings.
All patterns depicted are available as custom tile using our South Beach Collection color palette. You can ensure availability and choose your own colors with custom tile if your schedule can permit 10-14 weeks for production and delivery. While our custom tile does have a slightly different price schedule, pricing is similar, and sometimes lower with custom tile. Custom tile requires a 50 square foot minimum order (small order fees may apply below 100 square feet).
Backsplash tiles are usually small to medium sized tiles and can be ceramic, porcelain or cement. They are meant to provide a water-resistant and durable barrier between the wall of the kitchen and all of the messes from cooking. Backsplash tiles help to prevent staining and water damage on the wall, and provide a stylistic touch with the nearly unlimited amount of colors, sizes, shapes, and patterns to choose from.
Entry: Yes. You can put cement tiles in your entry but it certainly sets the vibe for the whole house. If you have again a Mediterranean or a Spanish style house then go for it, but if you have an English Tudor, then be careful what pattern you go for and choose one that has a more delicate, traditional feeling. Also anything too light or simple will get worn easier so go for darker/busier so that the wear and tear doesn’t stand out so much.
Talk to the contractors who make concrete tiles (see our list of resources) and they'll be able to find a way to produce the look that fits your budget parameters and design needs. Craig Smith, owner of Dex Industries in Atlanta, a company that designs and builds concrete countertops, custom tiles, and more, says, "Not only can we produce elegant tile designs, we can do shorter runs than are possible for a ceramic tile maker."
TERRA ARTESANA ~ HOME TO MEXICAN DÉCOR MEXICAN ARTS, MEXICAN TILES, COPPER SINKS & MUCH MORE Terra Artesana brings you the creative beauty of Mexico directly from the artisan’s hands to your home. Our copper kitchen sinks, talavera tiles and talavera toilet, frost proof tiles, copper bathtubs, decorative tiles, mural tiles designs are personally selected. We ensure you receive the highest quality at an affordable price while keeping the artisans' traditions and profession alive. Let our stunning Aztec calendars, Mexican tile designs or bronze sinks add to the style and vibrancy of your world.
We now stock 4″ x 4″ solid colors of our handmade cement tile in black, white and grey. These smaller tiles work great for kitchen backsplashes, bathrooms, shower floors and bar areas. They also look amazing when mixed together with our larger 8″ or 12″ solid cement tiles and coordinate with many of our most popular patterns. The possibilities are endless!
Reminiscent of century-old encaustic tiles, MeaLu 8" x 8" Cement Field Tile in Matte Gray/White 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. This MeaLu 8" x 8" Cement Field Tile in Matte Gray/White add to many design styles including Spanish style home decor, Hacienda, Spanish Colonial, Modern and...
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.
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.
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The main difference between concrete and ceramic tiles is, unlike ceramic tiles, the design of cement tiles isn’t painted on top of the tile, but is a solid part of the tile itself. Ceramic tiles are made with color pigments on the surface and topped with a glaze. The fact that the design is applied to the top of the tile is what causes ceramic tiles to scratch and fade. The manufacturing process of concrete tiles is what gives them their strength and resistance to the typical wear and tear you see on ceramic tiles.
Thanks, Julia. I think it feels traditional too. Right now, I think I will just leave the backsplash painted rather than add anything else. I may change my mind down the road. The area behind the sink is actually too narrow for any sort of backsplash at all. There is a window right there, and the apron goes down within an inch or two of the countertop.
Concrete tiles are best known for their unmatched durability that has been used in houses and buildings since the end of the 19th century. The mixture of cement, sand, and water and their preparation in a specific pressure makes them extremely long lasting. Since concrete tiles have color inlaid in them, they are called encaustic concrete tiles. Concrete tiles are pretty versatile. From homes to offices to dams, they work everywhere due to their strength. They come in the incredible amount of colors, designs, and patterns. You can choose the perfect one according to the requirement of your surroundings. You can find concrete tiles in any color or pattern in our tile store.
In the whole process of building a boutique hotel from scratch - including the construction, media and interior design - Granada Tile was by far our most professional partner. We envisioned a place created with Nicaraguan resources and Granada Tile is preserving history and formatting it in a contemporary way as we did. The quality of the tiles is outstanding and we would reckon they will still be there in hundreds of years. There is just one way to go when you are looking for original high quality cement tiles.
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.
in 2009 when artist and designer, deborah osburn began her blog, ‘tile envy’, she did so because no one else was talking about tile at the time. ‘tile envy’ quickly garnered an avid following and when readers started to ask how to source the unique artisan tiles she was featuring, deborah found herself launching an online tile shop in 2012 aptly named clé (pronounced 'clay') tile. selling tiles solely online seemed audacious at a time when tile stores were still deeply rooted in the showroom experience, however, architects, designers and design-savvy customers proved they were happy to have access to a wider array of decorative tiles and the online boutique took off.
Cement tiles have been revered for their unmatched durability, crack and chip-resistance, waterproof finish, and incredible amount of designs and possibilities available for years. Hard wood floors continue to be a popular choice among home and business owners for their perceived value and aesthetic. However, hard woods are limited in use, and while they look gorgeous at first, they can quickly become scratched, faded, and warped due to water damage. Ceramic tiles are a lovely alternative to hard woods but history has shown us that they aren’t the most durable option either. The cement tiles at Granada Tile are hand-poured and set by an immense amount of pressure to create a nearly impenetrable product. They come in so many more looks than hard woods, and eliminate virtually all of the associated concerns of wood floors and ceramic tile.