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.
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.
While Granada Tile does not have any physical stores or showrooms, our extensive online cement tile store and information center provides far more convenience and possibilities than you could find in a typical brick-and-mortar store. You can browse each of our collections right in the comfort of your home, or, you can pick and choose the patterns, sizes, and colors of concrete tiles you like best, to create your own custom design. Browse through our blog to get ideas for patterns, combinations, layouts, and applications. And get inspired by the amazing transformations we’ve been a part of in our online Lookbooks.
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...
Acid Resistance Cement tiles should be cleaned with pH neutral cleaners (they are not acid resistant) Use in Wet Areas A high quality effective sealant must be used for surfaces that will be exposed to water (shower, spa, or pool) Installation and Maintenance We highly recommend you hire an specialist in tiles installation. Please check this document for a detailed step by step installation process: How to install and maintain cement tiles Note: Please remember that handmade crafts are not consistent in their dimensions due to the nature of being crafted by hand and a half inch variance should be allowed for in all planning and designing. Also, due to variations in products and monitor settings, images may differ from the actual product.
this has been a constant theme at clé. and recently, we’ve been asking ourselves this question, not just in the way we select our products, support our artists, work with our clients and engage with our team mates. but we’ve also been asking ourselves the bigger question- how can we make a difference every day for one another, in our communities and in our world.
If you’re in the process of designing or remodeling a bathroom, you’ll love to know that cement tiles are not only a stylish option but a practical one for your space. With the ability to withstand moisture and constant use, cement bathroom tiles are great options for both the floors and walls in a bathroom. In this post, learn all the many benefits of choosing cement tiles for bathroom floors and walls, including the shower, the many ways to use them creatively, and our favorite designs that are both classic and trendy. Even if you changed only the tile in your bathroom, you’ll end up with a completely different space!
this page is of particular importance to your encaustic cement tile installation. this is because the highest degree of incidence with cement tile installations are based on failures that occur using the wrong grout or the wrong grouting methods. remember, your tiles are cement and they can be stained with the grout pigment as this pigment is the exact colorant that is used to pigment cement tiles.
The hugely popular series, on the DIY Network, follows host Josh Temple as he tries to find a random customer at a home improvement store that will agree to take him to his/her house to help with a home project. After finding a “troubled” area of the home, Josh surprises the individual by agreeing to do a full remodel of the space. The project is then completed in a few short days with the help of the homeowner and friends.
While hardly a modern material, encaustic tiles are very popular in the home decorating and interior design world. Homeowners of all tastes are turning towards tiles, specifically cement tiles, for their unique patterns, vivid colors, and practical qualities. If you’ve been looking into this endearing material, you may have come across varying terms and descriptions, and some confusion over what you’re actually looking for. Some sources describe encaustic cement tiles, and others say cement tiles aren’t actually encaustic. So which is it?
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!
If you’re looking for a bold-floor look that is sure to be the focus of any room, encaustic tile is a perfect choice. These artistic tiles are made by dying cement tiles with two or more colors using mineral pigments and a mold, creating a beautiful and colorful design. Encaustic tile has a rich history, having been around since medieval times and reaching their height in the 1700–1800s when the tiles were able to be mass produced and became available to the general public. England, which was the historic center of production, still has the greatest amount of encaustic tile floors. When placed together on a floor, encaustic tiles create a repeating pattern that pairs perfectly with neutral wall colors. This look blends old-world style with modern colors and patterns into one unique and timeless tile.
I used them in this kitchen, above, that was installed in a 1920’s Spanish style renovation. It is still one of my favorites. Note: the floor tiles weren’t properly sealed the first time (if at all, I don’t remember and it wasn’t my contractor) so they got really dirty really fast. I had to have them professionally scrubbed and then resealed but they definitely still had a lot of wear from those couple days of no-sealant days. It actually looks great because its an old house but if you had a new house you might not be so into it.
This blog looks fabulous, does not know existed a client recommended to me as I saw the name of our company Brothers Cement Tile Corp. in your post. You did a great job, We are a small factory cement tile handmade in the same way as their birth year 1857. We have our factory in the city of New York and very easy abscess, we have a lot of patterns, where you can choose you want, and be inspired to use the colors you like most
It’s no doubt that cement tiles are a trendy design feature in new and renovated homes nowadays. But in order to make them look their best in a particular space, there are a few considerations to make. Tile size is one of them. In this article, we share our top tips for deciding on the concrete tile size that will work best in your space, to accentuate the right areas and deliver the style you’re going for. You’ll learn how different variations of tile sizes change the way a space looks and feels, and how you can take advantage of that for your unique home or business.
Love cement tiles – have them in my guest bath and fireplace surround – but those puppies are hard to seal properly. Make sure you’ve got somebody who knows what they’re doing. In the bathroom, first guy made a giant mess of the job – specialist had to come in, scrape the bad sealer off and reseal – they ended up with a bit more of a rustic, distressed finish, but it works OK with the style of my house (kinda like Emily’s cloent’s kitchen)
Everything I’ve found online recommends an impregnator/penetrating sealer for cement tiles. Cement tiles are super porous meaning they’ll stain easily, so you have to seal them prior to grouting. I plan to use this sealer product. And then I’ll grout them with either a bright white grout or an off-white grout that matches the field color of the tile. We ended up with 1/4″ grout lines (which is 1/8″ thicker than the manufacturer recommends…oops), so I’ll use a sanded grout. Stay tuned for that.
what colors are suitable for grouting cement tiles? clé always recommends a neutral natural grey (un-pigmented) grout color for all cement tiles. besides being the traditional shade for these historic tiles, the lack of pigment allows for a stain-free installation. another color recommendation is to select the shade that matches closest to the lightest shade in your pattern. CAUTION: many grout manufacturers have begun to pigment their “natural gray” grouts. so be sure your contractor checks with the manufacturer. If there is pigment, your contractor must take care against staining.
During the installation process, cement tile requires a few steps to ensuring it does not get stained from the materials used and will look as great as possible. Sealing the grout is part of this process. This post explains why it’s important to seal grout during the installation process for concrete tiles, and how to do it. If you’re a DIY homeowner researching the process for installing your own cement tiles, don’t forget this step. It will save you time, money, and many headaches down the road. Get all the information you need in this post about sealing the grout for your concrete tiles!