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.
The term encaustic means “to heat or burn in” from an ancient Greek word. Encaustic materials are produced through a process which involves heating to seal in the dyes and clays. Traditional encaustic tiles are made using clay and powdered glazes, and are fired in a coal or wood-fired kiln. The firing process heats the clay and powdered colors to seal in the design and create a hard surface. These types of tiles are technically called ceramic tiles, but many sources and even tile manufacturers have interchangeably referred to them as both ceramic and cement tiles.
They went to France to learn the technique then came back and set up shop in Grenada, starting a factory that makes the eco-friendly, sensational cement tiles. "Not only are these handmade cement tiles strong, durable and scratch and stain resistant, they have a vintage beauty that can be very versatile," says Marcos. "The tiles’ bold patterns and dynamic colors can look just as beautiful in a historic mansion as in a new loft."
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.
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.
If you want to bring about natural look to your kitchen, then concrete tile is a good option. The highly customizable nature of concrete allows you to choose organic shapes and colors. The rough edges of the tiles will add to the natural aesthetic of your new or remodeled kitchen. Cement Kitchen Backsplash will stand strong to the wear and tear of routine life, and maintains its naturality and elegance always.
Hand painted and hand poured tiles are very different from each other and are actually completely different types of tile. While ceramic tiles are hand painted with glazes and pigments, cement tiles are hand poured with the design set into the tile itself. This difference is what makes cement tiles so much more durable and long-lasting than ceramic tiles. But that’s not all cement tiles are good for. They offer many more benefits and can be used in a number of ways both in and outside your home or business. Learn more about the features and benefits of handmade cement tiles here.
Are you ready to begin designing your kitchen refresh and want to choose your cement backsplash tiles? You’ll see that our Echo, Minis, and Andalucia Collections are most recommended for backsplashes. If you see something that you love but you’d like a different color, we can help you personalize the concrete backsplash tiles. And if you have a completely different design you don’t see on our website, our sales team will work with you to create your own custom backsplash tile!
The tone of the tiles depends on the aesthetic you want. If you want something rustic, go for dark floors. For that gray toned cement tiles will look great. You can get polished concrete tiles for a smooth finish on the floor and for easy cleaning as well. It is also the better option for commercial purposes. Lighter tones are better if you want a bright home.
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.
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
With our Euro partner, Mosaico, we provided the tile for this London England UK kitchen and outdoor terrace. We love the clean, crisp look and how the small kitchen is made so much larger by the extension of the matching outdoor terrace. The client wrote, "We love the tiles so much...You can see we have bi-folding doors that lead into the external courtyard area... in the spring and summertime it really open up our little kitchen. We are very pleased with the result."
Handmade by artisans using ancient techniques, glazed Moroccan tiles (known as zellige) are fashioned from organic regional clay and glaze pigments. Because they are hand cut, they feature a distinctive, imperfect profile, which enhances their rustic character and adds a note of exotica to kitchens, baths, fireplace surrounds. Below are a few ideas for sourcing the tiles.
clé celebrates this historic cement tile with our own modern take on a 150 year old tile crafting legacy. each encaustic cement tile is painstakingly hand crafted, one tile at a time, to create solid or patterned tiles formed from pigmented cement. the tiles are not fired in a kiln, but are cured in water for a lasting cement surface that is as stunning in its finish as it is good for the environment.
Pick up the May 2018 issue of House Beautiful and escape to the Bahamas with Tom Scheerer’s enchanting interior design featuring our handcrafted cement tile. Tom Scheerer’s designs are always inspired, and this Caribbean Colonial is no exception. For this project, Scheerer chose to create custom cement tile, “Katie”, in a light and airy colorway. … Continue reading Feel the Breeze with Tom Scheerer in House Beautiful Magazine
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.
Besides the varying manufacturing processes, you may wonder about the biggest differences between encaustic cement and ceramic tiles and why you would choose one over the other. Encaustic cement tiles and ceramic tiles both come in countless patterns and color combinations. They often feature designs inspired by different cultures and architectural influences. They are also both used in many types of projects, from kitchen backsplashes to floors to outdoor spaces to decorative wall features.
Items that state "ships within 10-12 weeks" are made to order, with the 10-12 weeks being the production time. We are not able to expedite the production time as each tile is produced by hand one at a time and then requires time to fully cure so they do not break while in transit. After this 10- 12 week period the order will ship from our warehouse and transit time should be 1-7 business days.
Cement tiles are not fired; there is no glaze layer on the surface of the tile. They derive their durability from the combination of finely dehydrated cement and a more coarse sand/cement layer. The pigment layer is hydraulically pressed into the surface and becomes a part of the tile. The tiles are then soaked in a water bath for 24 hours and then set to dry for another seven days at the factory before they ship to our Los Angeles and Mississippi warehouses, where they are stored before shipping to our customers worldwide.