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.

The Erica Tanov exclusive collaboration with Clé Tile is a modern take on an historic tile that, over the past 150 years, has been referred to by dozens of names including encaustic cement tiles, concrete tiles, hydraulicos, and cuban tiles. These alluring objects have stood the test of time and have echoed their beauty across many continents. Clé creates one of the finest cement tiles in the world, and this quality still permeates a surface which is muted, varied, matte and silky. Cement tiles' characteristically variegated colors make them one of today's most sought-after tiles for both walls and floors, indoors and out.
When we were looking at cement tiles for our kitchen floor, I had major fear of color, even though we went with blue cabinets (which could be painted any other color). The cement tile floor being our biggest investment in our kitchen renovation, we went safe on color by going black and white (but bold on pattern) knowing it would never truly be out of style or clash with anything else in the room.
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.
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.

we continue to expand our offerings and this year, 2018, is no exception with the launch of over twenty new products. we continue to collaborate and create artisan and designer tiles but we are also digging deep and exploring a myriad of surface materials beyond the world of clay-based products. although clé began solely as an online tile store, six years in, we are opening a studio, showroom and a guild where we will teach young artists how to create artful tile and take the craft to a whole new level.
Juan Rodriguez, our highly skilled artisan, is a third generation expert on the art of encaustic cement tiles. His passion for details, his vast knowledge of the technique and materials, as well as the love he showers on each piece sets his tiles apart. His handmade tiles are truly works of art with subtle variations in each piece that lends them their distinctive charm. You will be impressed by his dedicated work and delighted with his artistic creations.
If you’re looking for an easy and cost-effective way to update or refresh one of the rooms in your home, backsplash tile is a great option. Backsplash tiles offer the perfect pop of color, texture and pattern while adding to the functionality of the kitchen, by protecting the walls from splashes and stains. It’s a small enough area that it won’t overwhelm the space, but it makes a big impact on the entire kitchen.
Whether you’re designing or remodeling a kitchen, bathroom, living room or bedroom, choosing a flooring material can be daunting. From hardwoods to porcelain and ceramic tile, how do you choose? We have one material that comes out ahead of all the rest, and that’s cement tiles. Cement floor tiles are durable, long lasting, scratch-resistant, spill-resistant, and offer a handmade artisan look you just can’t get with any other type of flooring. Learn more about the benefits of concrete floor tiles, and why they should be your first choice.
so this friday, on the perch of the future, clé is committing to the bigger question with our promise of smaller ongoing actions that we trust when woven together will make for bigger results. today, we commit to trying our best to support the greater whole. we commit to not turning away from the harder questions. we commit to sharing ourselves and our resources with those in need. we commit to using our talents to better the world around us. we commit to being better people. we commit to acting out of love and not hate.
We at Villa Lagoon Tile are all aflutter about the current issue of HGTV Magazine. In this July/August 2018 edition, you will be sure to spot the hippest little mid-century pad that just so happens to rock our cement tile! Owners Dave and Brennen together with the online design company Laurel & Wolf reimagined their condo right into … Continue reading Cement Tile: Not Just for the Floor Anymore!
Whether you’re looking to add color, pattern, texture, or a one-of-a-kind feature in your home or business, cement tiles can completely change the look and feel of a space and make it your own. If you have a room, like a kitchen, that is boring and lacks personality, cement tiles will instantly add style and visual interest. And the great thing about that is, you don’t need an expensive full renovation to do it. All you may need are concrete tiles from our cement tile shop to transform your space and turn it from blah to wow, with color and pattern.
The craftsman house involved in the project is over 100 years old. It’s a brown shingle craftsman very typical of the local homes and the owners are bringing it back to life little by little. The owners are both wonderful cooks (she’s French so of course!) and spend a lot of time in their well-used kitchen. The home was updated sometime in the 80’s and was ready for a serious face-lift. The clients wanted to incorporate a French/Moroccan style with the architectural elements of a craftsman. We think they succeeded!
The Ciment hex cement floor and wall tile, Holland strait offers a monochrome gray framing design. These hexagon tiles are set on a 1” cement base where color is poured over it into a mold, pressed in a hydraulic press and baked at extremely high temperatures. These handmade tiles offer natural variations and chips, which are reflections of traditional cement tile. Best for interior floors and walls, these and all cement tiles require sealing. Please refer to the sealing guide provided on...
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.
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.
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