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.
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.
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.