if clé cement tiles are pre-polished and pre-sealed, why do I have to use a grout release? clé is pleased to offer cement tiles that are pre-polished and pre-sealed. if you have witnessed the difference in cement tiles without this hand-rubbed finish, you know that clé cement tiles’ smooth finish helps our tiles through transportation blemishes and the first stages of installation care. HOWEVER, grouts are very problematic to cement tiles and taking extra care against staining is essential to success. please be sure to ALWAYS use grout release.
The tile you’re probably most used to seeing is ceramic tile, but we want to redirect your focus to another type of tile that has the same beauty but comes with many more benefits. Cement tile is made from an entirely different process than ceramic tiles, with a hard-wearing mixture of mineral powder, cement, sand, and color pigment. It is compressed with about 2,000 pounds of hydraulic pressure, and the design becomes a part of the tile, not simply glazed or painted on the surface. Ceramic tiles are made with clays and glazes and are fired in kilns and don’t offer the same level of resiliency. Cement tiles have proven to be more durable and long-lasting than ceramic tiles and show less wear and tear over time. Backsplash cement tiles are also water-resistant and stain-resistant when sealed properly.
There is only 60 pieces left of the pattern I want, and I need 120 pieces:  The sale only applies to the tile that is in stock and only while stock lasts.  There are challenges with ordering more tile from a different lot and we do not recommend it.  If your project requires more please reach out to us at contact@cletile.com with your project needs.
The Monsieur encaustic tile brings the chic French style of bold patterns and soft lines to your home’s walls and floors. A grey and black outline accentuates the unique arabesque shape, ensuring that this tile stands out wherever it’s used. The perfect complement to the black Mademoiselle arabesque tile, pair them together for a bold checkerboard effect.
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 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.
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.

Every design in the Traditional Collection can be customized. Pick a design and select the colors. With a 300 square foot minimum, it’s made and shipped directly to you. This collection is made up of a series of designs and color schemes that are sought by designers, architects, and homeowners around the world. Our cement tile is of an excellent quality and manufactured in Mexico.


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.
this week we are continuing our celebration of mixing high/lo to give you design inspiration for any project no matter your budget. these mesmerizing pairings of our artists' tile collection mixed with our clé classics are the perfect start to help you create your own dream tile combinations. whether you are creating a space with your pennies or your black american express clé has tile options for you. 

To deliver your beautiful tiles, an appointment will be required. Once shipped from our warehouse and arrived at the nearest service center, our freight company will call to schedule a delivery appointment. You must be ready to receive your tile shipment at anytime within the lead time associated with your order.  Please note that if they are unable to contact you within 48 hours, storage fees will begin to accrue and tiles will not re-ship until all fees and shipping costs have been invoiced and paid by the customer.
LE MOSAISTE teamed up with interior designer and new neighbor Paul L’Esperance (www.lesperancedesign.com), best known for his award-winning work on the 22 million dollar restoration of The Leland Stanford Mansion. The joint effort took the design of the new showroom into a direction that complements the elegant and organic qualities of the company’s artisan zellige tiles. The idea behind the décor was to pay tribute to the origin of the tiles while hinting at their versatility. The term that comes to mind is “Moroccan modern”.
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.
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.
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.

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.

With countless design options ranging from simple tones and curves to vibrant tones and bold designs, concrete and cement tiles from Westside Tile & Stone, Inc. provide an affordable tile flooring and design options, combinations, layouts, and applications. Since we are professional concrete tile contractors in greater Los Angeles area, we can offer you the best deals and varieties.

Inspired by the intricate natural beauty of a spiderweb, the 8" x 9" Gold Widow Hex tile transforms into a work of abstract art when it’s installed on your walls or floors. Cobalt blue and golden yellow contrast beautifully, perfect for adding the rich appeal of jewel tones to any room. The geometric design of this encaustic tile comes alive as a diamond motif lending modern appeal to entryways, kitchens, bathrooms and more. 

Residential cement tiles are the latest trend and must-have product in countless home decorating publications. They are quickly gaining popularity for their various benefits, which include incredible durability, versatility, and unmatched amount of design and customization opportunities. Homeowners everywhere are looking to add residential concrete tiles into their space to add beauty, style, and practicality that will last through the decades.
"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."
Unless your backyard space is livable and inviting, you probably don’t spend as much time in it as you’d like. The key to making a backyard more comfortable is to create a living space that brings the indoors, out. Our favorite way to do this? Tile a space in the backyard with durable and beautiful cement floor tiles. Add in comfortable furniture and an outdoor fireplace or an outdoor kitchen, and you’ve got a recipe for the ultimate backyard living space. Learn all the ways cement tiles are great for an outdoor living space, why they are better than pavers and poured concrete, and some ideas for how to bring them into your backyard.
not typically a fan of shades of green, we decided to begin to collect emerald-colored images onto a pinboard to see if they continued to capture our curiosity. we can’t believe it’s already managed to become one of our favorite pinboards. inspired by these beautiful images we have added green colorways to many of our cement patterns and even our watermark! who knew shades of green would capture us and our clients curiosity in such a big way? 
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.
NOTE: This is hand-made, rustic cement tile. With cement tile of this nature, there will be color and texture variations from piece to piece. Color shading can vary even on a single tile. Chips or texture variations may exist. This is normal and not considered a defect for handmade tiles. It is advised to order all cement tile needed for a project. Subsequent orders can come in with shade variations. Samples of colors ordered can vary from actual shading or product received in a final ordered placed. Average lead time for most cement tile orders is approximately 4-8 weeks. Please inquire about current lead times prior to ordering.
if you are using tiles in kitchens, bathrooms, showers, restaurants and lobbies (all high-traffic areas) even after sealing cement tiles- you should expect a degree of patina as your tiles slowly acclimate to their location. if you are not familiar with unglazed surfaces that will age with time (such as limestones, terracottas, marbles etc) and are not a fan of patina, then you may want to select another tile.

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.


**So glad** you mentioned Villa Lagoon! Lundy (the most gorgeous, both in body and heart), the owner, helped me with our laundry room (now changing room) project eight years ago. I wanted a colorful crazy quilt and Lundy definitely ensured I got what I wanted, including a good mix of black to help ground the pattern(s). I did investigate Popham but back then they were still only in Morocco, not yet in the US with Ann Sacks, and, while lovely, they were (are?) a bit more mod than I wanted (although I do like their Rings) and MUCH more $$$ than Villa Lagoon.
Any chance you’re going to show some in process shots of building your range hood? Yours looks exactly like the shape I want to build. I’ve been promising a range hood in the kitchen for years and I have the fan and liner in the basement now but haven’t added the electrical or decided on the exact design. I love the idea of plaster or tile but keep thinking I should do painted wood because it will be easier.
Sometimes, all a kitchen needs to really pop is just a little bit of color and texture. Our cement tile is designed to maximize on the natural colors and textures inherent in tiles of this style. We hand-press our tile to create deep, rich coloration that is long-lasting as it is elegant. When coupled with the mesmerizing patterns, our cement tiles bring a sense of movement and energy wherever they are applied.

why do you caution against using permacolor grouts? Permacolor grouts are the newest iteration of grout development. it’s really great for color-fast qualities, however everything that makes it color fast is a demon to your beautiful cement tiles. first, the grout is colored with more intense pigments that will stain any unglazed stone, cement or unglazed tile. second, it is fast drying and less viscous than standard grouts and therefore there is a greater possibility of leaving a grout film. should grout film develop on your installation, it is generally irreparable.
The kitchen remodel is creeping along. We have discovered that even hiring out most of the project to the Lowe’s remodeling team does not mean that we can escape the fact that the last 10% of all remodeling projects seems to take 90% of the time. At this stage of the kitchen renovation, it is a joint venture of paid projects and DIY.  We are playing a game of project ping-pong with Lowe’s.  I serve the ball to them, and they complete their tasks. They lob it back over the net to us, and it is our turn to work. With this pattern firmly established,  we all stay on task. Last week, when the ball was back on our side of the table, I completed the cement tile backsplash

clé creates one of the finest cement tiles in the world. each tile is hand made, one at a time, beginning with natural pigments hand-poured into molds then reinforced with concrete. the hand-crafted tile is then left to cure creating a silky, matte surface. available in a variety of shapes and patterns it is the tile’s variegated colors that sets it apart and makes clé’s cement tiles one of today's most sought after for both walls and floors.
At Riad Tile, we take a great deal of pride in our tile and the people who make them, so we work hard to create the finest products possible. Each of our handmade tiles reflects the effort spent to create them, so we thoroughly enjoy seeing put into action in new and creative ways. A tile backsplash is a practical and stylish way to enjoy our tiles and show off your design preferences. Feel free to contact us and receive a sample of our tile today!

this step is not required, however, after the grout is dry (usually after 48 hours) you may elect to use a 17” floor polisher with a sand screen pad over the green pad to clean and finish the cement tiles. you will want to wet the floor enough so that the floor polisher is always working on a wet surface. This step will take care and experience so only proceed if your contractor has used this step in the past.
One popular use of concrete tiles is mixing them with hardwoods in a more casual and eclectic entertainment space. Transition from hardwood floors to tile for a more food-and-drink-friendly space by placing honeycomb tiles piece by piece until they form a complete transition. The look is one that blends two totally different flooring materials in a cool and unexpected way.
This is a modern style kitchen with a display of classical black and white color tones. The kitchen features 8″×8″ Moroccan cement tile backsplash creates an astonishing wallpaper effect with its daring black and white design. While the Superwhite granite counter tops negotiates the glossy white color transition with the large size dark charcoal porcelain tiles on the kitchen floor.

I have to admit I chuckled a little hearing that it’s national ceramic tile day. Is there anything without a national day? This post is an absolute godsend. There’s about 10 different placed in my home that I want to add ceramic tile to. We have a midcentury raised ranch that is so cookie-cutter-vanilla-suburbia it makes me want to cry. I need to add some (appropriate) spice to this house ASAP!

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.

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