Many believe that concrete tiles are simply made of cement. However, they are a mixture of multiple ingredients. While the main binding agent is cement, it also includes sand and rocks or crushed stone of different kinds. Different kinds of concrete tiles use different amounts of cement proportion. A right percentage of Portland cement comprises from 10 to 15 percent alkalis, sulfates, and chlorides are what make up the best concrete tiles. Through a process called hydration, a hardening process of cement and water to make concrete gets stronger and continues for years. The strong concrete tiles look like plastic when they are freshly made. However, once they set, they are the hardest and strongest material you’ll ever find.
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!
Tiles are a great material to include in your kitchen remodel or refresh and they’re one of the most visually stunning and practical products you can find. You can place them on the floors for a durable foundation for the high traffic area, and on the backsplash to make clean-up easier and faster. If you’re planning a total renovation of your kitchen, then be sure to include tile in your plans. And if you’re simply wanting to spruce up an outdated kitchen, start with the backsplash and look at the many tile options before you head right to other more expensive changes. Kitchen backsplash tile is a small and easy way to instantly change the entire look and feel of your kitchen.
Jordan Design-Build Group is a full-service residential design-build firm serving the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. For a recent remodel project a client wanted to go big and bold in the kitchen whilst maintaining an eclectic style. Using our Patchwork Random selection of colorful cement tiles, they created a ceiling-high backsplash that acts as the focal point of the room. (All photos © 2015 Stacy Zarin-Goldberg Photography.)

At Zia Tile, our goal is to deliver perfect handmade encaustic cement tile to every project. We work with designers, contractors, developers, and DIY homeowners nationwide on projects of all sizes. We manufacture standard 8” x 8” handmade encaustic cement tile and can customize colors or designs to suit any style. Our cement tiles are handmade by artisans on 3 continents with generations of experience in producing encaustic cement tiles with lasting quality and beauty.
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