What are cement tiles, and where can you use them?
Cement tiles are handmade encaustic tiles made with cement, dye colors, and patterns. They come in plain colors as well as intricate designs. Old Parisian or Spanish towns, as well as Sicilian cities, used these tiles.
French settlers took this tradition to Vietnam, and it became a hot trend in Asia as well. They are handmade and quite challenging to make. In addition, it takes several days for them to dry in natural conditions. Unlike many other tile manufacturing, there is no good way to dry these tiles faster. They have two layers to it. The support layer or bottom part is made out of more durable aggregate materials, and the top part is more refined. It is easier to provide a strong tile with vibrant colors and fine grade cement.
Country Floors cement tiles are 5/8″ in thickness, and more than half of it is the fine cement part. This process makes our tiles a much better quality. Besides, our tiles use real fine German Bayer color dyes so that colors are much more deep and exciting. We use different types and sizes of chips if the design is more country like our Arco Baleno collection. These tiles have more of a terrazzo look to them, and they create a better aesthetic.
Finally, we polish or hone our tiles In an automatic polishing line so that surface is very smooth and superior.
Our founder Norman Carlson was one of the first pioneers of these tiles in the US Market. He traveled to Spain and Italy and discovered the best hand made shops.
Country Floors carries a fantastic selection of cement tiles. We have plain colors as well as traditional patterns. In our opinion, they look the best with conventional European tile patterns. Vibrant colors contribute to extraordinary design environments.
Cement tiles are used in residential and commercial tiling applications. For residential purposes, you can use them in apartment entryways like in Old Barcelona buildings or inside kitchens. They are thicker than typical tiles and may have limited use in narrow wall installations.
For commercial applications, you can use them in restaurants, commercial kitchens, Bars, and many other hotels.
Cement tile limitations:
Cement tiles are relatively absorbent, and it must be sealed with multiple coats of a good sealer like Fila. Traditional cement tiles were not honed. The traditional method of installing these was hand polishing them after installation. These tiles came with a 1/8″ thick cement residue built on top of the tile. Installers had to polish or hone these tiles on site. This was a difficult process and created all kinds of problems.
It will absorb the sealant fast, and you may have to do it multiple times. They can stain, and you have to keep that in mind. These tiles have a natural patina to it. It will show wear and tear more naturally than many other tiles of similar limitations.
Classical tile patterns like floral tile patterns or Moroccan tile patterns come in multiple colors of red and green. You can also customize these with colors of your choosing ( subject to minimum order quantity.)
Another late trend has been using these patterns in random colors. With random color patterns, you can achieve a patchwork tile look.
Cement Tile, also known as Encaustic Tile, is a beautiful floor or wall covering option. Available in the classic black & white and/or full color, our cement tiles are highly artistic handmade products that offer wide options to its design. Naturally we all know the story that “cement is to concrete as flour is to bread” …nevertheless this is industry terminology.