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Cement tiles (or encaustic cement tiles) are handmade tiles that are suitable for interior and exterior walls and flooring. Cement tiles first appeared in parts of Spain in the mid-1850s. They later spread throughout Europe and North America in the decades to follow. Some textile historians attribute France as the place of origin for cement tile.
Cement tile is not fired like ceramics and porcelain. Instead, artisans make cement tile durable via the process of combining a finely dehydrated layer of ground cement with a coarse layer of cement and sand. They then press the painted (or pigmented) surface layer onto the tile through a process known as hydraulics.
Cement tiles are used for many interior and exterior designs. Due to the timeless look of cement tile, its long-lasting effect works in homes and commercial spaces. One of the most unique ways to use this tile is to install a cement tile backsplash. Go for an accent area or go wall to wall. Either way, you can always enjoy cement tile flooring if you want to utilize this stone in a traditional application. Cement tile in bathrooms is a very popular way to showcase these often richly patterned tiles.
Apply cement tile on floors and walls as you desire. Many don’t think of cement tile walls as an option for interiors, but cement can add a touch of earthy elegant when done correctly. Cement is the material of the tile, but there are practically thousands of colors and patterns of cement tile available.
Whether you own a home or condo, cement tile can work for your space. Cement tiles can be beautiful additions to entryways, living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, hallways, bathrooms, laundry rooms, stairways, and bedrooms. You can get used to cement tiles outdoors on porches, stairs, and patios.
The most appealing advantage of cement tile is that it's environmentally friendly. The material used for cement tile is natural, and the process of creating the tile is also eco-friendly.
Other notable advantages of cement tiles include their durability, versatility, easy installation, and the plethora of designs and patterns available. Cement tile is also easy to clean and when properly installed it acts as a great insulator inside homes.
There are disadvantages to using cement tile. We do not recommend cement tile for outdoor use in areas where freezing occurs. Areas that get high traffic from vehicles and other heavy machinery are also not ideal. Therefore, it would be ill-advised to have cement tile installed along driveways. We also do not suggest cement tile for pools because the chemicals used to treat pool water can interact negatively with cement tile.
When it comes to cement tiles, the options are nearly endless. Cement tiles can be simple and plain or adorned in bright colors and heavily detailed patterns. From simplicity to intricacy, cement tiles have something for everyone.
If you want the sophistication and old-world appeal of handmade tile intriguing, we have multiple high-quality cement tiles designs. Our Farfalla Honed Cement Tile, Brown, Beige Polished Allegro Cement Tile, Brown, Light Brown, Beige Polished Cement Tile, and Tourmaline Blend Honed Cement Tile are all excellent for interior design.
Cement tile is very durable. The material can hold up well to heavy foot traffic, and it also withstands sunlight in indoor and outdoor applications. Cement floor tile is far stronger than ceramic due to its greater density. Although cement tiles are not indestructible, they can look stunning and durable for 20 years or more with professional installation and the right amount of TLC.
Cement tile is ultra-durable. It does not crack or break easily. Nevertheless, be sure to refrain from hitting the tile with blunt or heavy objects to prevent instances where breaks and cracks can occur. Cement tile can break if heavy machinery travels its surface – such as cars and lawnmowers.