What about us makes us different? We work closely with cement tile manufacturers around the world to bring spaces to life. Our team of designers collaborate with our clients to deliver high quality products with a commitment to quality at every level. We design all our tiles in our Los Angeles studio, and our prototype to production time is second to none. Furthermore, we select the highest quality materials with Korean and German pigments that are best in class. Finally, we manufacture our tiles on three continents. As a result, we can deliver large orders in 5 to 7 weeks. Most of all, it is our commitment to our clients that drives everything we do at Zia Tile.
Our factories around the world use time honored manufacturing techniques. We import the highest quality raw materials so that we can produce tiles with lasting beauty and strength. Our manufacturing partners are committed to quality, durability, and design detail. Consequently, we only use skilled technicians with years of training and decades of experience. Zia Tile partners with manufacturers with long, rich histories and expertise spanning up to 100 years of business. In addition, we comply with the strictest quality standards and recognized certifications.
Our team will work with any home owner, designer, or contractor to select or custom design a cement tile pattern that works for any space. We are passionate about finding and delivering cement tile orders of any size! Contact us to discuss any project on your mind.
We started Zia Tile Foundation the same day we launched Zia Tile! Every customer order placed with Zia Tile is matched tile for tile with our two non-profit beneficiaries – East Los Angeles County Schools and Vietnam Children’s Fund. We’ve based our “Zia Five + Five” program on the successes of other socially conscious California-based companies who inspire us to remain active in the areas where we work!
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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.
All of our cement tiles will have subtle variations due to the handmade nature of cement tile and it’s timeless tradition of press and form molds with pigmented concrete. Variation in cement tile is the point!
Zia Tile is based in Los Angeles and ships 120+ unique handmade encaustic cement tile designs worldwide.
Encaustic cement tiles are made by hand, one at a time, using mineral pigments, cement, a mold, and a hydraulic press.
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.
Cement tiles are not fired; there is no glaze layer on the surface of the tile. They derive their durability from the combination of finely dehydrated cement and a more coarse sand/cement layer. The pigment layer is hydraulically pressed into the surface and becomes a part of the tile. The tiles are then soaked in a water bath for 24 hours and then set to dry for another seven days at the factory before they ship to our Los Angeles and Mississippi warehouses, where they are stored before shipping to our customers worldwide.
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.
We do not recommend installing cement tile outdoors in places that experience extreme frost and freeze in winter. Cement tiles are also unable to withstand the weight of vehicles and therefore should never be used in driveways. Wall tiles can be affixed to plaster, drywall, cement block, and cement backer board. The installation surface should be flat and dry with any loose paint removed and cracked surfaces patched prior to installing cement tiles.
Regularly clean cement tile with acid-free, pH neutral detergent. Water spotting can be avoided with a regular cleaning routine, which includes resealing the floor every two to three years, depending on the conditions of wear.