Cement tile or bust! If you’re jumping headfirst into a new renovation or construction project, cement tile should be at the top of your wish list. We carry a large and eclectic mix of in-stock design options that will instantly override any hesitation you may have when committing to cement tile.
When it comes to the cost of cement tile, the price includes much more than just visual appeal. There are a host of compelling reasons to consider investing in concrete tile for your home. First and foremost, it’s ALWAYS better to invest in high-quality materials to prevent spending more on upkeep down the line.
Let’s dive into the wonderful world of concrete tile, and discover if cement is suitable for you!
Unique Quality & Design Options
For the bold homeowners and daring designers, cement tile is available in a vast array of vibrant patterns. From bright, solid colors to dynamic geometric patterns, you can’t beat Zia’s selection of 200+ cement tiles.
Choosing materials for your home should be like selecting a piece of fine art. If you’re looking for an option that screams style without sacrificing quality, look no further. No other material can match the visual pop of handmade cement tiles.
Whether you’re inspired by hot Mediterranean villas or ornate courtyards in Morocco, handmade cement tiles can make your design dreams come true! Not a fan of traditional tile? You can also opt for a modern, Instagram-inspired look with sleek, contemporary cement tiles.
The reason cement tile stands out is due to the intricate creation process. There are numerous steps required when making each individual tile. Because they are made by hand, no two tiles are exactly alike. There is visual variation in every piece. When you order handmade cement tile from Zia, you are investing in a product of ancient artisan craftsmanship – delivered right to your door!
With every cement tile, a single craftsman carefully mixes the color to perfection. Their eyes are their only guide, giving the tiles much more character than a mass-manufactured alternative. The artisans then hand-press each tile before placing them one by one to bake in the sun. Before making it to your home, each tile is individually crafted by diligent, passionate artists.
Longevity & Durability
Handmade cement tile isn’t just a pretty face. It may be beautiful to look at, but it doesn’t skimp on durability. When it comes to longevity, this material passes with flying colors. It has stood the test of time in both residential and commercial projects. It can withstand wear and tear, and it is arguably superior to other popular flooring options. Some cement tile projects have literally spanned centuries, which makes cement an excellent option for endurance.
The good news is, cement-based tiles are able to withstand high-traffic areas within the home. However, they do require (very minor!) upkeep for optimal performance. You’ll need to seal your handmade cement tile with a penetrating sealant. This will prevent staining, and make them easier to clean.
Speaking of cleaning…
…once you’ve properly sealed your handmade cement tile flooring, they’re super easy to clean. Mild, pH neutral soaps are suitable for cleaning, as long as you dry the surface thoroughly after mopping.
If you’re thinking about installing these gorgeous tiles as a backsplash or decorative accent, they require little to no upkeep at all! They’ll continue to look beautiful for as long as your house is standing.
On Refinishing & Revitalizing the Color
While they are hailed for their longevity and easy upkeep, it’s normal for cement tiles to fade over time and develop a natural patina. If your tiles are in a high-trafficked area, consider refinishing the tiles to restore their original “oomph.”
Using a fine grit, wet-dry sandpaper, you can remove a razor-thin top layer to expose fresh pigments. Voila! This will revitalize the tile’s original color and vibrance. Refinishing the tiles can also help to remove any flaws or minor scratches. However, we have to admit…we think the look of worn tile only adds to its handmade charm!
An incredible fact about handmade cement tile is that the color isn’t just printed on the surface. The colored layer is actually 1/8” thick, offering up deep colors even after multiple refinishes. Plus, the tiles themselves are thicker than more traditional, mass-produced ceramic tiles.
Heated Floors Galore!
Cement tiles are an ideal choice for heated flooring. This is a great way to ensure every corner of your home stays toasty throughout the winter months. This can assist with your home’s energy efficiency and temperature regulation. Not to mention, heated floors feel undeniably luxurious on your feet! Consider heated cement tiles in areas like your kitchen or bathroom.
If you were on the fence about taking the cement tile plunge, we hope this guide has solidified your design decision. Consider investing in a handmade material that will withstand countless years of use. Cement tiles bridge the gap between style and practicality. Install these one-of-a-kind pieces of art anywhere in your home. Check out our entire lineup of handmade cement tile designs HERE.