At Zia Tile, we have passion for all things cement tile. Our in stock cement tiles are fantastic in any space. Cement tiles are perfect for bathrooms, showers, and flooring applications. They are also especially relevant for use in kitchen backsplashes, kitchen floors, powder rooms and outdoor patios. They are timeless, durable, and endlessly variable. Find over a hundred in stock cement tile designs at ziatile.com
The French and Catalans were the first to use the technique in the 1850’s both in France and in Barcelona. The complex patterns used in the tiles are due to an interest in ancient cultures, most notably early Moorish and Moroccan art. As a result, the tiles spread throughout Europe as a high quality flooring material and then onto former European colonies in Latin America, North Africa, and Vietnam.
We make our in stock cement tiles by hand, one at a time, using mineral pigments, cement, a mold, and a hydraulic press. Our cement tiles are unique and one of a kind, an as such, each tile will be subtly different from the next. The individual patterns are made by applying separate pigments, one by one, in a handmade copper mold. The process is incredibly delicate, requiring skilled artisans with years of experience.
Our in stock cement tiles are not fired in a kiln because there is no glaze layer on the surface of the tile. As a result, their production has a much lower carbon footprint compared to ceramic tiles. Not only are they eco friendly, they are also incredibly durable, lasting well over a century. Each tile has an endless array of patterns and 100+ custom colors to chose from. Most people prefer our black and white colors. Zia Tile is affordable luxury for every home.
Cement tile is one of the most versatile types of tile, perfect for most applications. From walls to backsplashes to flooring, our cement tiles can transform nearly any space. Some common areas for cement tile installations include kitchens, bathrooms, patios, backsplashes, shower walls, shower floors, and entryways.
Yes! Cement tile is great in wet applications when sealed properly with a penetrating sealer. Cement tiles are an excellent choice for bathrooms, shower walls, and shower floors.
While cement tile is suitable for wet locations, it shouldn’t be installed in exterior locations where it will be exposed to frost or freezing temperatures. Cement tile also shouldn’t be installed where it can experience very heavy loads, such as driveways or garage floors.
Our cement tiles are not fired in a kiln like most other tile types. They are made by hand, one at a time, using a hydraulic press.
Zia Tile’s cement tiles are handcrafted in Vietnam with the finest materials, honed and perfected by artisans using a technique first developed by French and Catalan craftsmen in the 1850s. Each piece is hand-poured into a mold, combining mineral pigments and cement, and then hydraulically-pressed to form.
The highly individualized, handmade process of making our cement tile means no two tiles are exactly the same. There are subtle variations in both color tone and pattern detail that instill more character into our cement tiles than other mass-produced, highly uniform tiles. Our cement tiles are perfect for environments that highlight craftsmanship and authenticity.
Zia’s cement tiles are initially sealed when produced to protect the tile during transit. That said, they must be sealed during installation to guard them fully against grout haze and moisture penetration. We recommend using 511 Porous Plus Sealer from Miracle Sealants, and the sealant must be applied twice – once before grout and then again after grout is complete. For high traffic and commercial areas, we recommend a top coat sealer for added protection.