Patterned cement tile is an incredibly versatile type of tile, and is an excellent choice for a wide variety of applications. Zia’s patterned cement tile can be installed in wet locations, but they must be properly sealed to protect them from moisture. Our patterned cement tiles should only be installed inside, as they are not recommended in areas that could experience freeze-thaw cycles, which may cause cracks to form. Areas exposed to both dry and wet conditions are fine, provided the tiles are properly sealed at the time of installation.
Whether you’re adding tile to walls, backsplashes, or showers, our patterned cement tiles add a contemporary yet artisan look to any living space. Common areas for patterned cement tile installations include kitchens, bathrooms, backsplashes, shower walls, fountains, spas, and entryways.
Yes! Zia’s patterned cement tiles can be installed in wet areas when sealed properly with a penetrating sealer at the time of installation. Using a sealer ensures your patterned tiles are protected in wet locations such as bathrooms, kitchens, and entryways. Additionally, you’ll need to ensure the surface you’re installing the tiles over is properly waterproofed prior to installation. Finally, be sure the adhesive cement and grout you use are appropriate for wet areas.
Because patterned cement tile isn’t sealed as part of the hand-production process, it’s important to seal the tiles with a penetrating sealer if the area may get damp. Areas that experience frost or freezing temperatures may cause cracks due to freeze-thaw cycles, so installation isn’t recommended outdoors. Lastly, patterned cement tile should not be installed in areas that might encounter heavy loads like vehicles or equipment, such as on driveways or garage floors.
Zia’s patterned cement tiles are made from the finest encaustic cement, handmade one by one, using a hydraulic press. This results in beautiful slight variations that reveal their handcrafted origins. While each of our patterned cement tiles is slightly unique, they’re made to work in unison to create a polished look when complete. These finished patterns create depth and character for any space.
The individual, hand-made process used to produce our patterned cement tiles means that while the tile designs are largely uniform in appearance, no two are one hundred percent identical. Each patterned cement tile has subtle variations from the hand-pressing process, adding subtle details and character to our patterned cement tiles than you’ll find in major retail stores. Our patterned cement tiles are a great design decision for areas that place an emphasis on authenticity and craftsmanship. Zia’s patterned cement tiles have an approximate variation of 15-20% between each tile. If you’re seeking a more uniform look, we suggest increasing the order size by 20% to reduce the amount of variation during installation.
Zia’s patterned cement tiles aren’t sealed or waterproofed in the manufacturing process. This means you’ll need to seal your tiles with a penetrating sealer when you install them. This will protect them from water penetration and staining, ensuring your patterns look their best for years to come. If you’re installing your tile in areas that may come in direct contact with water, such as bathroom showers, kitchen backsplashes, or entryways, you’ll want to ensure the base surface has been properly waterproofed beforehand.