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ZOCALO ADOBE 6.5x13 Cotto

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Number of boxes

1

Total ft2

9.56

Tiles/Box

28

Price per ft2

$19.85

Price per tile

$6.78

TOTAL PRICE

$189.77

Minor variations in size, color, shade and surface texture are natural characteristics of all our products and should be expected. Images shown are representative, but may not indicate all variations in these characteristics.

Samples ship in 2 business days

Full orders ship within 2 business days of the noted lead time

Size

13

6.5

Thickness

5/8

Tile Usage

Interior Floors - High Traffic

Ex: Kitchen, primary bathroom, entryway

Interior Floors - Low Traffic

Ex: Guest bathroom, guest bedroom

Exterior Floors - Freeze or Thaw

Outdoor surfaces that may get snow or ice

Exterior Floors - Non Freeze or Thaw

Outdoor surfaces that will not get snow or ice

Interior Walls

Ex: Kitchen backsplash, bathroom wall

Exterior Walls

Ex: Exterior walls or cladding

Shower Walls + Floors

Including steam showers

Pools + Spas

Salt water or chlorine

Fireplace Surround

Note: Tiles cannot be used inside fire box

Radiant Heating Compatible

Includes any heated floor elements

Sealing Required

See install guide for recommended sealers

Cotto (derived from the Italian 'terra cotta', or ‘baked earth’) is part of a long lineage of fired clays that date back to the dawn of civilization itself. From Egyptian water jugs to Chinese roof tiles or Roman bricks, terra cotta has been part of the human story for as long as we’ve had an alphabet. The materials in Cotto tile haven’t changed much over the millennia, while the firing process has evolved; from kiln furniture to mold designs to firing method, our handmade and high-fired Cotto is our modern take on an ancient tradition.

Made from locally-sourced, organic clays, our hand crafted Cotto tiles are made just outside of historic San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Elevating the storied tradition of terra cotta, modern day artisans hand form and fire each individual tile. The tiles’ clay formulation is mixed with water and blended to the ideal consistency, then pressed in a mold to dry for 1-2 weeks until the proper moisture level is achieved for firing. At this point, wood ash is added to the surface of our ‘Fired Earth’ tiles to give them their distinctive surface coloration.

We ship our tiles anywhere that USPS, FedEx, UPS, DHL, and any LTL carrier can reach! If you live in Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, or a country outside of the United States, please email or call us for a custom freight quote. Our in stock samples of Cotto tiles typically ship out within 2 business days of order receipt from our Los Angeles warehouse.

All standard shipping orders will deliver using LTL carrier service and are curbside delivery. The LTL trucking company that is contracted to deliver your order will contact you to arrange a specific date and timeframe for curbside delivery. Your full order will ship once all tiles are in stock in our warehouse.

We are excited to offer free Pick up/Will Call from our Los Angeles Warehouse to help our local customers save on shipping costs! Because our stock tiles are ready to ship from multiple warehouses around the country, we are not able to guarantee that all stock tiles will be ready for pick up in Los Angeles at the time of order placement. Your tile may take an additional 1-3 weeks to be transferred free of charge from one of our auxiliary warehouses to our Los Angeles warehouse prior to your will call appointment. If you have any questions regarding your tile pick up availability, please reach out to our team at (310) 844-1170 or at info@ziatile.com. We are happy to discuss shipping rates or alternate options to ensure you meet your project deadline.

We offer all customers the option to order samples through our website by clicking on the Request a Sample button each tile page. All sample orders are limited to up to 4 per tile design. We make every effort to ship all samples within the same shipment, but some samples may ship separately if specific samples are out of stock at the time the order is placed.

Frequently, special order sample tiles will have a lead time that matches the order lead time listed on each individual tile page.

The first 5 samples in our online cart are complimentary and additional samples are $3 each. The credit for the first 5 samples is is reflected on the final check out page. Shipping is $8 for every 3 tiles shipped. Our samples ship via FedEx, UPS, or USPS ground within 2-3 business days of order receipt. For questions regarding samples, please email info@ziatile.com.

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----- Read this guide, IN FULL, prior to beginning any installation of cotto -----

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To ensure proper installation based on unique project and/or site conditions, clients are responsible for hiring a skilled installer that has experience in installing and sealing terra cotta tiles. Zia Tile is not responsible for installation, ongoing care, or issues arising after receipt and installation of product. If client’s installer deviates from the instructions or recommendations below, this may result in costly and undesirable outcomes.

REVIEWING YOUR ORDER

  • Please inspect your order thoroughly, upon receipt. Zia Tile cannot be held responsible for tiles that have already been installed.

  • Cotto is a handmade tile; therefore, each piece will have tonal and textural variation. Subtle variations in shape and size are also natural and should be expected in your tiles.

  • To account for cuts, texture, inherent variation, and potential breakage in transit, it is strongly recommended that all orders include a minimum of 15% overage to avoid costly add-on shipping and schedule delays.


BEFORE BEGINNING YOUR INSTALLATION

  • Due to the inherent variations of natural tile, it is very important to blend the tiles from all boxes in your order. You should then lay out the tile in the installation area and ensure any variation is evenly distributed before beginning your installation.

  • Grout color is an important design decision - almost as important as the tile color itself. We recommend exploring Mapei Flexcolor CQ grouts and either selecting a lighter neutral color or matching the grout color as closely as possible to the color of the tile. Visit our website or Instagram to view installation examples to decide what grout color is preferred.

  • Prior to installation, clean any dust from shipping and residue with a pH neutral cleaner and soft cloth. Allow all tiles to dry thoroughly before installing.


INSTALLATION

REQUIRED MATERIAL

For placing the tiles:

  • Sponge

  • Bucket

  • 1/8” or 1/4" tile spacers

  • High quality medium-bed thin set mortar

  • Trowel with 1⁄2” semi-circular notches

  • Mapei Flexcolor CQ grout

  • Grout float

  • Grout Bag (if using a contracting grout color)

  • Water-cooled tile saw with diamond edge blade


For cleaning and sealing Cotto tiles:

  • pH neutral cleaner such as Miracle Sealants Heavy Duty Cleaner (Acid Substitute)

  • Paint roller, paint tray, sponge and water bucket

  • Lint-free cotton cloth

  • Penetrating Sealer - 511 Porous Plus Sealer from Miracle Sealants


LAYING TILES

  • If cuts are required for your installation, all saw cuts must be made with a water-cooled tile saw. Cotto should be washed immediately after it is cut to avoid cutting paste drying and staining the surface of the tile.

 
FOR FLOOR INSTALLATIONS

  • If the subfloor is even and in good condition, a high quality medium-bed thin set is sufficient to set the tiles. Please make sure the subfloor has completely cured (usually a minimum of 30 days) to prevent efflorescence spots from depositing on the surface of the tiles as moisture evaporates through them. Uncured or unsettled sub-surfaces can cause cracks to form in the tile as the sub-surface deforms, so always ensure the sub- surface has cured properly before installing cotto tile. Use of an uncoupling membrane (such as DITRA) may also be advised.


FOR WALL INSTALLATIONS

  • Only install cotto tile on stable, even surfaces. In dry areas (i.e. kitchen backsplash), cotto tile may be installed directly to drywall. Never apply tile directly to a painted surface.

  • Evenly apply the thin set mixture to the install surface using a trowel. Wet the back of each tile with a sponge before applying the adhesive to the back of each tile, making sure to apply the mixture in the same direction in order to prevent air pockets from forming.

  • Lay cotto tile in accordance with the drying time required for the thin set used. Press the tiles into place. Using a rubber mallet, compact the cotto tiles evenly on the adhesive to ensure consistent contact.

  • Ensure the tiles are perfectly flat during installation.

  • Place in small sections, no larger than 2’x2’ at a time, using tile spacers to achieve the desired spacing for your design. Consistent open joints should be allowed for desired spacing – 1/8” or 1/4” is recommended for cotto.

  • Immediately wipe off any residual thin set from the surface of the tiles. Thin set can be incredibly difficult to remove without damaging the tiles if left too long.

  • After the tiles have been laid, allow the thin set at least 48 hours to cure before sealing and grouting.


PRE-GROUT SEALING

  • Cotto tiles must be sealed on-site. Use a pH neutral cleaner before sealing; products made to clean natural stone are usually suitable. Use of acidic cleaners will damage the tiles and should be avoided.

  • After laying the tile and prior to grouting, apply penetrating sealer in thin layers until the tiles become fully saturated, wiping off any excess sealer before it dries. Do not over-seal as thick or excessive application of sealant can dry unevenly and result in an undesirable waxy film on the surface of the tiles. Allow sealer to cure, typically 1-2 days; always follow the sealant manufacturer’s application instructions.


GROUTING

  • Contrasting grout can stain or leave a grout haze and should be avoided unless hand grouting or using a grout bag.

  • Using MAPEI FLEXCOLOR CQ GROUT, fill in the gaps between the tiles with a rubber grout float. Grout in small areas, no larger than 2’x2’, at a time. DO NOT grout the entire surface at once, as the tiles can stain from excess grout that is extremely difficult to remove later. Instead, grout small areas and immediately wipe away the excess grout as you go.

  • Clean the tiles with pH neutral detergent, removing any residual mortar or debris using a wet-vac or squeegee. Never leave spills, drips, footprints, or any other marks on the tiles prior to sealing.

  • Allow the grout to cure, usually 48 hours.


TOP-COAT SEALER

  • Completely clean and dry the tiles with pH neutral detergent prior to sealing.

  • Apply 511 Porous Plus sealer in thin layers until the tiles are fully coated, wiping off any excess sealer before it dries. Do not over-seal as thick or excessive application of sealant can dry unevenly and result in an undesirable waxy film on the surface of the tiles. Allow sealer to cure, typically 1-2 days before using the space. Always follow the sealant manufacturer’s application instructions.

  • ALWAYS cover the tiles with durable paperboard during and after installation to prevent damage and/or staining of the tiles until construction is complete.


TRIM

  • We recommend installing cotto from floor to ceiling or bringing drywall flush with the finished surface of your tile to eliminate the need for trim.

  • If you have an exposed edge with your design, we recommend mitering your tile. Your experienced installer should be familiar with cutting the edges at a 45-degree angle to create a corner out of two tiles. This will mimic a finished trim piece and can easily be done on site to get the finished look without ordering custom trim.

  • If you do require trim, we recommend Schluter strips, which can be found at www.schluter.com.


ONGOING MAINTENANCE

Over time, Cotto tile wears like a natural stone product. As such, clients should expect natural wear and patina to occur to the finish over time.

CLEANING

  • Vacuum or sweep tile regularly to remove abrasive material that can scratch the surface.

  • Promptly clean up any spills, especially oil and grease. Un-cleaned spills can cause stains.

  • Floors and walls can be wiped or mopped with warm, clean water and a pH neutral cleaner.

  • Cotto tiles should be cleaned using pH neutral cleaners ONLY. Use of acidic cleaners will damage the tiles. For regular cleaning, we recommend Miracle Sealants pH Neutral Tile and Stone Cleaner. For heavier stains, we recommend Miracle Sealants Heavy Duty Cleaner.


RE-SEALING

  • Cotto tile should be re-sealed as often as needed, depending on traffic and wear and in accordance with sealant manufacturer’s instructions.