How to Make a Cement Tile Shower

How to Make a Cement Tile Shower

Installing a new cement tile shower (or updating your existing shower into a cement tile shower) is a multi-step process. In a simplified manner, creating a cement tile shower requires you to separate the shower from the rest of the bathroom, lay the foundation, and add the desired tiles.

Getting the desired result is a little more involved, depending on how far along your shower already is:

1. Frame the desired shower area. Regardless of what your flooring is like for a shower, it needs to be separated from the rest of the bathroom, otherwise you’ll have fun dealing with flooding every time you or your client takes a shower.

This can be accomplished by using wooden lumber to literally make a frame around the area you want to be your shower. If you already have a shower installed in your home, then you may be able to skip a few steps, based on how far along your shower is developed.

2.  If you already have a shower in your home, including a frame and foundation, then you don’t have much further to go. Your shower space may already have flooring or tiling, so at this point you’ll need to remove the unwanted parts of your floor. You can even choose to replace the base, depending on its current state and overall stability.

3.  If you’re choosing to start from scratch, you’ll have to move onto the foundation: the cement slab that the tiles will rest on. However, before you even lay the cement foundation, you’ll need to lay down a special rubber membrane, which is what will hold your cement in place and prevent liquids from getting under the tiles. Another popular option is “hot mopping” the area with tar, which can seal and protect the area as well.

4.  Once the rubber membrane is fully installed, cut out a small hole for the drain. The rubber membrane is important to keep any water that may leak through cement to funnel towards the drain.

5.  Install the drain plate and drain. It is important to make sure the drain plate is properly bolted down and the drain screwed in while leaving room for the height of the concrete.

6.  Create the concrete mixture. The desired consistency and mixture will vary based on the type of cement you choose to use and the manufacturer’s instructions/recommendations.

7.  Begin to pour the cement mixture into the base of the shower. As you are applying cement on top of the rubber membrane, you’ll be creating a slight slope to make water during and after every shower to fall with ease into the drain at the center of the shower.

8.  Wait for the concrete to cure, based on the manufacturer’s recommendations. As exciting as it may be for you to get started with installing your new tile, you want to make sure that the concrete is completely ready or you may find yourself having to start all over.

9.  Once the curing process is finished, you now have a cement slab to work with and can begin to lay down your Granada cement tiles, based on the specific design and layout that you desire. Remember to follow all of the steps recommended by your tile installer or manufacturer (e.g., using the correct amount of set, the distance between tiles, the type and amount of grout to use, etc.).

One great way to increase the efficiency of your installation and ensure that the final product is what you want is to dry fit your tiles beforehand. Dry fitting involves laying out the tiles in the order and pattern you’d like before making anything permanent.

To get in touch with one of our team members, you can call us at (213) 788-4238, or send us an email at sales@granadatile.com.

A Dramatic Bathroom Focal Point

Use Cement Tile To Create A Focal Point

In a recent post on Design*Sponge, interior designer Regan Baker suggested 10 ways to infuse your space with color. She included this beautiful image of a project she designed. She also shared some advice on intriguing new ways to use tile:

2. Tile in Unexpected Places – “Sometimes, a kitchen or bathroom becomes more intriguing based on where you choose to put your tile. Extending a simple tile backsplash in the kitchen to cover the stove range hood will keep the design clean and fluid. In a bathroom, create an accent wall with a patterned, colored tile, while using a neutral tile for the rest of the bathroom.” By keeping the rest of the space a neutral white, bold patterns like the Granada tiles on the wall and a rug by HD Buttercup can exist in harmony.

Granada Tile's Fez cement tile is a dramatic focal point in a bathroom

Whether your style leans towards the bright or your taste is more subtle, we’re sure one of our cement tile patterns will catch your eye. With a palette of over 40 colors to chose from, you’re guaranteed to find one that works for your home. Check out our interactive catalogue or peruse our cement tile shop to see our large selection of in-stock handmade master-crafted cement tiles. And, of course, we’re here to help you make a decision. By the same token, you can call us at 213-788-4238. We’d feel happy to help you decide which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your project. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with your new cement tiles before the grout dries.

How to Install a Cement Tile Floor

Installing cement tile flooring is a common request for many homeowners, interior designers and restaurant owners. Our Granada cement tiles are a perfect way to heighten the visual appeal of any room in which they are installed.

Installing cement tile flooring can take some time to go from start to finishing. There are a lot of decisions that need to be made before you even begin the actual installation of cement tiles. One of the first things to do is to decide on the shape, design and colors of the tiles you want installed. Depending on how particular you are about the design elements of your floor, this is often the hardest part about the entire process! With so many options when it comes to the tile’s shape, the design you want on the tile and the size of the tile itself, there is virtually no limit to the unique combinations you can choose from.

Granada Tile has a wide range of tile sizes, designs and colors you can choose from when ordering tiles. You can use our tile designing application to test-run some design and color combinations for your home, restaurant or establishment. This application will allow you to see what a tile’s design and color will look like when set next to other tiles of the same design. You’ll get a better representation of what your choices will look like after everything’s said and done with the preview window.

The production conditions, materials and quality of tiles will vary from factory to factory, which is why it’s very important to do your research and study which factories and manufacturers will deliver you the results you want in the price range that you can afford. At Granada Tile we work hard to ensure only the highest quality possible for your cement tiles.

As you search for the best cement tiles for your home or business, look out for these characteristics that are sometimes common at some cement tile factories:

  • Varying thicknesses of tiles, which make the finished result of the tile impossible to lay “flat.”
  • Inconsistent clarity of tiles, which comes from sloppy pigment pouring processes during production.
  • Variations of the same color, another form of sloppy production in the form of pigment color measurements that are inaccurate.
  • Crumbly tile backs, a sign of a weak title as a result of hydraulic pressure that is too inconsistent or has too much sand in the mixture.
  • Tile edges that seem to “chip” easily: poor quality control at the factory and/or a weak mixture.
  • Cement-to-sand ratio, will affect the strength and durability of the finished product.
  • Pigment quality will impact the rate at which colors fade, especially in direct sunlight.

The easiest way to assess the quality of a factory or their production processes or the quality of the material they use is to request their engineering test reports. These tests are performed based on uniform standards by an outside engineering firm. This is a great way to get outside feedback about a tile factory and to make sure that your individual or business requirements and standards are being met.

Once you know your tile production is in good hands and are beginning to receive the tiles from your order, you can start to work on the actual installation of your tiles.

Regardless of whether you have a cement slab or wood subfloor to work with, always start with “dry fitting” the tiles in your desired arrangement. This will allow you to visually see how the layout of the tiles will appear when the project is finished. There may be minor inconsistencies between batches of tiles and choosing to dry fit the tiles will allow you to rearrange the tiles to create a more natural and even look. To order cement tiles for your floor, giver us a call at 213-788-4238 today!

A Gorgeous Copper & Cement Tile Kitchen

Copper Is The Medal Winner In Today’s Kitchens

Copper is taking the lead in today’s kitchens. Arguably, stainless steel accessories and appliances ruled the kitchen for many years. It telegraphed the message that the kitchen was a serious place. But, now, warm toned metals are beginning to shine. Here’s one example, in a design by Fawn Galli Interiors. The soft gray of Granada Tile’s Normandy cement tile provides the perfect foil.

Granada Tile's Normandy cement tile is the ideal background for warm copper accentsAbove, the metallic jewelry seen in the the stove hood, the pipe and the hardware adds a flirtatious feminine touch. Below, who says a kitchen can’t be fun? We love the addition of those soft fur topped bar stools. Oooh la la!
Granada Tile's Normandy cement tile is the ideal background for warm copper accents

Whichever way the trends may lead, Granada cement tiles prove their timeless appeal. With over 40 vibrant colors and 400 eye-catching designs to choose from, they can work in styles from traditional to modern to bohemian. Check out our interactive catalogue or peruse our cement tile shop to see our large selection of in-stock handmade master-crafted cement tiles. And, of course, we’re here to help you make a decision. By the same token, you can call us at 213-788-4238. We’d feel happy to help you decide which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your project. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with your new cement tiles before the grout dries.

photos by Costas Picadas 

A Guide to Purchasing Cement Tile

Purchasing Cement Tile

Cement tiles are the latest must-haves in home and commercial décor and are influencing a design shift that embraces color and pattern versus solid neutrals (think plain subway tile). While still trending from 2016, cement tiles are traditional building materials that have been popular for centuries. Their long history of unmatched style and durability makes them one of the most sought after design elements of all time.

The surge of cement tile popularity has saturated the market with products, but not all cement tiles are created equal. That’s why we’ve put together this handy buying guide that walks you through how to find, design and purchase the best possible cement tile. Keep reading!

  1. Know the Difference Between Tile Types & Suppliers

First of all, not all cement tiles are made the same and of the same quality. If you purchase a high-quality handmade tile from a high-end manufacturer, then you can enjoy a beautiful tile with a vibrant design that will last for many years to come. Low-quality tiles will provide lackluster color, uneven edging, and more wear and tear.

It is also important to understand the difference between ceramic and cement tiles, and that they are completely different products. Cement tiles are made with a mixture of cement, sand, pigment, and marble powder and are compressed with 2,000 pounds of pressure to seal in the design. Ceramic tiles are painted with a powdered glaze or clay and are fired in a kiln. Cement and ceramic tiles look very similar, but cement tiles are much more durable. When purchasing tile, be sure to confirm that it is cement tile you are buying.

  1. Differentiate a Good Tile from a Bad One

The quality of cement tile varies from company to company, and the best, most beautiful cement tiles typically are handmade and come from small-scale factories.

When you are looking for top quality cement tiles, look for these qualities:

  • A consistent thickness of the tile, with a measurement of about 5/8 inches
  • A clear definition of the design, if the tiles are patterned
  • Consistently deep and rich colors on all of the tiles (allow for a small amount of variation due to the handmade nature of the tile)
  • Clean, crisp edges between each tile to keep the grout in place
  • A solid feel and weight of the tile
  • A top color layer of about 1/8 inch thick

Watch out for these visible characteristics of low-quality cement tiles:

  • Varying thickness of the tiles, resulting in an uneven installment
  • A blurry design
  • Significant color variation with what is supposed to be the same color
  • Chipping around the edges
  • Unstable backing on the tile with crumbling
  • A top color layer less than 1/8 inch thick

If you’re not sure about the quality of your cement tiles, ask the tile manufacturer for an engineering test report performed by an independent testing company.

It is important to note that artisanal, handmade tiles come with their own subtle variations that distinguish them from mass-produced products.

  1. Decide Where You Want the Tile

The next step is deciding where you want the cement tiles. Cement tiles are quite chip-resistant and fade-resistant (except blues and greens in direct sunlight), making them an excellent choice for kitchens, bathrooms, stairs, entryways, laundry rooms, living rooms, bar areas, and outdoor spaces. Common cement tile installations include kitchen and bathroom backsplashes, flooring, bathroom countertops, shower flooring and walls, decorative wall features, fireplaces, and outdoor patios. The options are virtually endless!

  1. Select a Tile Design or Create Your Own

Cement tiles are completely customizable and can accept just about any style or pattern of your choosing. We can tweak an existing design found on our website, copy a design from an image or photograph, and create a custom design based on your ideas.

When you work with Granada Tile, we help you with the following factors:

  • Colors: You can choose as many colors as you want for your design, and our standard price includes up to 5 colors. Additional colors cost $.50 each. We can also create custom colors.
  • Design: Our cement tile collections feature many styles and artistic designs, including floral, geometric, modern, contemporary, single colored, and intricate designs. Custom designs are always welcome, from hand drawn patterns to family crests.
  • Sizes: We offer all of the standard square and rectangle cement tiles and sizes, with a select variety of unique shapes and sizes. Custom tile shapes and sizes come with an additional cost for the mold production.

When you’re ready to purchase your perfect cement tile design, you can either order an in-stock or custom design. You will work with our sales team to pick out the colors, receive a sample, and determine how many tiles you need, before placing your order.

We are confident you will absolutely love whichever cement tile design you choose, and that you will enjoy it in your home or business for many years to come. To get in touch with one of our team members, you can call us at (213) 788-4238, or send us an email at sales@granadatile.com.

 

Granada Tile’s Fez Cement Tiles On Houzz

Granada Tile Has Shower Power On Houzz

One of our all time favorite showers is featured on Houzz. Covered in our blue and white Fez cement tiles, it would be splendid on its own. But then it gets an added boost of bohemian flair! Just check out that jungle’s worth of plants. And then there’s that wooden shower seat. Ultimately it feels like a tropical oasis.

Cement Tile Outdoor Shower

We dream of a shower like this in our home, don’t you? A place that feels like getting away from it all. And all it takes is a bit of color, Granada Tile’s soft velvety concrete tiles and a few well chosen accessories.

Granada Tile's blue and white Fez cement tile is both the wall tile and the floor tile of this indoor shower

Make your shower an inviting getaway with the addition of our cement tiles. Choose our Fez cement tiles or another one of our over 400 eye-catching designs. And in addition, there are over 40 colors (and endless combinations) to chose from. Check out our interactive catalogue. Then, peruse our cement tile shop to see our large selection of in-stock handmade master-crafted cement tiles. And, of course, we’re here to help you make a decision. By the same token, you can call us at 213-788-4238. We’d feel happy to help you decide which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your project. We know you’ll fall in love with your new cement tiles even before the grout dries.

Kitchen Wall Tiles: How to Add Color and Style to Your Kitchen

Kitchen Wall Tiles

Tiles are a beloved material for kitchen designs; they are durable, easy to clean and maintain, and they can add a nice dose of style. The backsplash is the most common way tiles are used in the kitchen, but there are many other ways they can add color, style, and texture to a kitchen.

Cement Tiles for Kitchen Walls

The most popular type of tile used in kitchens is the ceramic tile for its sleek, easy to clean surface and durability. But another type of tile that is just as low maintenance and even more durable is the cement tile. Unlike ceramic tiles, cement tiles are made with a hard-wearing mixture of cement, sand, pigment, and powdered minerals that is poured into molds and set with 2,000 pounds of hydraulic pressure. The result is an incredibly durable product that is not easily faded or worn. Cement tiles make a great choice for kitchen walls because they can hold up for a long time with minimal wear and maintenance while retaining their original luster. When thinking about the ways you can enhance your kitchen with wall tiles, consider the following ideas.

Create a Focal Point

Cement tile comes in an almost unlimited array of colors and patterns and you can create a really unique decorative feature for your kitchen walls. Choose one, two, or multiple cement tiles and a statement color and pattern, and install them on one of the walls in the kitchen, or as a focal point like a medallion design or patchwork pattern on a small section, like above the stove top.

Extend the Backsplash to the Walls

A popular design feature seen in many magazines is extending the kitchen wall tiles beyond the backsplash and up the entire wall. This look works well for both modern homes and traditional spaces alike, and can be very sleek and contemporary or elegant and sophisticated. Many homeowners choose a white or light neutral tone for the wall tiles to avoid overpowering the entire kitchen, and there are many cement tiles from Granada Tile company that boast a subtle pattern with a mixture of soft, serene colors that add just the right amount of wow-factor.

Tile Behind Open Shelves or Glass Panel Cabinets

If you have any open shelves in your kitchen, tiling up behind them adds an extra boost of color and style to your walls. If you have glass front cabinets, you can have tiles installed inside of them to show through the glass doors. This look adds an unexpected pop of color and texture without needing many objects on the shelves.

Tie in the Colors with Other Home Accents

You can coordinate pops of color in the other rooms in your home with your cement kitchen wall tiles. If your adjacent living room or dining room uses accents of blue, purple, or green, you can use tiles in those same colors or complementary shades to balance the spaces and tie them together. Even if you change out those colored accents in your other rooms, whether they be pillows, rugs, or art work, the colored tile in the kitchen will still provide a nice array of color and style to your kitchen. If you’d prefer to avoid bright colors in the kitchen, choose a neutral tone in an interesting pattern like a floral or Moorish mosaic for a timeless statement piece.

Incorporate a Medallion or Centerpiece on a Wall

One of the main benefits of cement tiles is the infinite amount of designs you can choose and create. With help from the Granada Tile team, buyers can create their own 100% unique custom tile, providing us with colors and patterns you want to recreate. If there’s a special décor detail, family crest or emblem, or other design element like a medallion you love, incorporate the design on one of your kitchen walls to create a work of art.

Think Pattern: Stripes and Checkerboard

Be unique and skip the paint or wallpaper for your kitchen walls. Instead, tile them all completely and use cement tiles in a pattered layout to mimic more conventional wall coverings. You can have cement tiles laid in stripes with two different colors, laid in a geometric pattern, or in a checkerboard pattern. For your kitchen, you can wow with style and combat messes with stylish and durable tiled walls.

Cement wall tiles offer both exceptional style and durability for the room of the house where you relax with your family and host elegant dinner parties. Take inspiration from our ideas for using tile to add color and style to your kitchen and design a space you love to look at as much as you love to live in.

The cement tile experts at Granada Tile are waiting to help you choose the perfect tile design and layout for your kitchen walls. Give us a call today!

Granada Tile’s Fez Cement Tile Adds A Beach Vibe

Get That Beach Feeling With Fez Cement Tile

This update of a beach home in Lincoln City, Oregon designed by blogger Lisa Ng of This Beautiful Day gets a seaside vibe from our Fez cement tiles in blue and white. Covering the floor of this coastal property, they’re a perfect pairing with the rustic vanity from Wayfair. Designed as a AirBnB rental, we’ve no doubt that it’ll be a popular spot with vacationers. In our opinion, our Fez cement tiles give it that something extra that makes it appealing. Plus their craftsmanship and durability ensures that they’ll be bright and beautiful for years to come. We think they’re an excellent investment!

Fez cement tile in the bathroom of a beach home from This Beautiful Day Blog

It’s no wonder Granada Tile’s Fez cement tiles are so popular! They’re the chameleons of the concrete tile world, able to fit into many styles, from bohemian to beachy, exotic to modern and graphic. However, our Fez concrete tiles are only one of our many tile patterns. We’ve got over 40 vibrant colors and 400 eye-catching designs for you to choose from. Check out our interactive catalogue or peruse our cement tile shop to see our large selection of in-stock handmade master-crafted cement tiles. And, of course, we’re here to help you make a decision. By the same token, you can call us at 213-788-4238. We’d feel happy to help you decide which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your project. We know you’ll fall in love with your new cement tiles even before the grout dries.

Choose Granada Cement Tile For A Splendid Shower

Start Your Day With A Stupendous Shower

Houzz recently included Granada Tile in a round up up fifty fabulous showers. It’s inspired us to do our own round-up of the incredible showers that are possible with Granada Tile’s concrete tile. Of course, we won’t deny that we’re biased. Without a doubt, our encaustic tiles are stunning in the shower. First of all, there’s their beautiful colors and patterns! With over 40 colors and 400 eye-catching designs, we’re certain there’s one style that will sing to you. And then, there’s the way that they feel underfoot. They’ve been described as soft, velvety and silky. Here’s a few ideas to get you going! Save them to your idea board (and find us) on Houzz or to your bathroom pinboard on Pinterest.

Granada Tile's solid color cement tile is the bathroom tile in Mike D's Malibu home

Solid color cement tiles in the home of Beastie Boy Mike D, designed by Barbara Bestor

Cement Tile Outdoor Shower

Our blue and white Fez cement tile (available and in stock)

Alhambra concrete tiles, also in blue and white

Tunis concrete tiles

Normandy cement tiles, available and in stock, in a French-tinged master bathroom, designed by Jaimee Rose

Granada Tile Company's Fez cement tile in black and white brings drama to a small bathroom

Black and white Fez cement tile shower, available and in stock, designed by Gianna’s Interiors

Ready to start designing your new shower stall? Check our interactive catalogue to play with colors. Or you can peruse our cement tile shop (where we have a large selection of in-stock handmade master-crafted cement tiles). Of course, we’re here to help you make a decision. By the same token, you can call us at 213-788-4238. Let us help you decide which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your project. We know you’ll fall in love with your new cement tiles even before the grout dries.

Granada Tile’s Fez Cement Tile in San Francisco Magazine

Granada Tile’s Fez cement tile in San Francisco Magazine

Ten years and counting, Fez cement tile is still inspiring great design. Arguably, it works as well in bohemian outdoor spaces as it does in modern bathrooms. Take for example, the modern bathroom in the March issue of San Francisco magazine. Smooth white walls, a circular window and sleek shower niches form a sophisticated pairing with Fez cement tile’s exuberant graphic pattern. Designed by Mason St. Peter, the look is decidedly modern while at the same time utterly timeless. Ultimately it will look as fresh in another decade from now as it does today. Fez cement tile in a modern bathroom by Mason St. Peter in San Francisco Magazing

Fez concrete tiles are only one of our many tile patterns. We’ve got over 40 vibrant colors and 400 eye-catching designs for you to choose from. Check out our interactive catalogue or peruse our cement tile shop to see our large selection of in-stock handmade master-crafted cement tiles. And, of course, we’re here to help you make a decision. By the same token, you can call us at 213-788-4238. We’d feel happy to help you decide which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your project. We know you’ll fall in love with your new cement tiles even before the grout dries.