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.

Domino Predicts Bathroom Trends For 2017

Check Out These Bathroom Trends Before You Remodel

Are you considering a bathroom remodel this year? What color scheme should you choose? Should you go for bold color or stick with white? What about lighting? Faucet design? Steam shower? So many decisions! Good thing it’s the time of year when the shelter magazines round up the best bathroom trends of the year. First up, Domino Magazine. Of course, we won’t be shy! Patterned tile and bold color are front and center!

Granada Tile's Normandy cement tiles in grey and white in a bathroom by Jaimee Rose Interiors

Especially hot are patterns influenced by Moorish and Mediterranean design. Blue and white and black and white are big. Or try an unusual color scheme! And handmade cement tiles are definitely the way to go. Granada Tile’s cement tiles hit all these marks.

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’re sure you’ll fall in love with your new cement tiles before the grout dries.

Patchwork Tile Adds Up To Big Style In A Small Kitchen

Patchwork gives a small kitchen big style

Bummed about the size of your kitchen? In a piece on Architectural Digest, interior designer Rebecca Ascher cites the benefits of a small kitchen. In the first place, prioritize your appliances. Then never settle for a sink less than 28 inches wide. In our opinion, once you get the basics down, add a personal touch. A small space, as most designers will tell you, can take a bold touch. In this case, it’s the black and white patchwork cement tiles covering the island and part of the wall.A small kitchen sports big style with the addition of patchwork cement tilesLet your imagination run wild! We’ve got over 40 vibrant colors and 400 eye-catching designs for you to choose from. Check out our interactive catalogue and find your favorite pattern. Additionally, Granada Tile’s cement tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance. Start by visiting our cement tile shop to peruse our large selection of in-stock handmade master-crafted cement tiles. 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. When it comes to patchwork, we’re pros! We’re sure you’ll fall in love before the grout dries!

Bathroom Tiles In A Beastie Boy’s Malibu Home

Colorful Bathroom Tiles in a Malibu Home as seen in Architectural Digest

In our opinion, Beastie Boy Mike D’s Malibu home is the epitome of California cool. As a matter of fact, it’s designed by Barbara Bestor of Bestor Architecture, one of our favorite architects. Incidentally, she used our Fez cement tile over a decade ago in Silver Lake’s Intelligensia Coffee. Naturally, she turned to Granada Tile for the bathroom tile in this colorful home. Strangely enough, she once again chose her favorite blueGranada Tile's solid color cement tile is the bathroom tile in Mike D's Malibu homeAbove, bright blue solid cement tiles cover the walls of the outdoor shower. Meanwhile, Serengeti cement tiles in blue and white evoke the ocean in another bathroom. Granada Tile's Serengeti cement tile is the bathroom tile in Mike D's Malibu homeWe have over 40 vibrant colors and 400 eye-catching designs. Furthermore, we have solid color, terrazzo, mini, terracotta-like and hex-shaped tiles. Additionally, cement tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance. Why not start by checking out our interactive catalogue. No doubt you’ll want to visit our cement tile shop to peruse our large selection of in-stock handmade master-crafted cement tiles. 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.

Granada Tile’s Cement Tiles Work in Every Room

Cement tiles are at home in every room

Cement tiles are at home in every room in your house. Here they are in the kitchen and in the entry of the home of the co-founder of Anthropologie. This house, seen in House Beautiful, spotlights the versatility of these beautiful, long lasting and easy care tiles. Granada Tile's Fez cement tiles in the entryway of the home of Anthropologie's co-founder Granada Tile's Fez cement tiles in the kitchen of the home of Anthropologie's co-founder No matter which room you choose, Granada Tile’s cement tiles fit beautifully. They’re easy care, long lasting and low maintenance. We have over 40 colors and 400 designs to choose from. Accordingly, start by visiting our cement tile shop. In fact, many of our most popular concrete tile designs, like the Fez encaustic tile pictured above, are in stock and ready to ship out to you! Then, call us at 213-788-4238 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would work for your home or restaurant project. Ultimately, we’re sure you’ll fall in love before the grout even dries!

 

 

photos: Maura McEvoy