What Are Victorian Tiles?

Victorian Tiles

Victorian tiles are a type of encaustic tile that are most notably known for their striking geometric patterns. They are often used for restorations and historical replicas, but many interested buyers are also using Victorian tiles for new buildings and modern style homes. They are both striking and bold as well as intricate and busy, and make for great features to add interest and pattern in more contemporary homes, and complement the historical styles of traditional homes alike.

The History of Victorian Tiles

Encaustic tiles were widely used in the 12th century by monks for their places of worship. Henry VIII closed down many monasteries in the 16th century and greatly diminished the encaustic tile industry for nearly 400 years. At the beginning of the 19th century, encaustic tiles saw a revival and ceramic tile manufacturers emerged and made this material a popular trend for not just religious establishments but also private residences and commercial buildings. The early 19th century through the turn of the 20th century is known as the Victorian period and Edwardian Era, which is why this type and style of tile is referred to as Victorian tiles. They are essentially British floor tiles, and have been used in many halls, conservatories, kitchens, bathrooms, and patios and walkways.

What Are Traditional Victorian Tile Designs?

Many original Victorian tiles were a black and white colored pattern, often in a checkerboard design. Victorian tiles are well known for their geometric floor tiles, usually featuring square, rectangle, diamond, and octagon shapes. Another classic Victorian tile was the mosaic floor tile, which boasted a wide array of rich colors and intricate patterns, like Fleur-de-lis type scrolls, flowers, birds, and literature characters. In addition to the classic black and white scheme, many Victorian tiles were designed in a Harlequin style, using royal colors like blue, burgundy, and white.

How do Victorian Tiles Differ from Other Tile Types?

Victorian tiles have been called many other names, including Cuban tiles, Hydraulic tiles, Encaustic tiles, and Cement tiles. The true Victorian tiles are ceramic tiles made with clays and powdered glazes and fired in a kiln. However, for many people, Victorian tiles are more about the beautiful geometric patterns than the materials they are made from. Cement tiles are made with a mixture of cement, color pigments, sand, and marble powder that is poured into molds. The result is a unique and beautiful tile with amazing geometric designs that is highly durable and won’t show signs of wear as quickly as the original Victorian ceramic tiles.

Where Are Victorian Tiles Used?

Victorian tiles are most famous for the exquisitely tiled floors seen throughout Europe and the United States, but they have also been used to create decorative wall features, fireplace mantels, and patios and outdoor pathways. Victorian tiles turned otherwise plain floors and walls into interesting works of art, and have always been very hard-wearing. Victorian tiles have been used since they were first popular in the early 19th century for creating ornamental floor medallions, courtyards, and tiled rugs and runners. They can separate spaces and give the illusion of multiple types of flooring. Aristocratic homes often had special tiles designed with a family crest or symbol and incorporated them into the floor or wall design.

On a visit to Inverlochy Castle in 1873, Queen Victoria saw the lovely Victorian tiled flooring and wrote in her diary, “I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot.”

Victorian-like cement tiles are also popular for bathroom floors and walls, showers, creating the look of wainscoting or crown molding, and for kitchen floors and backsplashes. They are hardy enough to withstand high traffic areas and won’t fade or chip easily due to the intense manufacturing process.

Where Can I Buy Victorian-Like Tiles?

Victorian-like tiles can be found where cement tiles are manufactured. Granada Tiles carries many styles and patterns of cement tiles, offering those who want the traditional geometric styles of classic Victorian tiles the opportunity to personalize their own from the wide array of shapes and colors available. Victorian tiles were traditionally laid in interlocking designs by grouping four tiles together and rotating each tile by 90 degrees to create a quadrant. Any number of tile shapes, like rectangle or diamond, can create this design, along with one, two, or multiple colors.

Homeowners can also create their own custom tile design if they don’t see a shape, pattern, or color they like on the website. If there’s a specific hue you would like, or you would like to incorporate your own feature tile, family crest, or other emblem, you can work with the designers at Granada Tile to create a design that includes your custom tiles and evokes the traditional Victorian tile.

If you’re ready to design your own Victorian inspired tile, get in touch with the sales team at Granada Tile today, at sales@granadatile.com.

In A Small Space, Mini Concrete Tiles Offer Maximum Impact

They may be mini, but their impact is big

Have you checked out our minis collection of cement tiles? These small scale tiles were inspired by the classic zellige tiles of Morocco. They’re tiny, it’s true, but their design impact is a mighty powerful one!

Mini Star Cross Tiles From Granada Tile have a big impact in this entryway

Take a look at this project by Stefani Stein shown here. The perfectly organized mudroom has everything including a place to hang your hat.

Mini Star Cross Tiles From Granada Tile have a big impact in this entryway

There’s even space for the dog to rest and eat. Built in water and food bowls are clad in the same mini Cross Star pattern.

Mini Star Cross Tiles From Granada Tile have a big impact in this entryway

And minis mix well with other patterns!

Mini Star Cross Tiles From Granada Tile have a big impact in this entryway

Chose from our Minis Collection when you want to add subtle drama to a small space. Along with our Star Cross pattern, we also have chevrons, kites, and scales, all available in the same wide range of colors as our regular concrete tiles. Go monochromatic, or perhaps you might want to try a blend of shades or go for contrasting hues. We think you’ll agree: small is beautiful!  

Mini Star Cross Tiles From Granada Tile have a big impact in this entryway

photographs by Tessa Neustadt

How Backsplash Tiles Will Improve the Look and Feel of Your Kitchen

Kitchen Backsplash Tiles

Kitchens are the heart of the home and, for most homeowners, it’s important that they are just as lovely as they are functional. Guests congregate in the kitchen, holidays are centered around them, and much of daily living takes place there. A kitchen sustains us and provides us with many wonderful memories, so it should be a place you love to spend time in.

One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways you can completely change the look and feel of your kitchen is with the backsplash. All it takes is a different color and style and you’ve instantly upgraded your kitchen. When searching for the right material for your backsplash revamp, pay attention to cement tiles. They come in a virtually endless array of colors, patterns, and designs, and allow you to turn your vision into a reality, no matter what it looks like.

Backsplash Tiles Make a Kitchen Look Bigger and Brighter

If you have a dark kitchen that lacks adequate sunshine, then a light colored backsplash can immediately brighten up the space and make it look larger. Light tones like white, ivory and cream reflect light and make a small or dark space appear more open, from floor to ceiling. Just changing the color of the backsplash can drastically improve the look and feel of your kitchen and turn it into a brighter, airier space versus a dark uninviting one.

Backsplash Tiles Add Strength and Structural Integrity

Kitchens are well used every single day. They experience plenty of wear and tear and a backsplash can help protect the walls of your kitchen by acting as a durable buffer. The areas behind the sink and counters often get splashed with water and other liquids and food items, which can cause hard-to-clean stains and even lead to water damage and mold. Prevent scratches and stains on the walls with a well-sealed cement tile backsplash, and avoid serious damage down the road.

Backsplash Tiles Create a Stylish Focal Point

If your kitchen is lacking style, you can instantly improve a plain, boring space with a new tiled backsplash in a fresh color and pattern. An aqua backsplash tile adds uplifting color, and a series of floral cement tiles add drama, elegance, and style and act as a focal point. Tile the entire wall behind the kitchen counter, only up to the cabinets, or tile a fun design just behind the stove and up the wall. Even a small amount of cement tile on the backsplash will take the style to a whole new level and add a perfect punch of color and flair to an otherwise plain space.

Backsplash Tiles Make Clean Up Easy

Tiles are one of the easiest materials to keep clean because all it takes is a swipe with a damp sponge or cloth, and most splatters and marks are gone. No more embarrassing spots or stains, and you can have your kitchen cleaned and ready to present to guests in a snap!

Backsplashes Can Change the Theme of Your Kitchen

If there’s a particular style you want for your kitchen, such as a Fixer Upper inspired farmhouse or an eclectic bohemian style, a backsplash might be all it takes to achieve the look you’re going for. Crisp white tiles look classic yet charming and farmhouse-worthy, coupled with a farmhouse sink, of course. Posh black and white mosaic or geometric tiles ooze elegance. Even if you don’t change the color of the walls or replace the cabinets, a refresh of the tile backsplash can completely change the theme and style of your kitchen.

Backsplash Tiles Hide Wall Damage and Imperfect Areas

If your kitchen countertops don’t sit perfectly flush against the wall, a tiled backsplash can hide any discrepancies nicely. If there are any scuff marks or damage to your kitchen wall, a backsplash of cement tiles can hide these not-so pretty areas and prevent anymore damage from happening.

Backsplash Cement Tiles Add Perceived Value

Cement tiles look beautiful and expensive, and ooze style. Even though they’ve been around for centuries, cement tiles evoke a certain high-end style that seems only available to celebrity homes, designers, and magazine-worthy spaces. However, cement tiles are affordable and practical, and can add a serious boost to the overall look and feel of your kitchen. Cement tiles make your kitchen look effortlessly chic and add a boost of perceived value to your entire kitchen.

Cement tiles are the perfect choice for your kitchen backsplash if you want to completely change the look and feel of your kitchen with one cost-effective upgrade.

Granada Tile offers one of the widest selections of top grade cement tiles for the kitchen backsplash, with many beautiful styles to choose from as well as the opportunity for homeowners to personalize and customize their own designs. Get in touch with the sales team today to begin designing your kitchen upgrade.

9 Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom with Cement Tile

Bathroom Cement Tile

Tiles are the most obvious material homeowners and contractors turn to for a new bathroom or bathroom remodel. Tiles are durable, and easy to clean, which are perfect qualities for the room of your home that deals with plenty of splashes, spills, condensation, and personal care smudges. Cement tiles offer all these key features and more; they are even more resilient and hard-wearing than ceramic tiles and come in a wide variety of styles to help you design a beautiful bathroom space all without any major remodeling.

Bathroom Cement Tile Installation Options:

To begin, let’s take a look at the different places where cement tiles can be used in a bathroom.

Bathroom Floors

The floors in your bathroom are a perfect place to install cement tiles since they can hold up to constant use.

Bathroom Walls

The bathroom walls aren’t spared from splashes and splatters and cement tiles can make your walls resistant to water damage, mold and mildew, and very easy to clean with a swipe of a cloth and some warm water.

Shower

The shower needs to be able to combat mold growth and prevent water from wearing down the structure of the floors and walls. Cement tiles will keep your shower dry and in tip top shape without mold and staining.

Ideas to Upgrade Your Bathroom with Cement Tiles:

Along with the different places you can use cement tiles in the bathroom, there are even more ideas to design and create with them.

  1. Make a Graphic Statement

Cement tiles come in just about any color you can think of. In your bathroom, use a couple of different cement tile colors and patterns to create a graphic statement on a wall or in the shower. Use two colored cement tiles to create a striped pattern in the shower, or diamond or rectangle shaped dual toned cement tiles to create a wow-factor geometric statement piece.

  1. Create a Floor Focal Point

Make an unexpected statement in the bathroom by designing the floors as the focal point rather than the walls. Choose cement tiles in a flashy pattern and tile the floor and potentially the shower floor to create an interesting focal point.

  1. Don’t Shy from Color

Even small bathrooms can benefit from some color and it’s not something to shy away from. Think vibrant tiles and brightly colored patterns on the floor, walls, or in the shower. Light colors make a small room look larger and brighter, and larger bathrooms have more options like vibrant colors and deep tones.

  1. Mix and Match

To add interest and a variety of textures, you can use various tile shapes in different colors. The different tiles can separate the dry areas of the bathroom from the shower and allow a variety of shapes and colors to accent the space. Stick with the same color family in different shapes and sizes to create a cohesive, expansive look.

  1. Play with the Trim

The bathroom floor is an excellent place to play with tile trim and unique borders. An idea is to install tiles on the walls and the base trim, with a different set of tiles on the floor with a strip around the exterior. The unique combination of tiles on the walls and floor can make any size bathroom look stylish.

  1. Keep the Walls and Floor the Same

Decorating your bathroom with the same tile on the floors and walls is a simple way to make a wow-worthy statement. It gives the impression of a luxurious, contemporary hotel and can make other features stand out, like the sink and vanity.

  1. Create Architectural Details

In an otherwise simple bathroom, you can fake your own architectural detail by installing cement tile around the vanity and mirror. Whether the vanity is flush against the wall or set in its own nook, wrap tiles up the wall from the floor, flanking the vanity, and drop down the ceiling to create a charming feature.

  1. Make a Watercolor Wall

The watercolor illusion is made using the same shaped tiles in a variety of shades of the same color. Think fresh blues and earthy greens, or neutrals like grays and creams. The result will be completely one of a kind.

  1. Create Your Own Zen-Like Spa

Spas generally focus on serene neutrals, soft colors, and avoiding busy patterns and too many variations. To create a clean, consistent look that inspires serenity, adhere to the less is more rule and tile all the walls with one tile and a neutral grout.

You can completely transform your bathroom and give the illusion of an expensive total remodel with cement bathroom tiles and some artistic styling.

Granada Tile carries a full line of cement tiles in different colors and patterns, and offers the opportunity for buyers to personalize and design their own custom tiles. Get in touch with us today and tell us all about your bathroom upgrade plans!

 

What Are Encaustic Cement Tiles?

Encaustic Tiles

While hardly a modern material, encaustic tiles are very popular in the home decorating and interior design world. Homeowners of all tastes are turning towards tiles, specifically cement tiles, for their unique patterns, vivid colors, and practical qualities. If you’ve been looking into this endearing material, you may have come across varying terms and descriptions, and some confusion over what you’re actually looking for. Some sources describe encaustic cement tiles, and others say cement tiles aren’t actually encaustic. So which is it?

We’ve created this blog post to help clear up any confusion you have over encaustic tiles and cement tiles, and to lay a clear foundation for what products will be best for your home projects and for the look you’re going for.

What Does Encaustic Mean?

The term encaustic means “to heat or burn in” from an ancient Greek word. Encaustic materials are produced through a process which involves heating to seal in the dyes and clays. Traditional encaustic tiles are made using clay and powdered glazes, and are fired in a coal or wood-fired kiln. The firing process heats the clay and powdered colors to seal in the design and create a hard surface. These types of tiles are technically called ceramic tiles, but many sources and even tile manufacturers have interchangeably referred to them as both ceramic and cement tiles.

The Difference Between Cement and Ceramic Tiles

Cement and ceramic tiles may look quite similar to each other, but they are actually made with very different materials and processes. Cement tiles are made with a mixture of cement, sand, pigment, and mineral powders that is poured into a metal mold that forms the pattern design. Ceramic tiles involve clays and glazes that are fired in a kiln.

Many tile buyers have become confused by the ambiguous term encaustic, since it has become normalized to describe both cement and ceramic tiles. When you’re looking at a specific product, you’ll want to do your research and contact the manufacturer to determine whether they are cement or ceramic tiles if you aren’t sure.

You may also find this useful: Cement Tiles vs Ceramic Tiles

Are Cement Tiles Truly Encaustic?

No, cement tiles are not truly encaustic, but it is an acceptable label for cement tiles, also known as inlaid tiles. When cement tiles were first introduced during the mid-1800s, the Victorians thought they looked just like encaustic tiles which have been around for centuries, and mistakenly started referring to them as encaustic tiles also. Since then, the term has been widely used interchangeably to describe these two tile art forms.

The Features and Benefits of Encaustic Cement Tiles

Besides the varying manufacturing processes, you may wonder about the biggest differences between encaustic cement and ceramic tiles and why you would choose one over the other. Encaustic cement tiles and ceramic tiles both come in countless patterns and color combinations. They often feature designs inspired by different cultures and architectural influences. They are also both used in many types of projects, from kitchen backsplashes to floors to outdoor spaces to decorative wall features.

History has shown us that cement tiles typically hold up better than ceramic tiles and display less wear and tear over time. When comparing two different tile floors in Paris that were both installed in the early 20th century, our team found the cement tile to show less fading and wear than the ceramic tile.

When glazed, ceramic tiles are scratch-resistant and waterproof and make great materials for a kitchen backsplash, bathroom countertop, or a decorative wall feature. However, they aren’t the best for high traffic areas like floors, inside showers, or outdoor patios.

Cement tiles are more durable than ceramic tiles and make for the ideal choice for both light and heavy traffic areas in and outside your home. They make great kitchen, living room and bathroom floors, shower tiles, backsplashes, and patios and outdoor showers.

Here are a few more of the unique qualities of encaustic cement tiles which may inspire you to choose them over ceramic tiles:

  • Cement tiles are eco-friendly. Since they aren’t fired, they use far less energy than ceramic tiles and do not emit pollution into the air.
  • Cement tiles use all natural ingredients.
  • Cement tiles are individually handmade to create one-of-a-kind products with their own subtle variations.
  • Cement tiles are scratch-resistant and less likely to cause slip and falls. (It meets the standards for slip resistance established by ASTM (can’t remember what that stands for).
  • Cement tiles are suitable for busy areas, the outdoors, and for decorative features.

Where You Can Find Encaustic Cement Tiles

Granada Tile is the number one online manufacturer specializing in cement tiles. They have their own cement tile designs in a variety of collections and patterns, and will create a one-of-a-kind design for you if you have your own pattern and color combination in mind.

Get in contact with the sales team today at sales@granadatile.com to request a sample tile and begin the process of ordering your own unique encaustic cement tile.

7 Reasons Why Your Business Needs Commercial Floor Tiles

Commercial Floor Tiles

Commercial spaces often face the challenge of wanting to appear stylish and unique compared to competitors, while involving the practicality of being able to accommodate heavy usage. When it comes to the flooring, a few basic materials come to mind, such as laminate flooring and vinyl tiles. But those options often sacrifice one important quality for another, like beauty for cost, and durability for perceived value. There is one material, however, that combines these two important principles beautifully, and that is cement floor tile.

What Are Commercial Cement Floor Tiles?

Cement tiles are a type of hard floor tile that are very different from ceramic tiles. Unlike ceramic tiles, cement tiles are not made with clay and aren’t fired in a kiln. They are made from a mixture of cement, sand, color pigments, and powdered minerals that is poured into decorative molds and compressed with about 2,000 pounds of pressure. The mixture combined with the manufacturing process results in a tile that is extremely hard-wearing and resilient to wear and tear.

Cement floor tiles might be the perfect flooring material for your commercial space, whether it be a restaurant, boutique, hotel, resort, café, office building, or even a hospital. Keep reading to learn of the many benefits of cement tiles for your business.

The Benefits of Cement Tiles for Commercial Spaces:

  1. They are Exceptionally Stylish

Cement tiles offer a nearly infinite range of colors, patterns, textures, and designs. They are one of the most versatile and customizable materials on the market. Whereas many buyers choose cement tiles for their kitchen backsplash or for a decorative wall feature, cement tiles are just as suitable for the floor, and can turn the floor of your commercial space into a focal point in and of itself. Popular cement flooring ideas include geometric designs, mosaic and floral patterns, and culturally-inspired designs in black and white and virtually any color you can imagine.

  1. They are Easy to Remove and Update

For restaurants, hotels, shops, cafes, and other commercial spaces that need to update their appearance fairly regularly to keep up with trends and remain updated, fresh, and attractive, commercial cement floor tiles are easy to remove and re-install with either new tiles in the same pattern, or an entirely new look. On the other hand, hardwoods or poured concrete flooring can be a costly nightmare to remove and replace, and repair worn out areas.

  1. They are Durable

Backed by a fortifying mixture of cement, sand and aggregate, cement tiles offer unmatched durability against heavy traffic and regular usage. Unlike other flooring materials like ceramic tiles and hardwoods, cement tiles won’t wear out or fade with time or lots of foot traffic.

  1. They are Resistant

Water resistant floors are a must-have for restaurants and cafes. But even for commercial spaces that don’t typically view water as a constant issue, cement tiles can combat water damage and the issues that come with it including cracks, and mold and mildew growth.

  1. They can Withstand Heavy Foot Traffic

With a busy commercial space, heavy foot traffic is a positive thing, but not for floors. Cement tiles can keep up with the demands of a busy commercial business. Lots of wear and tear typically wear off the color and veneer of other materials, but since the coloring of cement tiles is not on the surface of the tile, it’s not worn off or faded easily by heavy traffic, vehicles, or direct sunlight.

  1. They are Scratch-Resistant

Scratch-resistant floors are particularly appreciated by homeowners with pets but commercial business owners can also benefit from scratch-resistant cement floor tiles. Whether you own a pet grooming business, a pet daycare center, or a busy restaurant or retail boutique, cement tiles can prevent shoes, carts, clothing racks, and luggage from scratching your lovely patterned floors.

  1. They are Easy to Maintain

Besides style and durability, commercial owners look at maintenance and cost as the other most important factors for floors. Cement floor tiles are very low maintenance and easy to keep clean. Their durability ensures repairs and replacements are infrequent over time, and their sleek surface makes cleaning dirt, water, and dust a simple task. You can save time and money both in the immediate and long-term with cement floor tiles.

Cement floor tiles deliver the best of both worlds for commercial spaces; they offer unmatched style that speaks to the brand of the business or organization, and exceptional durability that will keep them looking great for a long time.

Granada Tile offers one of the largest inventories of commercial cement tile online. Our collections feature a wide array of colored tiles in many different patterns, and we can also help you personalize and customize your own design. Get in contact with the sales team today at sales@granadatile.com to get started!

 

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