New to Cement Tile Patterns? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Kim Gordon Designs used Granada Tile’s Chantilly cement tiles to create a stunning kitchen.
Kim Gordon Designs used Granada Tile’s Chantilly cement tiles to create a stunning kitchen.

Cement tiles can be an outstanding addition to any home decor scheme. They’re durable and last practically forever, and they come in a wide range of patterns, with the possibility of custom colors and patterns. You need to understand a number of things about cement tiles before diving in, however. Learn five important things that designers and architects need to know when shopping for cement tile patterns for the first time.

Cement Tile Patterns: What to Know

There are five core things you need to know about cement tile patterns. They’re durable and long-lasting, there is a range of patterns to choose from, they are very easy to maintain and you can even make custom colors and patterns. If there is a downside, it’s that there are certain places where they are not recommended for installation. Let’s break down each of these elements in detail.

 

Granada Tile’s Fez cement tiles at Meson Nadi Hotel.
Granada Tile’s Fez cement tiles at Meson Nadi Hotel.

Durable and Long-Lasting

Unlike many types of tile, cement tiles are hand-poured as opposed to hand-painted. That means that the color pattern is thicker (approx 1/8”). The color will last a great deal longer than hand-painted tile. Cement tiles are also solid and durable, enabling them to stand up to heavy wear.  Even if they were to get a small ding, it would not be very noticeable as the underlying color is the same as the surface color.

A Variety of Designs

You’ll find a wide variety of designs available when you shop for our in stock tiles. In fact, our current selection alone offers contemporary, decorative, floral, modern, multicolored, ornate, stylized floral, solid-color and simple designs. Check out our in-stock page for a complete listing.

Easy to Maintain

Once installed, these tiles are super easy to maintain. Just use a pH-neutral soap and water and they’ll last for many years. There’s no need for abrasives, bleach or acids — in fact, these are not recommended. Properly sealed cement tile won’t absorb stains, but soda, wine or other acids should be wiped up quickly, as they can eat through the sealant.

Kim Gordon Designs used Granada Tile’s Chantilly cement tiles to create a stunning kitchen.
Kim Gordon Designs used Granada Tile’s Chantilly cement tiles to create a stunning kitchen.

Custom Colors and Patterns

If you don’t see a design you like in our pre-existing list of patterns, you can opt to customize colors of our existing patterns or choose new patterns of your own. Just find a pattern that inspires you and tailor it to the location and color scheme where you want to install it. Be sure to check out our easy-to-use Ultimate Guide to Customizing Encaustic Cement Tile Patterns, then get in touch with us for more information.

Granada Tile’s custom Copenhagen cement tiles at Four Seasons in Arizona.
Granada Tile’s custom Copenhagen cement tiles at Four Seasons in Arizona.

Where Not to Use Cement Tiles

Cement tiles are not great for every location. They are a poor choice, for example, for use in garages or driveways, as they’re not made to withstand the weight of vehicles In most indoor spaces, however, they can be a great option for a beautiful, stylish and sturdy tile option. They are also not recommended for exterior use in climates that freeze.

Get Started on Your Tile Project Today

If you’re ready to start working with cement tile patterns in your next home or professional space decor project, Granada Tile is ready to help. Check out our in-stock page to place your order or explore the customizable options here. If you have any questions at all, contact our sales team at 213-788-4238 or sales@granadatile.com.

 

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