Cement tiles have witnessed a sharp decline in their popularity in recent times. This is often attributed to the increasing popularity of ceramic tiles, including porcelain. Cement tiles are still popular among homeowners who prefer a distinct flooring option. You cannot really compare cement tiles with ceramic tiles or even natural stone because there are amazing patterns and designs that can completely transform your home. If you are considering cement kitchen tiles, then you ought to know their strengths and weaknesses.
Cement tiles are referred to as concrete tiles, Victorian tiles, Mission tiles, Cuban tiles or hydraulic tiles. Encaustic tiles are not cement tiles. What Americans refer to as encaustic tiles have clay, a component that is not used in cement tiles in the United Kingdom or rest of Europe. Cement tiles are common in Mediterranean architecture and Latin revival styles. Cement tiles are around a hundred and fifty years old. They are handmade. They have floral and geometric patterns or designs. They are rich in colours and can have a variety of other desirable attributes. Cement tiles are made of natural materials and are subjected to an enormous pressure. They are not treated to high temperatures as is the case with ceramic tiles.
Cement tiles are eco-friendly. Natural components do not have any adverse effect on the environment and since there is no need of firing the tile during its production, there is no burning of fossil fuels. The colours are natural pigments. Cement tiles are naturally antiskid or slip resistant, owing to their composition and finish. You are unlikely to slip on a wet cement tiled floor, even if your feet are completely drenched. Cement kitchen tiles are handcrafted, and they are highly bespoke. You can go for a genuinely unique design if you have one in mind. You may also get a manufacturer to come up with a distinct design just for your kitchen.
Cement kitchen tiles do have some problems but none of them pertain to the composition or the implications. Cost is a factor as cement tiles are more expensive than ceramic. Even porcelain tiles are mostly cheaper than cement tiles. You can install cement tiles on floors and walls as backsplashes or dados. But the floor or the wall should be compatible with cement tile. Such tiles are heavier than ordinary ceramic tiles. The installation process is also a tad more complicated. Cement tiles need sealing and resealing. They can also get damaged upon exposure to acids or harsh chemicals.