Porcelain Paving Vs. Natural Stone

The London Tile Co.

It goes without saying that all paving materials will have pros and cons, but with porcelain fast becoming the material of choice for patios we wanted to see how it compares to another popular material: natural stone. The most common types of natural stone used for paving are sandstone, granite, slate and limestone – all of which have a beautiful natural look. NATURAL STONE. Natural material. Naturally textured but can become slippery.

Feeling Groovy with Dimensional Tile

Architectural Ceramics

Because we are in the business of selling tile however, we want to know how you feel about a cool, up-and-coming trend: dimensional tile. Here, we’re featuring just some of the dimensional tile collections available through Architectural Ceramics. Breeze through each one; from natural stone and cement, to ceramic and glass, we offer dimensional tile in a range of material types. Want to learn more about natural stone as a tile material?

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Take It Outside: Outdoor AC Tile Collections

Architectural Ceramics

Check out a few Architectural Ceramics tile collections, suitable for outdoor use, that have you covered under foot and under water. The Ins and Outs of Outdoor Tile. What type of tile can be used outdoors? Whether using tile under foot on a balcony, your pool deck, or in the pool itself, outdoor tiles come in a few varieties. While all types of tile can be used outside, it’s important to note they may not be suitable for all types of environments.

Subtle Seaside Style: Tile Inspiration & Collections With a Soft Touch

Architectural Ceramics

This time last year, we featured a beach blog about AC’s Naturals Collection whose soft color palette and names are inspired by nature. Dive in with us, as AC looks toward tile collections that lend themselves to a subtle seaside style. The tile’s iridescent shine reminds us of a polished pearl. AC’s Sonoma Tile Maker’s line, the Vihara Collection, color Puka Iridescent, eHex mosaic. Or visit the Naturals Product Page of our website here.

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Tidying Up: How to Clean Up Different Tile Types

Architectural Ceramics

While we can’t help you clean out your closet by purging, thanking, or folding your clothes, Architectural Ceramics can help you clean your tile floor or backsplash. Check out the following tips below, organized into categories, to care for and maintain your porcelain, ceramic, glass or natural stone tile. Simply put, when it comes to porcelain tile, the care and maintenance required is almost none. Use soap and water to clean the tile.

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10 Hot Summer Destinations & Tile Inspirations

Architectural Ceramics

Come globe trotting with us to beautiful vacation spots, home and abroad, that offer endless design and tile inspiration. While sites like Travel.com offers suggestions of where to go with their article, the Top 10 Most Searched Summer Destinations , at Architectural Ceramics, we’ve come up with our own 10 cities, as well as tile collections inspired by each popular place. The dimensional ceramic tile is available in two main shapes, Elle and Tear.

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Benefits of Pre-Sealing Cement Tile

Tile Talk

By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Pre-sealing cement tiles is not a required step in all manufacturers'' installation procedures; however, it is something I recommend. Before deciding whether or not to pre-seal your cement tiles, let''s make sure you understand the purpose of pre-sealing along with its benefits and risks. Using a grout release or pre-sealer on cement tiles helps ensure a successful installation. Why Pre-Seal Cement Tile?

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Tile with Money in Mind

Architectural Ceramics

So take a break from crunching the numbers, and take a look at a few tile examples from Architectural Ceramics that have cash in mind. We’re hoping you’ll file one or two ideas away to use on a tile renovation after a tax refund comes your way. It goes without saying, when we thinking of tile that reminds us of money, penny round tile is the first thing that comes to mind. The penny round tile shown above is in a matte finish and the color Copper.

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Cementing The Latest Trend In Design: Cement Tile

Architectural Ceramics

Wait…Cement Can Be Tile? Cement tiles are an ingenious combination of cement, marble powder, water, sand, pigments, time and patience. A technique that uses a mold to make designs in many colors and a press to harden the tiles without requiring heat. The absence of kilns and high temperatures in the manufacturing process differentiates these tiles from other pavers. What Are My Cement Tile Options? Why Cement Instead of Porcelain?

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May Featured Tiles: Malmo Cement Effect & Aquarius Stone Effect Tiles

The London Tile Co.

We’re looking forward to BBQ season and seeing all the wonderful garden designs created using our range of outdoor porcelain tiles. This month we’ve got an extra-special treat for our customers as both of our Featured Tile ranges are best sellers. Add a modern twist to your bathroom with these gorgeous cement effect porcelain tiles, suitable for walls and floors. For a stylish finish, why not add matching 450x450mm porcelain floor tiles.

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March Madness: ACI’s Final Four Tile Matchups

Architectural Ceramics

With the final four games this weekend, Architectural Ceramics put together our own final four match ups, and it’s just what you’d expect: tile. ACI employees filled out tile brackets and the results are in. Download your own 2018 Tile Bracket here. Let’s see how your tile picks compare to a few of our own; and which material, porcelain, ceramic, glass or stone is favored to take it all. Tile Stats By Type. Natural Stone.

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Custom Cement Tile Pattern Creates Contemporary Clubhouse Charm

Tile Talk

By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Despite hundreds of existing cement tile patterns, sometimes you just have to literally "break the mold." Custom cement tile patterns, like this one for a clubhouse, provide limitless possibilities for commercial design. The designer hit a hole in one with a custom pattern that speaks volumes about the flexibility of cement tile and how well it works in contemporary design. Existing cement tile molds.

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How to Clean and Maintain Cement Tiles

The Cement Tile

Cement tiles are one of the most popular materials on the market today. From floors to walls, cement tiles come with many benefits that outlast both ceramic tiles and hardwood floors. While cement tiles have been proven to last many, many years, they still require the regular cleaning and occasional tile-specific maintenance to remain strong and beautiful. Similar to natural stone, cement tiles can be refinished with a fine grit (e.g.

Surge: AC’s Glass-Inspired Ceramic

Architectural Ceramics

Check out Architectural Ceramic’s Surge Collection, featuring a large-format ceramic tile, that mimics illuminated glass and includes bold electric colors too. AC’s Surge Collection, a large-format ceramic tile made to look like back-lit glass, has several features that make it a bright idea: 8″x24″ field tile. With the look of back-lit glass, this large-format ceramic tile has us doing a double take. Want to learn more about cement tile?

Amalena Meadow Cement Tiles Celebrate Global Design

Cement Style

Villa Lagoon Tile designers bring a global perspective to every new tile design, finding inspiration in the shapes, patterns, colors and textures of different parts of the world. Sometimes, that inspiration results in the merging of influences to create one-of-a-kind patterns in handcrafted cement tile. Or, make the look completely your own with our easy-to-use cement tile design tool that allows you to customize your color palette. Customize your tile.

Amalena Meadow Cement Tiles Celebrate Global Design

Cement Style

Villa Lagoon Tile designers bring a global perspective to every new tile design, finding inspiration in the shapes, patterns, colors and textures of different parts of the world. Sometimes, that inspiration results in the merging of influences to create one-of-a-kind patterns in handcrafted cement tile. Or, make the look completely your own with our easy-to-use cement tile design tool that allows you to customize your color palette. Customize your tile.

Why Use Porcelain Tiles Outside?

The London Tile Co.

Not all tiles can be used outdoors, and you might have heard about using porcelain paving on your patio or in your garden – but why? From our famous changeable weather to heavy garden furniture, the great British outdoors can be a hostile environment for tiles.

Caprice Grove Cement Tile Echoes Traditional French and Spanish Patterns

Cement Style

Inspired by French and Spanish cement tile traditions, the Caprice Grove cement tile pattern by Villa Lagoon Tile is a new classic featuring alternating quatrefoils and spear-point crosses. The Caprice Grove handcrafted cement tile features a floral pattern that makes for a sophisticated backdrop in a home bar and entertainment area, inside or out. Entryway featuring Caprice Grove bordered by Solid Ponderosa cement tile.

Tile Backsplash Ideas for Modern Vanities

Tile Talk

By nature, modern design is chic, trendy, fashionable, and in vogue. Your options for backsplashes are wide-ranging, not only based on the materials available, but the orientation of the tiles, techniques used, and molding features. Style of Decorative Tile Backsplash: Handmade Cement Tile. Natural Stone Tile. Glass Tiles. Mosaic Tiles. Classic White Subway Tile. Metallic tiles. Themed Tiles.

Amalena Meadow Cement Tiles Bring Classic Cuban Style Home

Cement Style

Transform your home into a tropical paradise with Villa Lagoon Tile. Inspired by classic Cuban style, the Amalena Meadow cement tile pattern energizes any space with a bold floral and geometric design. The tile’s hues hint at straw hats and Caribbean water. Or, make the look completely your own with an easy-to-use cement tile design tool that customizes your color palette. These Cuban-inspired tiles are made to last: no printed-on color here.

How to Seal Cement Tile Grout

The Cement Tile

Cement tiles are handmade artisan products renowned for their amazing array of design possibilities and unmatched durability when compared to other tiles. Like all concrete and natural stone, cement tiles are porous. When installing cement tiles , whether on a floor or wall, they must be sealed before and after grouting to prevent the grout staining the tile. Sealing Grout for Cement Tiles Vs. Ceramic Tiles.

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Enjoy Your Outdoor Space All Year Long with this Backyard Remodel ‘How-To’

Cement Style

If you’re thinking of installing cement tile into your outdoor living space, Chelsea perfectly captures the process and experience here. . And, we’re always here to help — whether it’s for design inspiration or help to choose tiles for your outdoor (or indoor!)

New Tile Introduction: Magma

The Perfect Bath

It is no secret that I love tile. I am very familiar with white or red clay body tile, and as in the case of Grove Brickworks, brown clay. However, our new collection of tile, Magma, is created from the materials spilled from an erupting volcano. This mixture creates a tile that is very durable, with the properties of natural stone. Uncategorized Ceramic Clay Lava Magma Natural Stone Organic Tile Volcano Waterworks

New Tile Introduction: Magma

The Perfect Bath

It is no secret that I love tile. I am very familiar with white or red clay body tile, and as in the case of Grove Brickworks, brown clay. However, our new collection of tile, Magma, is created from the materials spilled from an erupting volcano. This mixture creates a tile that is very durable, with the properties of natural stone. Uncategorized Ceramic Clay Lava Magma Natural Stone Organic Tile Volcano Waterworks

Cement Tile Is The Best Tile Flooring For Indoor Showers

The Cement Tile

Tiles are the go-to material for bathrooms and showers, but that doesn’t mean you have to go with the same, boring square tiles. Cement Vs. Ceramic Vs. Glass Vs. Stone: Which is Best for Indoor Showers? Cement tile is enjoying a recent return to the spotlight and is one of the most sought after home materials on the market today. Ceramic tile is manufactured from clay and powdered glazes and is fired in a kiln to harden. Cement Tile is Strong.

Tangier Primero Cement Tile Has Vibrant Patterns, Rich Colors Evoking ‘Boho Chic’ Look and Feel

Cement Style

The Tangier Primero cement tile pattern from Villa Lagoon Tile features a Moroccan-inspired classic arabesque pattern that mixes warm and cool tones. The handcrafted cement tile pattern is “boho chic” and perfect for spicing up a kitchen accent wall or front hallway. Or, make the hues completely your own with an easy-to-use cement tile design tool that customizes your color palette. These dynamic tiles are made to last: no printed-on color here.

Carlotta Cement Tiles Glam Up Any Space, Evoking Allure of the ‘Roaring 20s’

Cement Style

The handcrafted Carlotta cement tile from Villa Lagoon Tile features a Cuban-inspired palm pattern that is perfect to create the sophisticated antique look and feel of the ‘Roaring Twenties’ decorative style. Or, make the hues completely your own with an easy-to-use cement tile design tool that customizes your color palette. These Art Deco-patterned tiles are made to last: no printed-on color here. MSRP for the tiles is $16.77

Going Above & Beyond: Backsplash Tile That Wows

Architectural Ceramics

While subway tile is a popular option and has it’s place, we’re here to challenge the norm. Here are a few beautiful examples of how opting for a material other than a 3″x6″ white subway tile can take your backsplash from a sweet and simple ceramic to something a bit more savory and show-stopping. Ceramic tile has a range of options far beyond a 3″x6″ white subway. Cement. Thanksgiving.

Havana Cantina Cement Tiles Evoke Cool, Eclectic Look and Feel of Cuban and Moroccan Design

Cement Style

This lovely pattern by Villa Lagoon Tile can transform your room to summon Morocco’s coastline or transport you back to the streets of Old Havana. Named Havana Cantina , the handcrafted “cultural crossover” cement tile looks stunning in a master bath or even as a kitchen backsplash. Or, make the hues completely your own with an easy-to-use cement tile design tool that customizes your color palette. These dynamic tiles are made to last: no printed-on color here.

Crow’s Feet Blue Cement Tile is a Bold Statement for Living Large in Any Small Space

Cement Style

The alluring hues and quirky shapes on cement tiles by Villa Lagoon Tile will give your space a personality like no other. With a hexagon geometries and radiating lines, the Crow’s Feet Blue cement tile pattern opens up multiple layout options. Or, make the hues completely your own with an easy-to-use cement tile design tool that customizes your color palette. These geometric tiles are made to last: no printed-on color here.

A Growing Trend: Matte Black Tile is Back

Architectural Ceramics

In case shopping at midnight or facial hair aren’t your thing, there’s another trend that’s growing attention: matte black tile. At Architectural Ceramics, we’re excited for this sophisticated tile trend. Here, we’re naming just a few of our tile collections that include a matte black ceramic, porcelain or stone. Let’s start with an Architectural Ceramic porcelain tile that offers several options: the Aristocrat Collection.

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Our Favorite Fall Tile Designs

Architectural Ceramics

We wanted to revel in Autumn for a bit, asking our resident tile experts to share fall tile inspirations for you. After all, we’re a bunch of tile-obsessed designers. Our stock wood-look porcelain Copper Rowe , in Tronco Natural; 2. Kylee Chatham, recently selected as one of NKBA’s Thirty Under 30 awarded professionals for 2020, wanted tiles that evoke feelings of nature with earthy textures and warm color palettes. Silver Wave Marble stone field tile; 2.

November Featured Tiles: Panache & Temple

The London Tile Co.

Updating your splashback with new tiles is a great way to give your kitchen a quick refresh and now is the perfect time do so. This month we have two beautiful tiles ranges to tell you all about, but don’t forget we have a large range of tiles available on our website for you to browse at any time. The 600x600mm porcelain floor tiles have a cement effect finish that is available in White, Grey, Beige & Mocha – each with a matching 700x250mm ceramic wall tile.

April Featured Tiles: Andalusia & Statement

The London Tile Co.

Sometimes all you need to freshen up your space is a small change, and replacing that splashback or those old floor tiles could make all the difference. Take a look at this month’s Featured Tiles for inspiration, or browse our wide selection of wall and floor tiles online today. For fans of rustic interiors, the Andalusia range has a textured look similar to weathered natural stone, with a beautiful patchwork patterned decor tile.

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Natural Slate & Glass Tile Bathroom Installation

Tile Excellence

Natural Slate & Glass Tile Bathroom Installation Natural stone slate tile is a very beautiful multi-color material that is not really a contemporary look but an all natural look. So it wouldn't seem that it would mix well with a modern contemporary glass tile look. But surprisingly, the slate tile installation job shown below turned out to be a very wonderful look.

Natural Slate & Glass Tile Bathroom Installation

Tile Excellence

Natural Slate & Glass Tile Bathroom Installation Natural stone slate tile is a very beautiful multi-color material that is not really a contemporary look but an all natural look. So it wouldn't seem that it would mix well with a modern contemporary glass tile look. But surprisingly, the slate tile installation job shown below turned out to be a very wonderful look.

The Ins and Outs of Specifying Tile with Anthony Carrino

Garden State Tile Blog

Whether you’re sourcing tile for a new build or updating an existing, there is something special about selecting the material that makes a space all your own. When starting the tile specification process, where is the first place to start? Blog Tile tile specification

Aqua Mix Non-Cement Grout Haze Remover from Custom Building Products

CUSTOM Insights Blog

Custom Building Products recently strengthened its line of award-winning Aqua Mix tile and stone care products with a focus on grout haze prevention and removal. In addition to updating our Aqua Mix Grout Release, we have also introduced Aqua Mix Cement Grout Haze Remover and Aqua Mix Non-Cement Grout Haze Remover to help installers avoid or address costly and time-consuming call backs associated with grout residue on tile and stone.

10 Benefits of Outdoor Porcelain Tiles

The London Tile Co.

Want to know why everyone’s buzzing about external porcelain tiles at the moment? Read on to find out why people are choosing porcelain over traditional materials like cement, stone and wood. 10 Benefits of Outdoor Porcelain Tiles. Strong – At double the thickness of a standard indoor tile our external porcelain is very strong and hard-wearing. The tiles are also calibrated for even thickness which makes installation easier.

What Are the Best Tiles for Showers?

The Cement Tile

Create a focal point in your bathroom that is also functional with cement tile. As the best tile for showers, cement tile offers a wide range of benefits for this space. Learn what they are in this article, discover the important qualities and practices to consider, and why Granada Tile’s cement tiles are the best for your shower refresh. Look for Tile Qualities and Conditions. The total average DCOF rating for Granada Tile is 0.73.

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July Featured Tiles: Priory Patterned & Calacatta Marble Effect

The London Tile Co.

Between the glorious weather, various sporting events on the TV and the lure of BBQ’s & pub gardens, we’re pretty sure you’re not thinking about new tiles right now. Just think – you could return from holiday to a bright new bathroom, or make the most of the sunshine and cook alfresco while your new kitchen tiles are being installed. Either way, we are excited to tell you about this month’s Featured Tiles.

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Installing External Porcelain Tiles With PorcelQuick Adpeds

The London Tile Co.

Traditionally the most popular materials for patios have been natural stone and concrete slabs for many years, but recently porcelain has seen a huge increase. Porcelain paving tiles are slip resistant, extremely strong and resistant to staining as well as moss & mould growth While some retailers may treat these tiles just like the paving they are used to, we are careful to advise and recommend based on the fact that they are porcelain and need to be handled differently.

August Featured Tiles: Chatsworth & Lyra

The London Tile Co.

Summer is in full swing and despite the up and down weather we are having a great time enjoying our new external tile display garden. Every month we like to pick two tile ranges and tell you about them in a bit more detail, and give you a 10% discount too. First up we have the Chatsworth range, which is a traditional looking tile that comes as a modular pack of six tiles. Choose from four natural shades; White, Sand, Grey and Beige.