Handmade Cement Tile: Defining Quality

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Handmade Alcala Cement Tile on a bathroom wall. In my last post, I introduced Avente Tile’s newly published Guide to Buying Handmade Cement Tile. This 14-page downloadable Guide features information, examples of cement tile installations, FAQs, and more. To understand the nuances of cement tile, let’s look at what cement tile is, and how it differs from ceramic or porcelain tile. What is Handmade Cement Tile?

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Hexagon Cement Tile – Patterned and Plain

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Star and Hexagonal Tile Panel, 13th-14th century (Nishapur, Iran). The six-sided polygon, which can be found in honeycombs, crystals, snowflakes, and most importantly tile, creates a classic yet distinguished look. Arabesque Hexagon Spanish Paver Tile | Avente Tile. Beginning in late 2013, it was evident the hexagon was once again climbing in ranks as a desirable shape in the designs and patterns of tile. Geometric Cube A 8" Hexagon Cement Tile | Avente Tile.

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New Cuban Cement Tile from Aguayo Tile

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. A few weeks ago, I shared 2015 Tile Trends from my annual pilgrimage to Coverings , a trade show for tile and stone. I promised to share some other great new tile finds that Avente Tile will be adding to our offerings. Not being one to disappoint, I want to show the new Cuban Heritage Cement tile offerings from Aguayo. Cuban Heritage Design 140 4B Cement Tile. Cuban Heritage Design 150 4A Cement Tile.

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Designing with Cement Tile: Shapes, Sizes, Formats

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Exercise your creativity with handmade cement tile! Last month, we reviewed the time-tested quality manufacturing processes and techniques utilized in producing handmade cement tile. In this third installation, we’ll take a look at the various sizes, shapes and formats available with cement tiles. Also, because cement tile is a handmade product, it’s further possible to exercise your creativity with Cement Tile Customization Services.

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Pre-Sealing Cement Tile: An Important Step

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How to Apply a Grout Release - Cement Tile Install Tips. When you see a finished cement tile installation (or any tile installation), it''s hard to visualize just how bad it looked when grout was first applied. The only way to get grout into the joints is by spreading it with a tile trowel. With glazed ceramic tile, grout removal and clean-up can be difficult. While preparing to pre-seal your cement tile, take the opportunity to inspect each tile.

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Cement Tile Border Pattern Creates Charming Patio

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Cement tiles naturally create an Old World ambiance with their traditional patterns and color variations that occur from being a hand-crafted product. For this Italian restaurant, using cement tiles was an obvious choice not only for their time-tested durability, but also for their effortless ability in helping to create a quaint, yet sophisticated, atmosphere. A cement tile border pattern can be used to create a rug.

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Behind The Cement Tile: Granada Tile’s Santander Concrete Tile

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As regular readers may know, Granada Tile’s global perspective and love of travel means that we like to name our encaustic tile patterns after cities, countries and favorite spots around the world that inspire us. Case in point, our Santander cement tile. This seashore, with its wide swaths of changing color due to the shifting patterns of waves and calm, wet sand and dry sand became the inspiration for our concrete tile pattern.

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Benefits of Pre-Sealing Cement Tile

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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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Custom Commercial Cement Tile Inspiration

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Customizable cement tiles, from clockwise (top right), include: Traditional Melilla ; Classic Serengeti ; Traditional Gran Cordoba ; and Geometric 02 Cement Tile. Handmade cement tiles are a great choice for commercial, hospitality, and retail spaces. Not only do these tiles deliver an unforgettable decorative impact, but because they are handmade, they can be customized to fit the client''s needs, thanks to an extensive palette of colors.

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Amazing Cement Tile Designs for Your Fireplace

The Cement Tile

Cement tiles are becoming ever more popular with each passing year, from do-it-yourself remodeling jobs to the homes of big-name celebrity stylists. Cement tiles add a sense of style that can be rustic, deco or even modern. Let’s check out some amazing designs for your cement tile fireplace and learn why you might choose this versatile, sturdy and stylish form of tile for your home or business. Why Use Cement Tiles?

Steak & Whisky + Granada Tile Toscano Cement Tile

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For this week’s cement tile Tuesday spotlight, we turn our attention to Hermosa Beach, California, a spot for surfers, sun and now Steak & Whisky, brought to you by Chef/Partner Tin Vuong and executive chef John Shaw. . American fare, exposed brick, barn wood and our Toscano cement tiles equal a great new steakhouse in Hermosa Beach. Breaking News cement tile cement tiles concrete tile.

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Ombré Cement Tile

Cement Style

The new Ombré collection from Villa Lagoon Tile is a departure from traditional cement tile design. Inspired by the traditional textile technique of dying or weaving color from dark to light, Our Ombré tiles start with a highly saturated pool of color shifts from dark to light as a result of our artisans’ deft blending of hand poured, pigmented cement. Villa Lagoon Tile’s “Buzz” pattern in a Maple Sugar Ombré.

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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Elevations Relief Cement Wall Tile from Avente Tile

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Last month, I reported some of my favorite tile trends and finds from Coverings in the my blog post Tile Trends 2015: Variety is the Spice of Tile. One of the most unique new tile designs I spotted at the show is a relief cement wall tile line from Aguayo Tiles called Elevations. Without further ado, Avente Tile is proud to announce the premier of this exciting design line of relief cement tiles.

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Avente Tile's Cement Tile Buying Guide: The Source for Finding Cement Tile That's Right for You

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Avente Tile''s Guide to Buying Handmade Cement Tile. Handmade cement tile has to be one of the most beautiful types of tile available for transforming a space into a personal expression of pattern, style and design. However, since it is a handmade product, figuring out what makes a high quality and durable cement tile isn''t immediately obvious. The six steps/subsections are: What is Handmade Cement Tile?

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Cement Tiles Exude Warmth, Flexibility in Master Bath Redesign

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Needless to say, I was thrilled when a customer from La Crescenta, CA called to order more tile. As you can see, the showy bathroom uses one of our boldest, most colorful cement tile patterns, Melilla. Melilla Cement Tile in Master Bath. Not only did the customer embrace color and pattern, they also combined cement tile with mosaic wall tiles. Cement tile rug with warm mosaics show how well.

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Cement Tile Patchwork Makes Kitchen Backsplash Sing

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Patchwork tile floors and walls using encaustic cement tile are incredibly popular. A cement tile patchwork design was used for this kitchen backsplash. She explained, "The cement tile patchwork really provided the pop of color she wanted for her white kitchen." Cement tile patchwork designs provide a colorful focal point for this kitchen.

A Better Saltillo Tile: Rustic Cement Tile Pavers

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A Saltillo tile entry features a cement tile rug. A few weeks ago, we spoke about the history, production and properties of Saltillo tile. To recap, hand-crafted from natural clay deposits, authentic Saltillo tile can only come from one place in the world - Saltillo, in the state of Coahuila in Mexico. The process of turning this special Mexican clay into tiles has remained unchanged since 1577. To recap, Saltillo tiles: Vary in color and shape.

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Applying a Penetrating Sealer to Cement Tile

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Sealers for cement tile should be applied to protect the tile from water and staining; but, they can also be used to enhance or restore color. A color enhancing sealer was used on this exterior cement tile walk, stair risers, and treads to protect them and brighten the colors. Color enhancing impregnating sealers are used to brighten cement tile colors, especially exterior tiles subject to fading from the sun.

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Cement Tile Spotlight: Even More Sensational New Cement Tile Designs

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If you hadn’t noticed it by now, the last few months have been busy ones for Granada Tile , design-wise. How about bringing the flair of Spain to your next wall tile installation? How can you not love a concrete tile design that brings the flavor of classic Spanish tile designs into your project? Granada Tile’s new Toledo cement tile design will bring the feel of classic Spanish design to your next cement tile installation.

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Cement Tile Spotlight: Thinking Big with Our 10-by-10 Cement Tiles

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Are you looking for cement tiles but maybe ones that are of a slightly larger scale? Granada Tile has the perfect solution for you. Not only does our Echo Collection of concrete tiles offer stunning tile designs in an eight-by-eight size, but we’ve got some other sizes and shapes to choose from. The cement tile design really takes advantage of its large scale, with an elaborate strapwork pattern dotted with flowers in roundels.

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9 Great Black And White Cement Tiles

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All you have to do is to take a look at at a house where our Serengeti encaustic tiles rock the fireplace’s surround to see that! Our cement tiles look fresh and modern when pared down to a strict palate of black and white. While you can order any of our concrete tiles in this color pairing, here are nine tiles from our web store that are just a click away from arriving in your home! Santander encaustic tiles are a bold take on black and white stripes.

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Designer Spotlight: Jessica Helgerson Loves Granada Tiles Cement Tiles

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Many of her beautiful, livable and comfortable spaces have included our cement tile designs. From residential kitchen floor tile and restaurant bar tile to bathroom tile, our concrete tiles are part of her calm, collected and serene spaces. Here are just a few examples of her work that include our encaustic tile designs. Designer Spotlight bathroom tile bathroom tile design black & white black and white cement tile concrete tile.

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Cement Tile Spotlight: Scaling Up and Down with Cement Tile

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Have you decided on a cement tile design? At Granada Tile , we offer some of our most popular Echo Collection cement tile designs in several sizes. On the smaller end, Granada Tile has six-by-six inch cement tiles. For example, you can go for our flagship Echo Collection concrete tile design, Fez , in a smaller size. One of our most beloved cement tile designs, Granada Tile offers Fez in a scaled-down, six-by-six inch size.

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Cement Tile Rug Creates a Welcoming, Warm Patio

Tile Talk

The stunning pattern of our Traditional Alcala cement tile series, in a custom colorway, creates a spectacular entry for this Southern California home. The owners wanted to showcase the front porch of their home with a dramatic cement tile pattern and border using warm colors and earth tones that were not only complementary to their own home, but also to their historic neighborhood. Choose from any of the 80+ Heritage Cement Tile colors we offer.

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Cement Tile Patterns for Patios and Floors

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Cement tile floors for outdoor patios or indoor living spaces allow you to create unparalleled visual appeal using patterns together with the colors of your choice. Each project shows how cement tile is being used to create flooring that is both personal and unique. Cement tile floor pattern using Wave in Stormy Blue and White. Durable and easy-to-maintain, cement tile is a great choice for floors.

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Moroccan-Inspired Cement Tiles: Art for Your Kitchen

The Cement Tile

With Moroccan-inspired cement tiles highlighting key areas of your kitchen, you can inspire your family, friends and guests with the visual “flavor” of faraway lands. The bold color, sweeping lines, and intricate patterns of Moroccan-inspired tiles work together to introduce romantic allure into a home’s kitchen. If you’re searching for a unique backsplash or a show-stopping floor pattern, you can integrate handmade tiles with ease into your existing space.

Get The Look: Use Granada Tile’s Ronda Cement Tiles For The East Borough Restaurant Look

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East Borough, a hip Vietnamese restaurant in Culver City, has incredible food and incredible cement tiles. When we took a closer look, we couldn’t help thinking that they look exactly like our Ronda concrete tiles. While not all of the cement tiles we see in restaurants, coffee shops and homes are our concrete tiles, Granada Tiles carries many of the classic tile patterns found around the world.

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Tile Trends: Encaustic and Hydraulic Cement Looks

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Encaustic and hydraulic cement styles are making a comeback in tile. Spanish tile manufacturers are on the forefront of this ceramic tile trend. Here’s a look at some of the encaustic and hydraulic cement looks from Tile of Spain: Vanguard Rise series from Aparici reaches towards the sky as an accent wall in this restaurant space. Blog Aparici Apavisa cement ceramic Cevisama Coverings encaustic hydraulic Mainzu natucer Tau Tile Tile trends Trends

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Cement Tile Creates Calming Resort Spa

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. Designers cleverly chose cement tile flooring for this resort spa to achieve a calm and peaceful atmosphere in a commercial setting. River rock mimics the cement tile pattern in the spa corridor. The cement tile floor utilizes a simple interlocking circle pattern and two-tone color palette in soothing green to create tranquility. Cement tile in a soothing green and simple pattern create calm at this resort spa.

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Avente Tile's Guide to Buying Cement Tile

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Avente Tile''s Guide to Buying Handmade Cement Tile. Handmade cement tile has to be one of the most beautiful types of tile available for transforming a space into a personal expression of pattern, style and design. However, since it is a handmade product, figuring out what makes a high quality and durable cement tile isn''t immediately obvious. A sample page of Avente Tile''s Guide to Buying Handmade Cement Tile.

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Installation Equation: A Patchwork of Cement Tiles

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Design*Sponge recently did a q-and-a with Melanie and Marcos on cement tile—to reboot their Ask an Expert series. They have some great words of wisdom to take with you as you choose your tiles or embark on a cement tile installation. There’s also a great rundown of some of our favorite cement tile installations from the past few years! Tile photo courtesy Paola Devis.

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3 Handmade Cement Tile Ideas for Your Indoor-Outdoor Bathroom

The Cement Tile

Indoor-outdoor bathrooms bring the elements of the great outdoors to the home’s interior, through poured cement, thick greenery, or even natural woods. Bold tiles in neutral color palettes are paired with large windows and rustic woods that elevate a utilitarian space. Look no further for inspiration, as we’ve curated three handmade cement tile ideas for your indoor-outdoor bathroom. The feel of cement tile in a shower provides the user with a down-to-earth touch.

The Ultimate Guide to Customizing Encaustic Cement Tile Patterns

The Cement Tile

You can achieve an unmatched artistic expression for backsplashes, floors, and walls by creating your dream encaustic cement tiles. True custom tile means more than simply picking a color or picking a pattern. Encaustic cement tiles have numerous practical purposes, but what they’re best known for is the beauty and variability they offer to those seeking something special and unique. There are a few constraints for designing a cement tile.

Consider Granada Tile Nara Cement Tiles For A Graphic Kitchen Tile Backsplash

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Although you may have found us through some of our more well-known cement tile designs, like our geometric Fez concrete tiles , when it comes to choosing the encaustic tiles that will work for your concrete tile installation project, we have many different cement tile patterns to choose from. Nara’s concrete tile pattern is based on 200-year-old embroidery patterns from Japan, known as sashiko.

Behind The Cement Tiles: Serengeti

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Welcome to cement tile Tuesday. We have a tradition here at Granada Tile for naming our cement tiles after the places that they bring to our mind. When we saw the intriguing design of this concrete tile, with its dynamic triangular pattern and its light and dark stripes, it evoked memories of a movie we’d seen in IMAX with its herd of zebras galloping across the vast plains of the Serengeti.

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4 Most Instagram-Worthy Cement Tiles

The Cement Tile

A great way to start is to choose elegant, sturdy, and vibrant cement tiles. Check out four Instagram-worthy cement tiles and the projects in which they were featured, and learn more about where to find these and other patterns for your own use. Fez Tile.

Cement Tile Spotlight: Cement Tile Borders Add Sophistication to Your Tile Installations

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As Granada Tile ‘s Marcos and Melanie travel the world, always on the hunt for sensational cement tile inspiration, one thing stands out—in some of the most beautiful and stunning concrete tile installations, it’s the ones with borders that often make the biggest impact. Simple or more elaborate, adding a border element to your next cement tile installation can be the difference between ho-hum and fabulous. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

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A Granada Tile Normandy Cement Tile Floor Brings Elegance To A Luxury Bathroom Renovation

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Depending on their color and pattern, Granada Tile’s cement tile designs can fit style sensibilities ranging from the bohemian to the traditional, from modern to elegant. Granada Tile’s Normandy cement tile pattern definitely falls into this last category. And, in the subtle pairing of pale grey and white, in stock colors which are available in our cement tile web store , these cement tiles wash a space with quiet elegance.

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Cement Tile Quality Expectations in Custom Design

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By Bill Buyok , Avente Tile. To help gain perspective and set realistic expectations of handmade tile, I often say artisan tile are like the strokes of an Impressionist painting or hand woven rug. One of the most common questions I hear when people receive their first sample or order, is that the "The cement tile is not perfect" in some way. Handmade Cement Tile will have slight imperfections. Pattern lines on tiles should be crisp.

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Serengeti Cement Tile Tames Alfred Coffee Shop

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Granada cement tiles and great coffee are a match made in caffeine heaven. The best coffee shops around the country are decorated with our tiles. The latest example finds our Serengeti cement tile on the patio of Los Angeles’s hottest new coffee shop, Alfred Coffee. Breaking News Alfred Coffee Shop cafes cement tile cement tiles coffee shops concrete tile.

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Easy Bathroom Makeover with Handmade Cement Tiles

The Cement Tile

One of the best ways to add value to your bathroom makeover is by choosing handmade cement tiles. Check out these design ideas featuring our line of eco-friendly, long-lasting cement tiles, and discover some inspiration to take your bathroom remodel to the next level. This elegant shower design makes use of our Droplet tile. It establishes a splash of country-blue color in an otherwise white-tiled tub. Choosing Handmade Cement Tiles.

Cement Tile Designs: The Possibilities Are Endless

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Which of the three tile designs above do you like best? Whichever one you said — left, right or center — here’s a secret: they’re all made with the same tile! Like the perfect black dress, the beauty of our cement tile designs is their ability to morph from classic to casual to modern or traditional depending on which way they’re oriented.

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