everything you need to know about cement tiles
by clé tile | published: Apr 21, 2021
a cement floor tiled with clé tile solid cement squares in metal.
We often say that the experience of cement tile is the closest you can get to painting a room without using paint. if you’re looking for vibrant colors and a smooth and silky texture, plus the opportunity to get creative with custom patterns, cement is the tile for you.
whether you are just beginning your cement tile journey or are about to place an order, we hope to provide you with all the information you’ll need from deciding if cement tile is the best tile for your project, to tips on where to install cement tile, to cement tile cleaning and maintenance. see a complete list of cement tile blog posts below.
ARE CEMENT TILES RIGHT FOR ME?
If cement tiles are new to you, rest assured that in other parts of the world they have graced the halls and walls of fine homes and cool cafes to regal hotels and stately institutions for at least a century. read more in our post on choosing cement tile, including how they are made and what you should expect with a cement tile from color variation to patina.
- interior floors
- exterior floors (non freeze/thaw)
- interior floors warmed with radiant heat
- interior walls
- exterior walls (non freeze/thaw)
- steam showers
- residential heavy traffic
- commercial heavy traffic
- sink backsplashes
- stove backsplashes
- fireplace surrounds
(left) clé tile pattern cement squares in new west pattern one. design: natalie myers / photo: charlotte lea. (right) clé tile solid cement hexes in black. design: veronica valencia / photo: megan welker
TOP INSTALLATION TIPS FOR TRIM, GROUT AND SEALANT
ORDERING AND RECEIVING CEMENT TILES
a patterned floor created with clé tile cement rectangles in black.
TIPS ON CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE
over time, a natural patina will occur on cement floors as they naturally wear. a mild, ph neutral soap (such as meyers) should be sufficient for most cleaning, but make sure to do a spot test before general use.
check out our blog post for more guidelines on cement cleaning and maintenance.
Finally for an overview of installing cement tiles please see our video and share with your installer when the time comes.