CEMENT TILE - cross 8"x8" sample
CEMENT TILE - cross 8"x8" sample
cross encaustic cement tile
is a pattern of diminutive crosses repeating throughout a simple format. this clean and elegant approach produces an austere pattern with a gothic vibe. sounds irresistible? it is, especially if you have a floor or wall that needs a simplistic touch with a strong visual.
encaustic cement tile
here is our modern take on a historic tile that, over the past 150 years, has been referred to by dozens of names including encaustic cement tiles, cement tiles, concrete tiles, hydraulicos, cuban tiles, and so on. these alluring tiles have stood the test of time and have echoed their beauty across many continents.
clé creates one of the finest cement tiles in the world, and this quality still permeates a surface which is muted, varied, matte and silky. cement tile patterns and shapes are already impossible to refuse, but it's the variegated colors that make them one of today's most sought after tiles for, both, walls and floors, as well as, indoors and out.
what are encaustic cement tiles?
clé celebrates this historic cement tile with our own modern take on a 150 year old tile crafting legacy. each encaustic cement tile is painstakingly hand crafted, one tile at a time, to create solid or patterned tiles formed from pigmented cement. the tiles are not fired in a kiln, but are cured in water for a lasting cement surface that is as stunning in its finish as it is good for the environment.
are you intrigued by these hand crafted inconsistencies? cle 100% guarantees that no two encaustic cement tiles will be alike. in fact, it is all these imperfections that designers find so captivating. HOWEVER, should your design tendencies not lean toward imperfection, then encaustic cement tiles are not for you!
and please enjoy our clé exclusive finish...your clé cement tiles will arrive pre-sealed and pre-polished to assist in the shipping and first steps of your tile installation.
what does it mean to have cement tiles pre-polished and pre-sealed?
other cement tiles do not have the benefit of a pre-polish and pre-seal finish. this finish is typically a 30% additional fee.
however, clé provides this finish complementary with all our cement tile orders. this means that all of our cement tiles arrive with the cement surface "tooth" polished away. this allows the tiles to resist surface dirt and helps to begin their inherent patina, right away.
the polishing is completed with a light penetrating sealer that allows the tiles to ship without the abrasion issues that are prevalent when shipping pigmented tiles. this sealant also assists through the first stages of installation (setting and pre-grouting). we keep the sealant light so that it doesn't act as a bond barrier for the setting material. this is why we require additional sealant prior to grouting (to help prevent grout staining).
therefore- please be sure to seal your tiles prior to grouting- and then again, after grouting and cleaning the final installation. *see sealing information below.
i've heard that cement tiles can be difficult to care for. how do i know if cement tiles are suitable for my project?
cement tiles have been gracing prestigious architectural projects around the world for a very long while. however, they are new to the U.S. and Canadian markets. due to this, clients in these regions are not accustomed to these tiles that have a natural unglazed finish and will undergo an inherent patina. (*click here for our patina guide)
if you are using tiles in kitchens, bathrooms, showers, restaurants and lobbies (all high-traffic areas) even after sealing cement tiles- you should expect a degree of patina as your tiles slowly acclimate to their location. if you are not familiar with unglazed surfaces that will age with time (such as limestones, terracottas, marbles etc) and are not a fan of patina, then you may want to select another tile.
how much variation should i expect?
if you are expecting perfect tiles- then cement tiles may not be for you. cement tiles are created from cement and natural pigments. this, alone, creates tiles of extreme variation of color, pattern, shade and size. additionally, each tile is made by hand- one tile at a time. if your project requires beautiful hand made variation that is perfectly imperfect, then cement tiles will be good for your project.
where can i use cement tiles?
please see the "usage section" of the product page.
how does the tile ship?
cement tiles ship on pallets via ground by one of the best shippers in the nation- XPO.
how do i know if the ship-to address is in a high-zone area?
if you live on or near an island, peninsula or require a bridge or specially sized truck to reach your destination, you are in a high-zone area. also, if you live in an urban area that has extreme cartage fees such as boston, washington dc, or nyc, you are in a high-zone area.
also, clients who live on or near narrow, tree-lined or hilly areas, please be aware that these same difficult conditions may make it impossible for trucks carrying heavy cargo such as cement tiles to reach your area. in this case, you will need to make arrangements with our shipper to pick up your tiles at their closest depot.
are there any additional fees to expect for shipping?
additional fees, restrictions and exclusions:
high-zone delivery areas - fees vary depending on zone
shipping to an island or peninsula
inside delivery, white-glove service
why do you recommend that my order contain 10%-15% more to my measurements?
there is always the potential of breakage during moving and shipping tiles (2%-4%). also, you should always have additional tiles for making tile cuts during your installation, and to store for possible future plumbing (or other construction) repair needs.
what are minimum order requirements?
for in-stock tiles - 2 full boxes (10 sf)
for standard tiles (non-stock) - 75 sf by the full box
for special tiles - your choice our colors and patterns - 150 sf by the full box
for custom orders - 250 sf by the full box
when can i expect my order?
in-stock - 2-7 week days
non-stock - 8-10 weeks
custom - 12-14 weeks (after sample has been approved)
can i cancel my order?
you have 3 hours to cancel your order. after that, you are responsible for standard refunds or exchange rules.
are there trade discounts?
yes, please contact us through our trade membership page.
do you sell internationally?
yes, however, there are 500 SF minimum orders for international shipping (outside North America).
floor, wall, kitchen, backsplash, shower floor, shower wall, freeze/thaw, fireplace, exterior wall, exterior floor, hospitality, commercial, residential