are encaustic cement tiles right for me?




Are cement tiles right for my project?

Cement tiles may be new to you, but in other parts of the world they have graced the halls and walls of fine homes and cool cafes, as well as regal hotels and stately institutions. However, most people know very little about these historic tiles. If you’ve been wanting to add cement tiles to your tile project- check out the 5 items below to see if you and cement tiles are meant for one another. If you can answer yes to ALL of these questions, then clé would highly recommend our unparalleled cement tiles for your tile project.

Is your installation for interior floor and walls? Or exterior floors or walls? Or water features (such as fountains or the waterlines of pools)?

One of the most frequently asked questions when considering cement tiles is – where can I use them? And the easy answer is – virtually everywhere! But to be more clear, for interior spaces cement tiles are just as ideal for kitchens and baths, on their floors and on their splashes and tub surrounds, as they are perfect for making a grand entry, sturdy mud room or laundry floor or exciting fireplace surround. For exterior purposes, in warm climates cement tiles are perfect for the veranda, fountain accent, terrace walls and patios.

Do you like color, black/white combinations, or subtle neutrals?

Virtually all colors seem to take on a new life when created with the natural pigments used to make cement tiles. The muted and highly irregular nature of these pigments insures that no two tiles are ever alike. Therefore, even when using a bold color palette, contrasting basics (like black/white) or the most evenly matched neutrals – cement tiles will convey all your favorite color combinations with a muted quality that will make them perfect for any design application.

Are you drawn to matte surfaces that are great underfoot and on the walls?

Cement tiles are best known and loved for their distinctive matte, silky finish that can only be achieved with the encaustic cement tile craft. Each and every tile is hand formed and takes on the natural pigments in a varied and soft-to-the-touch surface. No two tiles are ever alike, which adds to their unique hand crafted qualities. For clients that want more sheen to their cement tile finishgloss sealants can be used to provide for this.

Are you open to perfect imperfection?

Clé cement tiles are unparalleled in quality and finish. They are pre-polished and pre-sealed and our studios have been perfecting the handmade craftsmanship required for cement tile production for more than 100 years. It is that aspect to clé cement tiles that makes for the highest quality tiles for your projects. And it is the same production process that makes each and every tile by hand a perfectly imperfect rendition from tile to tile. As each swirl of pigment fills the tile molds in a slightly different way, and each craftsman’s hand forms each tile with the slightest of nuances, we hope that you will examine each of your cement tiles with the same pride of which each craftsman poured into every mold.

Is patina your thing?

Cement tiles are a natural product, each tile is completely hand crafted of natural pigments and other materials. With a top layer that is mainly marble dust and pigment powders, they have mineral similarities to limestone, and their care and maintenance resembles that of French limestone. With time your tiles will take on an inherent patina from wear and tear and guarantee your tile project will have the beauty you’ve come to love when visiting the best cafes, museums and other destinations whose floors have withstood the test of time and show their patina as a badge of honor.

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