OUR Cement tiles
Thank you for checking out our Encaustic Cement Tiles, here you can find out some history about these beautiful tiles, how the tiles are made, the sizes available and a handy installation guide.
Cement tiles are known by many names, Encaustic Tiles, Baldosa Hidraulicas in Spain, Cuban tiles in the USA and Carreaux de Ciment in France. At London Encaustic we call them beautiful. They were orginally made in the 1800's, indidually, by hand and the process has hardly changed in all that time.
The tiles are made using a mix of coloured pigment, crushed marble and cement. The Coloured pigment is poured in to a mold seperating all the different sections of the pattern. The dry cement and marble mix is sprinkled on to the pigment next, this is to get any moisture out of the pigment mix. Following that a sand and cement mix is poured on top of the mix, and then a metal lid is placed on the frame. Finally the whole frame is placed under a hydraulic press, and 1000 lbs of pressure is put through it, then the frame is removed and voilla! one tile is ready for 14 days of drying in the sun.
Our tiles are available in 2 sizes. 20cm x 20cm squares and 20cm x 23cm hexagonal form. They are 1.6cm thick.
We recommend using LTP colour enhancing sealer to protect your tiles. The tiles are very pourus and can be stained if they're not sealed properly.