cement tiles

Hello. Let me introduce you to my new crush: cement tiles!
It was killer to unwrap the first pack of tiles we got a few weeks ago! (and since then I have two of those babies still in my room and look at them everyday, the surface is so soft and smooth… can’t wait to have them tiled in the bathroom) Look at these beauties!

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Cement tiles got a quite history – beyond just over here in Austria.
They were widely used in hallways of houses around 1900. Due to their durability they are still in use, so in Austria it’s quite normal to have such floors in old tenement buildings and residential houses.
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Those tiles are pretty thick (about 2 cm) and they consist of two layers: the motif layer (front) and the cement layer (backside).
They are extremely durable but also open-pored and the surface is sensitive to aggressive detergents.  As cement tiles are not fired, they derive their durability from the combination of finely dehydrated ground cement layer (back) and the pigment layer(front) which is hydraulically pressed into the surface and becomes a part of the tile. There’s not a glaze or paint layer on the surface of the tile but we’re going to varnish them with a sealer to make them resistant against (most) stains.
I’ll write a post about it as soon as we lived a few month with them and let you know what are the major do’s and don’ts of this material.

I found a little video about the making of those tiles at our suppliers homepage.
Take a look :

4 thoughts on “cement tiles

  1. Katharina, you really are like the Austrian House Nerd! I JUST put forward a payment for patterned cement tiles for our bathroom floor yesterday! I too am obsessed with them… they are not cheap here, and I debated for a long time whether we should get them or not, partly because of the reasons you mentioned, but in the end, they won, and I am so excited about receiving them next week. Can’t wait to see them in real life! And the ones you chose look absolutely beautiful – can’t wait to see the end result! :)

    • We are sisters-in-crime!
      I know! they are really expensive also over here in Austria! But you’ll see it’s worthwile … as soon as you brush with your fingers over this remarkable, flawless surface!
      I’m curious which pattern you ordered looking forward to see it on your blog!
      High five, nerd-girl!

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