How Cement Tile is Made
Each cement tile is hand made to order in the same way that hydraulic encaustic tiles have been crafted since the 1800's and passed from generation to generation.
Cement tiles are built with three layers.
First Layer: The wear layer or tile face is a mixture of highly resistant portland white cement, powdered white marble and natural colorants. Wear resistance, color and brightness rely on the quality of this layer.
Second Layer: This layer is a mortar made of fine sand and standard portland gray cement. The mortar is applied as a base to reinforce the first layer, providing the ability to withstand high compression loads for the finished product.
Third Layer: This is a porous mixture with the required thickness for impact strength before and after installation. This is accomplished by using rich high quality cement.
The tile is then hydraulically pressed under high pressure. A good tile should be highly compact and waterproof. Once complete, the tile undergoes a thorough curing process.
Special and Unique Characteristics of Cement Tiles: