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Cement Tile in Commercial Spaces: Coffee Shops



Cement Tile in Commercial Spaces: Coffee Shops

The rich jewel tones in these cement tiles have created an atmosphere of whimsy and carefree relaxation in this Toronto coffee shop. Because they are so durable, cement tiles are an excellent choice for commercial floor applications, or high-traffic residential spaces.

Pin It Cement Tile in Commercial Spaces: Coffee Shops

Commercial Cement Tile Floors

The use of cement tile in high-traffic areas is quite common throughout Europe and South America where it can be seen on the floors, walls, and steps of centuries-old churches, homes and businesses.

Cement tiles have withstood centuries of wear -- an important factor for commercial floors. Its strength lies in its beauty, its skid-resistance, and most notably, its ability to age gracefully since the manufacturing process dictates for the color to be about 1/8"-thick. You can see how cement tile in a Las Vegas cigar shop graces the floors and walls of this commercial establishment, as well as adding style to this resort's high-traffic foyer.

Our Traditional cement tiles can be customized with colors found in the Heritage Color Palette. Refer to the Cement Tile Customization Services page for additional tile customization options.

Over the years, we've received many questions regarding the durability and manufacturing standards of Traditional Cement Tile. Here are the answers to the two most common questions:

What testing specification are the tiles made to so that we know the floor will be durable?
Unlike ceramic tiles, cement tiles are not manufactured to conform to TCA - ANSI standards for the class/application.

What standard do they confirm to, and have they been tested to ensure quality for our application?
Because cement tiles are not a mass-marketed or mass-produced product, no standards have ever been developed. However, since there are no quality standards, where you buy is almost as important as what you buy. Make sure to purchase them from a knowledgeable seller that you trust and know. Equally important, the vendor needs to understand the product, source it from only reputable manufacturers, and provide the service and support required for your installation. If you follow this advice, the cement tiles specified for large, commercial applications will last a lifetime.

You can find more information about cement tile manufacturing practices in our blog post, Cement Tile Quality Manufacturing Standards.

Cement Tile Installation Tip

Cement tile can be used on the floors, walls, and ceilings of bathrooms, showers, and other wet areas of a commercial installation if they are sealed properly with a penetrating sealer. This step helps to avoid stains, while keeping the tiles watertight.

Installing cement tile is a fairly simple process, but it must be done with care in order to achieve the best results. To fully enjoy the versatility of handmade cement tile, we recommend reading our Cement Tile Installation Guide.

Lastly, each cement tile is individually handmade, therefore, slight variations in thickness, shade, imperfections and irregular edges are normal, and are to be expected. These characteristics add to the products natural appeal and do not compromise the performance of the tile. It is very important when installing to pull pieces at random from different boxes in order to achieve a better distribution and blending of the material.

If you need further assistance or have any questions about cement tile, then please feel free to call our offices at 888.739.4972 or email us at: info@AventeTile.com.

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